“Zhamanak” says there has never been a lack of “programs and ideas” in Armenia. “At one point, Armenia occupied first place in the world in terms of the per-capita number of programs to save the country,” the paper comments tartly. The problem is, it says, that such programs always come into contact with a political culture where individuals make key decisions single-handedly. Those individuals usually lack the will to put a particular plan into practice, according to the paper.
Speaking to “168 Zham,” Hovannes Igitian, an Armenian opposition figure, echoes opposition claims that the “football diplomacy” with Armenia has enabled to Turkey to become a “real and important player” in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiating process. “Besides, within one year Turkey managed to create a sense that it is the most important player in the region,” says Igitian.
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” a senior member of the governing Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), Aram Safarian, likens speculation about whether or when Turkey will open its border with Armenia to “playing a lottery.” Safarian says Armenia should terminate the normalization process if Turkey fails to complete it within “a reasonable time frame.” “If we become finally convinced that Turkey’s political elite is not prepared to make any overtures to the Armenians, resuming the process will be simply meaningless,” he says.
“Hayk” says Armenia is getting weaker “every day” because the authorities have no intention to “revise their methods and means of governing the state.” “Every new day proves that the regime’s and Serzh Sarkisian’s actions are solely aimed at clinging to power,” says the opposition daily.
“Kapital” reports that the State Commission on the Protection of Economic Competition issued on Wednesday a report on its activities in 2009. The business daily singles out the following passage from the report: “Most of the republic’s markets contain factors that facilitate the reaching of anti-competition agreements among companies.” It says the report does not elaborate on those factors.