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“Aravot” cites Gorik Hakobian, head of Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS), as insisting in an interview with the Armenpress news agency that the Armenian opposition attempted to stage a coup d’etat on March 1-2. The paper notes that the term “coup d’etat” does not figure in criminal cases opened by prosecutors in connection with the post-election unrest in Yerevan.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports on President Serzh Sarkisian’s meeting on Monday with more than a hundred leading Armenian businessmen. Citing unnamed participants of the meeting, the papers says after the official opening ceremony Sarkisian spoke privately with three groups of entrepreneurs. He is said to have told one of those groups that in order to continue to enjoy privileged treatment by the government they must increase their contributions to the state budget. Sarkisian allegedly said that that is need for making up for an anticipated drop in cash remittances from Armenians working abroad.

“Hayots Ashkhar” says the weekend conference of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) exposed serious disagreements within the opposition alliance led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. The paper says Ter-Petrosian is now busy mitigating those disagreements and “stalling for time.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says Ter-Petrosian’s speech at the conference will have a serious influence on further political developments in Armenia. The opposition paper also claims that in its dealings with Armenia the international reckons more with the positions of the HAK than those of the authorities. “A strange situation has arisen in Armenia,” it says. “There is a political force in Armenia that enjoys the people’s trust and is ready to bear political responsibility for the state’s governance and able to bring the country out of this severe situation. The outside world sees that and engages in dialogue with that force.”

“Hraparak” claims that former President Robert Kocharian is “continuing to acquire new capital.” Citing unnamed sources close to Kocharian’s family, the paper says those assets include a wooded hill near a village in central Armenia. “The second president intends to build a cable car on his new mountain,” it says, adding that the mountain was sold at an “incredibly low price.”

“Azg” quotes a spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, Khazar Ibrahim, as saying that Baku has no plans to intervene in Turkish-Armenian dealings.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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