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Citing its Washington-based sources, “168 Zham” writes that “the issue of deployment of peacekeeping forces in the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh has not been yet discussed during the meeting of the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen.” “That issue was partially discussed, however the final composition has not been discussed yet,” the paper’s sources say, adding: “The forces of those countries that are acceptable for both countries will be deployed.”

In its editorial “Hayots Ashkhar” reflects on the anniversary of the ‘Rose Revolution’ in Georgia: “The ‘Rose Revolution’ was a classical product of modern-day political technologies organized and directed from outside, in consequence of which [Georgian President] Edward Shevardnadze resigned on November 23, 2003.” According to the editorial, the ‘Rose Revolution’ was interesting in the sense that there was not even a word said about solving social problems. “Today, Georgia lives exceptionally at the expense of financial assistance from the West – prices and unemployment have drastically increased, relations with former autonomous republics have become more strained, let alone the current state of Russian-Georgian relations.”

“Aravot” claims in its editorial that politics in Armenia has been discredited. The paper emphasizes that it concerns also the opposition: “With insignificantly few exceptions they also say that ideas are not important today, but the only question is getting rid of [President Robert] Kocharian, let it happen first and then we’ll see.” “Aravot” brings a counterargument: “First, one change of power did happen in Armenia, but with the change of the president the evils the previous opposition was speaking about not only failed to be removed, but even considerably deepened.”

Under the headline “Tension in the Iranian-Armenian Community”, “Azg” informs its readers that “the Islamic Parliament of Iran allocated about two million dollars from the state budget to constitutionally recognized religious minorities for developing cultural, sport and media activities. About $535,000 of that sum was the share of the Armenians of Tehran.”

According to the paper, that sum was transferred to deputy of Tehran and northern Iranian-Armenians Gevorg Vardan, who despite being a deputy of the community, distributed it only among structures belonging to the Armenian Revolutionary Federation. “That is, the sum that was intended for the whole Armenian community of Tehran, was allocated by the deputy only to Dashnak structures,” the paper writes.

Under the headline “Not to Change Anything”, “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes about the efficient use of resources in Armenia: “They have again started to build communism in Armenia. This building process in reality means that everything is being done ‘not to do anything and not to change anything.’ And the whole energy of the country, all resources are directed at prolonging the current abnormal situation for a little longer, at least for two more years. And the longer the process of doing nothing gets, the more painful change becomes, which, according to the paper’s analyst, can only be delayed, but not avoided.”

(Atom Markarian)
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