While urging the Armenian government to drop its “disgraceful” bill allowing the existence of foreign-language schools, “Aravot” says it is unfair to blame Education Minister Armen Ashotian for all the problems of Armenia’s education system. “It would mean that all ministers performed brilliantly and science and education prospered until Ashotian suddenly came over and spoiled everything,” editorializes the paper. “The current minister is proposing something to liven up the sphere. True, what he is proposing is a stupidity, to say the least, and would not earn us any benefits. But is it really better when officials just sit down and count bribes?”
“Zhamanak” reacts to the Dashnaktsutyun party’s calls for regime change in Armenia. “All that seems a bit pathetic because it is difficult to imagine Dashnaktsutyun making frank calls for the government’s ouster and regime change,” says the paper, adding that the party did not demand President Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation even when he signed the controversial protocols with Turkey. It suggests that Dashnaktsutyun has been in a difficult position since leaving the government last year. “Trying to be in opposition to both the Armenian National Congress (HAK) and the authorities, Dashnaktsutyun has not really opposed any of them and has found itself in limbo,” claims the paper.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” pounces on Dashnaktsutyun leader Armen Rustamian’s remark that both the government and the HAK are to blame for what happened in Yerevan in March 2008. Rustamian claimed that HAK leaders were interested in the deaths of opposition protesters and that Dashnaktsutyun did not support either side in the deadly unrest. The paper sympathetic to the HAK challenges these claims, arguing that Dashnaktsutyun entered into a power-sharing deal with Serzh Sarkisian just days after the deadly violence.
Leonid Reshetnikov, the director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Research, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Azerbaijan’s continuing threats to resolve the Karabakh conflict by force should not be taken seriously. “I was in Baku recently and met with expert circles there,” he says. “Frankly speaking, I did not notice a bellicose mood. Of course, there is a great desire in Baku to resolve the Karabakh conflict in Azerbaijan’s favor, but war is not a party. You can make various statements for political considerations, put pressure, create an appropriate atmosphere. But I really don’t see any prospect of the war’s resumption in the next one or two years. God knows what will happen after that. But one thing is clear: there can be no military solution to the Karabakh problem.”
In an interview with “168 Zham,” Arkady Ter-Tadevosian, a retired general who played a key role in the 1991-1994 war, says that unlike Azerbaijan and Turkey, Armenia is pursuing a “blind policy” towards the Karabakh conflict. “Those two countries are acting in a coordinate manner, to the benefit of their countries, whereas we are alone and nobody supports us,” says Ter-Tadevosian.