“Zhamanak Yerevan” congratulates its imprisoned editor, Arman Babajanian, on his 32nd birth anniversary.
Samvel Nikoyan, chairman of an ad hoc parliamentary commission investigating Armenia’s post-election strife, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that he and other commission members will do their best to ascertain all circumstances of the March 1 clashes. “We believe that answers to those questions must be given,” he says. “The answers must be acceptable and understandable for the majority of the public if we are to turn this page of our history. Maybe there are people who want to keep that page open, exploit it, use it during internal cataclysms and make it an object of pre-election shows.”
“Hayk” reports that a close associate of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian attacked Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian at a news conference on Monday. “Their goal is to destroy the achievements of the Artsakh movement,” said David Shahnazarian.
“Aravot” is unimpressed by Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s and his camouflage-clad ministers’ high-profile visit to Armenian border positions in the northern Tavush region late last week. “It is pathetic when ministers go to a border region in brand new army uniforms and pose with guns before getting in their expensive jeeps and returning to Yerevan,” editorializes the paper. “It’s easy to change your clothes but difficult to do a job. You can put on a soldier’s, firefighter’s or plumber’s uniform every day. But how to keep at least one traffic policeman from taking bribes?”
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” quotes Tigran Sarkisian as saying during the visit that every Armenian soldier should have access to computers and books during his military service. “It is envisaged that all military bases will be provided with relevant books and computers,” he said.
An elderly woman tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that a police officer in her Erebuni district has warned her against to stop taking part in the ongoing opposition sit-in Yerevan’s Northern Avenue. “I replied that I’ve always fought and will fight till the end,” says Sandukht Minasian. “The policeman laughed, got in his car and left.”
Several newspapers report that Armenian state television unexpectedly stopped the live broadcast of the opening ceremony of an international film festival in Yerevan at the weekend. According to “Zhamanak Yerevan,” that occurred when Roman Balayan, a renowned Ukrainian-Armenian film director, asked participants to observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the March 1 clashes.