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"Following [Georgian] President Mikheil Saakashvili's visit to Armenia, Georgia has taken such contradictory and abrupt steps that almost all neighboring countries have the impression that Georgia is an unpredictable partner," "Hayots Ashkharh" writes. "The new Georgian leadership has overestimated international support [for it] after the 'Rose Revolution' and is trying to play the role of regional leader."

"Hayots Ashkharh" believes that Armenia and Georgia now have two simultaneous opportunities: to secure economic aid from both the United States and the EU, both of which are interested in deepening co-operation between Armenia and Georgia. If Armenia and Georgia act together on this issue, they can eventually secure benefits for their national interests from these two powers. If they act separately, they will be in the center of a clash between those powers.

The package of changes to the Armenian Constitution will be discussed in the commissions and fractions of National Assembly. President Robert Kocharian's representative Armen Harutiunian emphasizes in an interview with "Hayots Ashkharh" that "The main role now belongs to the political parties represented in National Assembly. They must not link the changes in the Constitution to being or not being part of authorities."

Mher Shahgeldian, chairman of the parliament committee on defense and security, told "Aravot" that the proposed changes do not include an amendment that would make possible President Kocharian's reelection for a third term.

"The fall of the exchange rate of the U.S. dollar has just one definition -- speculation," Hayots Ashkharh writes, arguing that the main responsibility lies with Armenia's Central Bank.

"Golos Armenii" writes that no official body will name the person who illegally wanted to build a cafe in the center of Yerevan, because the unnamed person is one of those who "enjoy invulnerability." The paper writes that even though there were rumors that Minister for Local Government Hovik Abrahamian may be sacked, he will get another job, because "his services to Kocharian and the Republican Party during last year's elections were invaluable."


(Vache Sarkisian)
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