“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” publishes Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s opinion that Armenian peacekeepers must continue their mission in Iraq. The paper reminds its readers that the term of the memorandum of understanding on the leadership of the multinational division as part of the stabilization force in Iraq and other similar issues expires in December.
Reflecting on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s concern addressed to his Armenian counterpart that Russia is not the largest foreigner investor in Armenia, the “Taregir” periodical emphasizes: “In fact, Putin made it clear to Kocharian that Armenia still has much to gift to Russia.”
Under the headline “Discrediting of Ideas”, the “Aravot” editorial writes: “Yesterday, our communists marked November 7 – the anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. As always a group of pensioners laid wreaths at the monuments to Shahumian and Myasnikyan and then marched a little under red banners. One, of course, can laugh at the poor elderly people who naively believe that there is a time-machine and by some miracle it can take us 30 years back.”
“The ideas of the equality of people, work for the benefit of the public and social justice are valuable by themselves and are as utopist as any other idea. But in our former country this ideas had been systematically discredited by those who were supposed to translate them into reality,” the paper writes and takes the analysis into our own days. “The situation would not be that alarming if it was only communist (socialist) ideology that had been discredited. During the 15 years of independence with the same vigor and consistency the ideas of liberalism and nationalism were being discredited, the ideas that are equally bright. As a result of the application of “market relations” we have several dozen illiterate bull-faced guys who, in fact, govern the country, and nationalism has been turned into a naphthalene-covered absurdity. And so, the absence of ideas ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections has objective grounds,” “Aravot” concludes.
The same daily presents Parliament Speaker Tigran Torosian’s views on the fighting between the Orinats Yerkir party and the Republican Party of Armenia in which the former junior coalition partner accuses the Republicans of launching a ‘smear campaign’ against their party.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that “Orinats Yerkir has requested the Prosecutor-General’s Office to probe into their allegations and prosecute those doing them wrong.
The headline of the article in “Hayots Ashkhar” dealing with the same subject reads: “Orinats Yerkir’s Conduct is Nonsense: Parliament Speaker Believes.”
Different media report that favorite pop singer Aram Asatrian died suddenly in the village of Oshakan on Tuesday. He was in the village as a godfather at a baptism party. At the feast table he suddenly feigned. Doctors failed to save the singer’s life. They said he had died of a heart attack.