“Aravot” describes as “substantiated and convincing” parts of Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Wednesday speech in which he outlined his vision for the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations. In particular, the paper agrees with Levon Ter-Petrosian’s view that irredentist claims are characteristic of nations having no statehood and that nationalist criticism of President Serzh Sarkisian has only strengthened him in the international arena. But as it points out, some of the groups aligned in the Armenian National Congress (HAK) espouse the kind of ideology which Ter-Petrosian denounced on Wednesday.
“Azg” notes that until that speech Ter-Petrosian remained silent on the Turkish-Armenian agreements, apparently “waiting for an opportune moment when everyone has fought each other and he can emerge with white gloves in the hope of getting what it he wants at the last minute.” The paper disapproves of this stance, accusing Ter-Petrosian of “muddying waters” and trying to gain political dividends.
“Zhamanak” says that by keeping Tigran Sarkisian as prime minister, President Serzh Sarkisian is preventing squabbles among his main political allies. “After all, everything is fine,” says the paper. “Tigran Sarkisian delivers speeches that have no bearing on real life, and he probably understands that he has only one way of remaining on the surface: to keep hanging in the air, not to become a force, not to show any potential for independence or solving any issue. All he can do is to sort out street traffic or raise the issue of construction kickbacks.”
“Nowadays our [state] budget has only one function: to cater for the state machine,” writes “Golos Armenii.” “In other countries, the budget also has two other very important functions: redistribution and minimization of income disparities between individuals and regions and promotion of the reproduction process.”
Citing the News.am service, “168 Zham” claims that the United States administration has renounced its reported plans to appoint Matthew Bryza, a former deputy assistant secretary of state, as U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan. The paper recalls that Bryza indicated before his resignation in September that he would not mind getting the job. “It’s been almost four months since the post of United States ambassador to Azerbaijan became vacant,” it says.