“Aravot” queries whether it was a correct and prudent policy to drag out the settlement of the Karabakh conflict for a decade. In its editorial the paper first presents the government’s position on this: “The Karabakh conflict remains unresolved because the Azerbaijani side sets unacceptable conditions. There can be no economic progress at the cost of making concessions in the Karabakh problem. Due to our firm position, we have won greater respect in the world, and we have impressive achievements in the economic sphere acknowledged by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”
“To be honest, I’d be happy if this was true. But some facts, unfortunately, suggest that it is at best only half-true. In particular, it seems to me that the 10-year pause has left us out of the large projects being realized in the region and in this sense we’ve lost the opportunity of being at least a small factor for the world. Within the ten years we failed to create material values that would be able to compete with Azerbaijan’s oil. As for economic achievements, economists always advise to be careful with absolute figures -- if one striker scores 50 goals in the Armenian national championship and another scores 30 goals in the Spanish La Liga, it doesn’t mean that the former is a better footballer,” the “Aravot” editor concludes.
Under the headline “They Expel Indians to Bring in Russians”, the same paper writes: “Armenia’s Deputy Prosecutor General Gagik Jahangirian has filed a lawsuit with Armenia’s economic court against the Ararat Gold Recovery Company demanding that the court terminate the mining right provided to this company under a special license. “Our sources in the mining industry tell us that this step of the Armenian government pursues only one goal -- to force the Indians to sell the company as soon as possible.
A month ago the Ararat Gold Recovery Company’s Indian CEO told “168 Zham” that he had been told by the presidential administration to sell the company. “No reasons were given, but they said they wanted us to sell and leave,” CEO Sharma said.
“The legal action will make the Indians agree to concessions very quickly and sell off the company at a low price,” “Aravot” continues. “The selling price of the company is unlikely to exceed $50 million. This is the evaluation of the Zod mine by mining industry specialists. It was already in the press that a subsidiary of the Russian Prominvest Company intends to buy the company.”
Based on its observations “Hayk” concludes that the mission of the political party called the United National Progressive Party (or MIAK, abbreviated in Armenian) that appeared in Armenian politics shortly before the May parliamentary elections was to serve the career interests of its leader, Levon Martirosian, rather than pursue its declared political goals.
“Only a few days ago it became clear who and why established that artificial political party. MIAK’s leader Martirosian recently accompanied Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian to the village of Koti. He stayed near the Republican Party’s leader all the time, taking notes of what he was saying like a diligent pupil. It is not excluded that Martirosian has been appointed Sarkisian’s advisor. It becomes evident that the party was created not to win in the elections, but to find a good job for its leader. Now that the mission has been accomplished, MIAK can quit politics.”