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“Zhamanak” links President Serzh Sarkisian’s current visit to Brussels to the European Parliament’s latest resolution calling for the “withdrawal of Armenian forces from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan.” The paper provided details from Sarkisian’s schedule of recent visits to put things into perspective.

“Remarkably, the visit to Brussels had originally been announced for April 21, but was postponed. And before that, on April 13, Sarkisian visited Washington DC after which he spent a short vacation in an undisclosed location. Then, after ending his vacation, Sarkisian traveled directly to Moscow on April 20. And now European Union officials appear to have grown tired of waiting for Sarkisian and perhaps thinking that he might have forgotten about them had that resolution adopted in the European Parliament,” claims “Zhamanak”. “It was after the European Parliament adopted the resolution that Sarkisian decided to make a trip to Brussels.”

Andranik Kocharian, a former opposition-appointed member of the disbanded fact-finding group that had looked into the circumstances of the 2008 deadly post-election unrest, tells “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” that the absence of reaction or refutations to the recently published report [prepared by himself and the group’s other opposition-appointed member] shows that the facts presented in the report about the involvement of the military in the suppression of the opposition protests are beyond reproach. “This testifies to the quality of the document,” he stresses.

In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar”, Armen Rustamian, the head of the Armenian National Assembly’s Foreign Relations Committee and a senior member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s parliamentary faction, looks for “new thoughts” in the latest statement of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) regarding the parliamentary elections held in Karabakh on May 23.

Saying that such statements are usually repetitions of previously held opinions, the Armenian lawmaker notes: “It is very important that in their latest statement the [OSCE Minsk Group] cochairmen for the first time confirm that they ‘understand the need for the de facto authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh to try to organize democratically the public life of their population’.”

“This way the cochairmen clearly say that although de jure [Karabakh] is not recognized, de facto there is a democratically elected government in Karabakh. This is important because Azerbaijan spares no efforts to try to prove at international instances that there are no authorities in Karabakh and that Karabakh is ruled by Armenia.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” slams the decision of the Yerevan municipality to subsidize for a year the difference between what households in the capital city now pay for consumed drinking water and what they will have to after a new rise in the tariff comes into effect in July.

“This means that the municipality has decided to user taxpayer money to fund the rich who use water in large amounts. Besides being a stupid thing to do, this is also a cheap publicity stunt being employed by [Yerevan mayor] Gagik Beglarian at the expense of the taxpayer.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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