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“Hraparak” quotes U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as telling Russian television that a Turkish-Armenian commission of historians is already being formed.

“Zhamanak” says that Armenia has still not regained political stability two years after the deadly post-election violence in Yerevan. “It is evident that on both social and political planes that the authorities are faced with intractable problems,” claims the pro-opposition paper. “It is clear to the authorities that a closed political system is showing social cracks in the country. Closing them is the most difficult challenge facing the authorities. Even if the opposition is not displaying the kind of activity that can usually leave the authorities in distress.” The passive opposition stance, it says, actually makes it harder for the authorities to distract the public from socioeconomic problems.

“We seem to be writing too many laws but things are not improving as a result,” Lyova Khachatrian, a pro-government parliamentarian, tells “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Maybe the laws are imperfect. Maybe they are not enforced. It’s probably about the time the National Assembly stopped writing and passing laws and instead looked at how they are enforced.”

Taregir.am says Armenian media critical of the government should not be worried about controversial legal amendments toughening fines for libel. “The widely accepted lifestyle in Armenia is not to act within the bounds of law but to circumvent laws,” writes the online journal. “We Armenians do that with an incredible ingenuity, finding ways out of seemingly hopeless situations. What is more, the most ingenious ones manage to take advantage of trouble.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Deputy Trade and Economic Development Minister Vahe Danielian has been absent from Armenia for the past three months. “He is undergoing a six-month training in the United States,” explains the paper. It quotes a spokeswoman for the Trade and Economic Ministry as saying that Danielian “phones [the ministry] and inquires about affairs.” The paper says the official did not clarify whether the deputy minister receives his salary while being on leave or whether the Armenian government covers his expenses in the U.S.

(Ruben Meloyan)
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