“168 Zham” says public statements made by U.S. President Barack Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday gave few insights into their Armenia-related discussions in Washington. “It will be possible to find out more about the course of the meeting only after analyzing the further development of events,” says the paper. “This is all we can do thanks to the ‘brilliant’ achievements of the Armenian diplomacy of the past decade.”
“Erdogan’s sultan-style posture is a challenge not so much to Armenia as to the international community which views the October 10 protocols as the first step toward regional peace and cooperation,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper says that in these circumstances the United States and Russia “should ask themselves where Turkey’s demand for a rapid resolution of the Karabakh conflict is leading to.”
“Aravot” scoffs at government officials who urge the media and broader public not to “politicize” their controversial actions taken against various government critics. The paper cites the saga of the “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” daily which had to alter its name to get around a publication ban resulting from its dispute with a printing company. It suggests that the company cares more about the content of “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” articles than the money allegedly owed to it.
“The majority of Armenian oligarchs think that they play an important and necessary role in the society,” writes “Zhamanak.” “That is certainly true. Just as it was thought in the past that slavery is a necessary factor for the development of capitalism, this system seems impossible to change. But by eliminating this system the way, just as courageous politicians like Lincoln abolished slavery [in the United States,] we will definitely have a prosperous country. Lincoln’s initiative was fraught with a civil war. The dismantling of the [Armenian] kleptocracy carries similar risks as evidenced by the events of March 1 [2008.] But it is the latter that gives one reason to hope that changes [in Armenia] will be radical and voluntary.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” claims that the administration of first President Levon Ter-Petrosian rebuilt more homes in Armenia’s earthquake-ravaged northern regions than his successor Robert Kocharian did despite grappling with a far more difficult socioeconomic situation. The pro-Ter-Petrosian daily says his government also did a better job of giving people living there “faith in the state and the future.”