Commenting on the recent visit to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, "Haikakan Zhamanak" describes the activity of the mediators as professional stagnation. Another opposition newspaper, "Aravot," compares the visits of the international mediators with the annual visits of Santa Claus. It has become a good old tradition, the paper comments. "But what will change if the best international body and the most skillful and genius diplomats take over the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiating process? The answer is nothing." The peace process has not moved one centimeter from a dead end, since the parties to the conflict don't want to think about resolving it from the angle of long-term perspective of regional cooperation and the importance of their peoples' well-being, the paper concludes.
The Russian language newspaper "Golos Armenii" believes that there is no reason to be optimistic about the prospects of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. "Whatever is said and talked about behind the scenes about developments during the meetings of foreign ministers and presidents, or about such incentives as Turkey's future membership in the EU, it is obvious that the positions of the conflicting sides are so different that it is impossible to talk about any real prospects of resolving the conflict," "Golos Armenii" concludes.
Public attention these days is mainly focused on the slide of the U.S. dollar, "Haikakan Zhamanak" writes. The official explanation is that there is huge inflow of cash dollars to Armenia, resulting in a decrease in demand for U.S. dollars on local markets, which in turn makes it cheaper to buy the U.S. currency. But experts believe that the Armenian Central Bank is to blame for currency situation, because the Bank still continues to pursue an unjustified fiscal policy, "Haikakan Zhamanak" reports.
"Aravot" carries a commentary entitled "The Green Terror" on the wholesale felling of trees in the downtown Yerevan. Despite numerous warnings and complaints, the Yerevan Mayor has done nothing to stop this practice. It is obvious that some high-level official is behind it, "Haikakan Zhamanak" writes.
"Hayots Askharh" too comments on the deforesting of Yerevan's green zones. The paper claims that trees are being felled to prepare the ground for a major construction project by powerful Minister of Local Government Hovik Abramian.