Garnik Isagulian, who is President Robert Kocharian's national security adviser, declined in an interview with "Hayots Ashkharh" to comment on the various explanations being offered for the dismissal last week of National Security Service Director Karlos Petrosian. "I don't think that the president has to explain his decisions on personnel changes. So there is no need for comments," Isagulian said. Armenian newspapers continue to discuss the implications of Petrosian's replacement. "The security service does not deal with security issues, but defends the economic interests of clans," according to Aram Abrahamian, editor-in chief of the independent daily "Aravot."
Armen Avetisian, an obscure extremist politician who recent spotlighted the politically sensitive subject of homosexuality within the Armenian political elite, says in an interview with "Iravunk" that he will make public sooner that he had promised a list of homosexuals among government officials and parliamentarians. "We have 100 percent true facts concerning homosexuals who work in the President's Administration, the Ministry of Justice and the Central Bank, and we'll make the list public regardless of whether doing so might jeopardise international aid and credits," said Avetisian. But Avetisian denied media reports that former National Security Service Director Petrosian secured compromising video footage of the officials involved and that that was the reason for his dismissal.
Opposition politician Ashot Manucharian, who was seriously injured in a still unsolved assault earlier this year, claims in "Iravunk" that the present situation in Armenia "calls for revolutionary changes." Manucharian is sure that Armenian political elite feels that "substantial and swift changes are inevitable." Manucharian is sure that "internal and external challenges will lead to changes very soon."
"Ayb-Fe" writes in an editorial: "[Armenia's] stance without any position, when we avoid expressing opinions on important geopolitical issues, damages Armenia's image. No country takes us seriously, everyone avoids real cooperation with us."