“Hraparak” reports that Gagik Tsarukian, the leader of the governing Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the president of Armenia’s National Olympic Committee, on Tuesday criticized the country’s national boxing, wrestling and judo federations and announced the sackings of their largely ceremonial heads. Among them is Hayk Harutiunian, the former chief of the Armenian police who now runs the State Protection Service. “Tsarukian expressed his satisfaction only with the Weightlifting Federation,” says the paper.
“Serzh Sarkisian’s bewilderment is understandable,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “During the years of Levon Ter-Petrosian’s presidency he was a minister and secretly -- and often times not quite secretly -- admired Ter-Petrosian’s flexible foreign policy and its results.” The opposition paper claims that Sarkisian has now decided to “ape Ter-Petrosian’s steps without realizing that any step may be a right one at one point and a disaster at another.” “That is why Levon Ter-Petrosian was warning that we will beg for and not get what we are being offered now,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” wonders what the Ter-Petrosian-led opposition will do now to confront the government. “Maybe they are pinning their hopes on the Congress, that empire of radical forces,” muses the pro-government paper. “But its viability is really doubtful … One can say with some passion that all empires eventually fall apart. One can say the same thing without emotions and bias. The tone doesn’t change much.”
“Serzh Sarkisian is not our first president to express his intention or readiness to return territories [to Azerbaijan] or at least to consider that return likely,” writes Lragir.am. The online publication is strongly opposed to such territorial concessions, saying that they would deal a deadly blow to Armenia’s national security. “Whereas we can organize resistance before the return [of those lands,] we will not be capable of resistance after the return,” it says.