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Press Review


November 4, Saturday

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” asks what role Russia plays for Armenia – positive or negative? Does Russia want the Nagorno-Karabakh problem to be solved? Does it want Armenia to have normal relations with its neighbors? Does it want Armenia to have energy independence? The paper gives unequivocal answers to its own questions: Russia doesn’t. But in fact it does everything for Armenia’s relations with its neighbors, including Georgia, to become worse, to take control of all enterprises that could potentially end Armenia’s heavy dependence on Russian energy resources.

Strictly speaking, Russia is apparently acting in a hostile manner against Armenia, the paper writes, “but not because it doesn’t like Armenia, but simply because this policy meets its own interests.”

Yet, the paper adds: “It does not mean, however, that the West has a more favorable attitude towards us. The West is trying to help Armenia to settle its relations with neighbors in order to oust Russia from the region completely. But the West is not at all interested in Armenia’s becoming a normal democratic country and especially does not intend to support a solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh problem that would be acceptable for Armenians.”

“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” writes about a recent incident in Istanbul, Turkey, where during a forum dealing with television companies, Armenia’s National Assembly deputy Gegham Manukian representing the country’s Yerkir Media TV Company urged the Turkish society, and especially the media, to study “the black pages of their history and admit the fact of genocide.”

As Manukian’s appealed to Turkey “to have the courage to recognize the Armenian genocide” he was surrounded by police who tried to lead him out of the meeting hall. But police encountered opposition also from journalists.

“Zhamanak Yerevan” writes with irony about the same incident: “They feared lest Istanbul should become a sea of blood.”

The official weekly newspaper of the “Orinats Yerkir” party writes that their leader Artur Baghdasarian is highly regarded in international structures as an influential figure, the one to be reckoned with. “He is elected cochairman of a large structure and he makes them feel fear,” the weekly writes, explaining to its readers that it is powerful politicians who instill fear in others, those who can and are capable of playing a significant role.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” gives its commentary to the aforementioned publication: “An unprecedented thing has happened in the Armenian political reality – international structures began to be afraid of Armenian politicians.” How this fearful attitude is displayed in practice remains a puzzle for the daily: “Do United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan or PACE President Rene van der Linden crawl under the table or swallow their tongues when they see Artur Baghdasarian?”

“168 Zham” writes that on October 28, at about 5.30 am, prosecutor of Yerevan’s Avan and Nor-Nork districts Gevork Tovmasian, together with his aide and another person, without any court order or other legal grounds, entered Bar Association member Liana Balian’s apartment and committed illegal actions. Prosecutor Tovmasian threatened Balian with violence and told her parents that they would arrest their daughter and throw her to jail.

“Azg” carries an interview with Armenian priest in Jerusalem Hovnan Baghdasarian who suggests a way to encourage Diaspora Armenians to return and stay in Armenia. In particular, the priest suggests opening three new higher schools in Armenia: the Armenian Arabic University, the Armenian Iranian University, and the Armenian Spanish University. He advises: “Classes in these universities must be held in the respective languages: Arabic, Persian, and Spanish. Moreover, for ensuring a high standard, Diaspora Armenians and foreign lecturers should be invited from outside and the universities should be run by Diaspora Armenians.”

(Armen Dulian)
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