(Saturday, June 23)
“168 Zham” reports that the secretary general of the Council of Europe, Terry Davis, has dismissed as illegitimate the upcoming presidential election in Nagorno-Karabakh. “Today Nagorno-Karabakh is legally considered an occupied territory and a part of Azerbaijan,” he is quoted as saying. “I support the territorial integrity of all countries of the Caspian region, including both Armenia and Azerbaijan. But Karabakh is not a part of Armenia. Georgia has residents of Armenian descent, but that is not sufficient grounds for recognizing it as a part of Armenia.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Armenia’s National Security Service has refuted reports that its controversial criminal case against former Foreign Minister Aleksandr Arzumanian is leading nowhere. In a statement on Friday, the NSS said that a group of its investigators are currently in Moscow, trying to ascertain who sent a large amount of money to Arzumanian. The paper is bewildered by the explanation, concluding that the former KGB brought the case “without knowing who, how and from where sent the money.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” quotes the leader of the Social Democrat Hnchakian Party as blaming President Robert Kocharian and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) for its extremely poor showing in the parliamentary elections. “It is known that our party, which was set up in 1887, is marking its 120th anniversary,” says Lyudmila Sargsian. “Dashnaktsutyun, which was created in 1890, still can’t forgive us for the fact that our party is not only three years older but is a historical reality, that Dashnaktsutyun is merely a Hnchakian splinter group.” Sargsian claims that another reason why votes were allegedly stolen from the Hnchaks is the fact that the father of Kocharian’s press secretary Victor Soghomonian, Ernest Soghomonian, was expelled from the party several years ago for embezzling party funds. “So given the warm feelings harbored by Robert Kocharian towards his beloved Dashnaktsutyun and his young spokesman, we ended up in the last place,” she says.
“It is often said that ‘we are a cultured nation and ‘we are strong with our culture,’” editorializes “Aravot.” “That, to put it mildly, is disinformation. A cultured nation crosses streets at the green light and in proper places and does not turn up very late for work or a date and does not dream about getting rich by breaking the law.”