November 11, Saturday
“Zhamanak Yerevan” writes that the victory of Democrats in the United States provides grounds for more resolute activities to the newly appointed U.S. ambassador to Armenia Richard Hoagland to whom it is reserved either to overlook the unbridled election actions of today’s authorities in Armenia or show a tough and irreconcilable attitude towards them. Eventually, the November 7 elections in the United States can essentially change U.S. policies to ensure the country’s fair arbitration in Armenian elections and give it a role of influential and bold mediator needed for the speedy settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and Armenia’s relations with Turkey.
MP Hamlet Harutiunian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that when people of Karabakh extraction fought in the battlefield and gave thousands of casualties, no one spoke about the so-called Karabakh clan, because shoulder to shoulder with Karabakh soldiers in the trenches fighting were volunteers from different regions of Armenia and from the Diaspora. Now suddenly the Karabakh folks have become a clan and certain politicians and statesmen attempt to diminish their image. Meanwhile, during those years the Karabakh people proved that they can defend their native land and their right to live there.
“168 Zham” adds new details to its earlier story on Orinats Yerkir party leader Artur Baghdasarian who recently became cochairman of the International Commission of Caspian and Caucasian Countries. In its previous story, the paper claimed that the godfather of this commission was controversial Russian mogul Boris Berezovsky, who is now on Interpol’s wanted list. Now the paper substantiates its claims with information revealed by its Russian source. In particular, citing unnamed sources in Russia the tri-weekly writes: “The news not only corresponds to the facts, but furthermore during his stay in London Baghdasarian had a secret meeting with Berezovsky.”
On the occasion of the 60th birthday anniversary of Vano Siradeghian the “Hayk” newspaper publishes a big story about Armenia’s fugitive interior minister.
Another paper, “Aravot”, editorializes: “As any bright personality Vano [Siradeghian] cannot be identified with his party. When in 1994 the opposition staged rallies against Siradeghian the elite of the Armenian National Movement (HHSh) certainly rejoiced at every curse addressed to the interior minister. And on the contrary, when the first signs of the ‘rat race’ could already be seen in 1997, Siradeghian took over the helm of the HHSh and but for his contribution there would be no party bearing that name today.” The paper suggests that Siradeghian’s political biography is far from being complete yet. “So, it is not time to summing things up, simply let’s congratulate him on his birthday,” the paper concludes.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” writes that after the wedding of Prosperous Armenia party leader Gagik Tsarukian the tycoon decided to make a gift to the whole Armenian nation by organizing a big concert at the capital’s Republican Stadium and inviting Russian superstars to take part in it. The paper writes that the concert ‘left a deep moral and psychological impact on the rival Republican Party that decided to prove that some of its members have equally warm relations with Russian pop stars.
The paper announces that on November 16, the international student day, Yerevan Kentron district prefect Gagik Beglarian and the Republican Party will organize a big concert at the Karen Demirchian Sport and Concert Complex with participation of such stars as Tatu, Zhasmin, Premier-minister. The Republicans give assurances that the stars invites by them are more prestigious and expensive than Tsarukian’s Valeriy Leontyev and Natasha Koroleva.