“Hayots Ashkhar” predicts that it will be impossible to achieve a breakthrough in the Karabakh peace process by the end of this year and adds: “Although Russia needs to win Azerbaijan’s favors to complete the ring of energy blockade of Georgia in the upcoming winter, the settlement of the Karabakh conflict is likely to leave it not only without Georgia but also without the whole region.” The paper also predicts that if a solution to the Karabakh conflict is found Russia’s military presence in Armenia may also be called into question.
Presenting the public response to the bill on property confiscation passed by the National Assembly in the second reading this week, “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes: “Those who fell victim to ‘state and public needs’ failed to understand that the issue would not be solved by applauding the ombudsman in the yard of the Constitutional Court, nor would it be solved by shaming deputies of the National Assembly. Both the parliamentary majority and the ombudsman are [President Robert] Kocharian’s workers and will executive their boss’s orders.”
Citing its government sources, the “Iravunk” weekly suggests that Prime Minister Andranik Markarian’s order to state officials and their relatives banning their trips to Turkish resorts last summer pursued mercantile goals and was not the result of his patriotism or concern with the security of Armenian citizens in Turkey. In fact, the paper claims, the premier’s order was aimed at supporting his daughter’s travel business. According to the paper’s sources, Markarian’s daughter had signed a deal with a travel agent in Malta and besides, it says, tours to this island are cheaper.
The “Im Iravunk” (My Right) newspaper refers to certain confusion in Yerevan streets in recent days and writes: “The thing is that traffic police are actively trying to regulate traffic in the streets. This activity is fully justified as it has become practically impossible to move along central streets of Yerevan and traffic congestions in the mornings are simply intolerable.”