“Turkey periodically states its desire to establish relations with Armenia,” Artur Baghdasarian, secretary of the presidential National Security Council, tells “Iravunk de facto.” “Armenia also stands for establishing a normal relationship with our neighbor, something which has been repeatedly stated at various bodies and levels. It’s just that there is one very importance difference between the Armenians, the Turks and the Azerbaijanis which many don’t notice. We do what we say, while they do things and make conflicting statements in the process.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that just because the Armenian government has failed to prevent an economic crisis last year does not mean that its continued tenure is not beneficial for President Serzh Sarkisian. “[Prime Minister] Tigran Sarkisian has no influence on the parliamentary majority, meaning that he is absolutely harmless for Serzh Sarkisian,” argues the paper. This, it says, is what makes him radically different from former President Robert Kocharian or parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian. “They would very quickly form a parliamentary majority that would be absolutely manageable for them,” continues the paper. “In that case, Serzh Sarkisian would automatically cease to be the number one figure and would get the status of the queen of England.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” criticizes jewelry market traders in Yerevan for their decision to suspend their strike on the grounds that it is exploited by some political forces. “More specifically, they are saying that they have no ties with … the [opposition] movement led by the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and now intend to resume their protest actions after March 1,” says the paper. It says the traders are wrong to think that the success of the March 1 rally planned by the HAK depends on their participation.
“Hraparak” says the HAK’s new economic manifesto published this week contains “quite a few noteworthy proposals and observations.” The paper describes the document as a “blueprint of sorts” for the Armenian authorities to implement sweeping economic and political reforms in the country. It deplores a lack of public debate on the HAK program.