“President Kocharian appears to have decided to take part in all possible and impossible events in Armenia with only one aim: to counter Ter-Petrosian’s rally speech,” editorializes “Aravot.” The paper cites excerpts from that speech in which Ter-Petrosian accused the current authorities of illegally enriching themselves and monopolizing lucrative forms of business for that purpose. It expresses hope that Kocharian will respond to these allegations “next time.”
“It look as though everything is changing in our country except the concept of a decent person,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “And decency is defined by one criterion: do you curse the authorities? For example, when the decent person Ter-Petrosian curses the ‘criminal regime’ for one and a half hours that is [considered] normal. One can reprint that in HHSh newspapers and learn that by heart like classical poems. But when Robert Kocharian comments with one sentence on the HHSh’s latest activity that, according to activists of the ‘liberation movement’ is inadmissible.”
“When Robert Kocharian reminds of the crimes committed under the former authorities, then his positions are, to put it mildly, very shaky,” comments “168 Zham.” “Because a question will arise: if you were aware of those crimes, why didn’t you tip off law-enforcement bodies on time?”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Armenian Football Federation has agreed to lease its premises to Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s presidential election campaign. The paper claims that the move runs counter to the rules and practices of international soccer’s governing bodies. It says a “large number” of Armenian soccer fans plan to lodge a complaint to those bodies.
“Hayk” notes in this regard that world soccer’s governing body, FIFA, has disqualified Kuwait’s national football team from international competitions because the government of the Gulf State meddled in the work of the local football federation. “The Armenian team is facing the same prospect,” the pro-Ter-Petrosian paper claims. It says the Armenian Football Federation chairman, Ruben Hayrapetian, “could not oppose Serzh Sarkisian’s desire.”