Stating that the scenario of last Sunday’s referendum on independence and presidential elections in South Ossetia was “drawn up and controlled from Moscow”, “Aravot” editorializes: “Without breaking any international norm and insuring itself against the undesirable image of the one that seizes territories from a neighbor, at the same time made it clear to its western opponents that the region at issue is an area where it has vital interests, as well as resources to realize its interests.”
Discussing the possibility of the Karabakh settlement, “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes: “It is clear both to the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen and the parties to the conflict themselves that no progress can be registered in the settlement in the next couple of years. And so negotiations are continuing to maintain the dialogue.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” outlines the future look of the power pyramid. The paper argues that even after the completion of his tenure President Robert Kocharian “wants to remain in active politics and govern the country from the post of the prime minister, having a weak (formal) president.”
Under the headline “Vano Siradeghian turns 60”, “Zhamanak Yerevan” writes: “Who did he raise his glass with, did he do that at all, or did he sit and write a more talented story about the Lonely?... We don’t know.”
“Iravunk” reports: “A meeting of the council of representatives of the Constitutional Right Union (CRU) took place on November 11 and reaffirmed the decision of the CRU presidency to accept Hrant Khachatrian’s resignation and to unanimously confirm Hayk Babukhanian in the position of the party’s chairman.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that about a month ago a monument to the owner of Gyumri’s “Atsik” brewery, member of the Orinats Yerkir parliamentary faction Samvel Balasanian was set up in front of the brewery, standing up straight.
“168 Zham” publishes the evaluation of the National Statistical Service according to which as of October 1, 2006 the population of Armenia made 3,220,800 people.