Commenting on speeches delivered at Wednesday’s high-level meeting of the Yerkrapah Union, “Aravot” says the influential organization may again pose a threat to President Kocharian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” draws readers’ attention to the large number of luxury cars parked outside the conference hall where the Yerkrapah gathering took place. “This is a very encouraging fact. After all, one of Yerkrapah’s declared goals -- perhaps the most important one -- is the improvement of the social plight of freedom fighters,” the paper notes sarcastically. Just as senior members of Yerkrapah were attending a posh reception dedicated to the official Day of Yerkrapah, a group of disabled war veterans was demonstrating outside the government building in Yerevan to demand payment of their meager benefits.
“Hayots Ashkhar” is outraged by the government’s failure to pay the veterans on time. The paper says money is always available when it comes to funding officials’ foreign trips, official festivities and conferences.
An elderly Communist deputy, Hrant Voskanian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the government also should not forget the veterans of the Second World War. There are not too many of them remaining alive, he says. “They are in need of attention and care,” Voskanian says.
A “Haykakan Zhamanak” correspondent who was recently in Nagorno-Karabakh writes that local people’s grievances are very similar to those cited many residents of Armenia. Many Karabakh Armenians are unhappy with the way their leaders have handled the economy. Even so, Stepanakert is now a much cleaner and cozier city than Yerevan. The nearby town of Shusha is a world apart, still bearing traces of the war.
Writer Zori Balayan writes in “Azg” on the tenth anniversary of Shusha’s capture by Armenian forces. The Shusha victory, he says, was remarkable in that it became “the precursor of real peace in the region.”