“Aravot” writes that Armenia’s first president Levon Ter-Petrosian visited Ijevan on August 3. He was accompanied by representatives of the board of the former ruling Armenian National Movement (HHSh), the Hanrapetutyun party and the Impeachment alliance. The meeting participants assured “Aravot” that it was only ‘a meeting of friends’. But suggestions that Ter-Petrosian should be nominated as a candidate in the 2008 presidential election still were made during that meeting.
The same paper writes: “The latest visit of the 80-year-old American-Armenian painter and collector Marcos Grigorian to his homeland was in all ways unsuccessful. First, he failed to find a place for his unique collection of the Middle East museum that he had brought to Armenia and two days ago he became a victim of a violent assault by robbers. Two masked persons broke into his apartment on Zurabian street at 2 a.m., tied Grigorian to a chair and beat him. They stole $400 as well as the painter’s air ticket to the United States and banking cards. It was reported yesterday that Grigorian had eight stitches put on his head and one stitch on his lip by surgeons. The country’s president and chief policeman were informed about the assault on Grigorian.”
“Hayk” informs its readers that at the current moment Azerbaijan and Armenia each have two POWs who are in the center of the attention of representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The organization’s representatives have already four times visited Valeri Suleymanian, who had crossed the border into Azerbaijan last May at his own will. Spokesperson for the Red Cross’s Baku office Gyulnaz Gulieva said that Suleymanian’s health condition was normal and he was not complaining of the condition of his detention. One of these days, Red Cross representatives also intend to visit Armenian POW Hambartsum Asatrian, who crossed the border into Azerbaijan only four days ago, and investigation has not yet clarified the reasons for his leaving his homeland. Gulieva also informed that negotiations are continuing over the return of Azeri citizen Samir Mamedov, who was taken prisoner [by Armenians] last December. Red Cross representatives have already visited the Azeri POW 20 times and the latter does not want to return to Azerbaijan. The second POW held by the Armenian side is Anar Aliev.”
The same paper writes: “No housing construction has been implemented in the Shirak province since 2004. Attempts to solve the problems of homeless people are being made only by means of ‘housing certificates’ funded from the state budget. However, this method does not justify itself at all. According to unofficial information, more than 4,000 families in Gyumri alone do not have shelter today.”
And “Aravot” reminds: “Vardges Petrosian, an outstanding writer, publicist, public and political figure, deputy of the Supreme Council of Armenia, winner of the state prize in Soviet Armenia, would have turned 75 today. It is strange that the birthday of the long-serving president of the Writers’ Union has not deserved a state celebration. But at least the Writers’ Union should have done that.”