“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that a typical Armenian minister spends most of his or her time trying to neutralize other officials that are keen to replace them. “Naturally, such a tussle requires money, lots of money,” editorializes the paper. “And so those who become ministers first of all try to recoup the money they spent on becoming a minister and then accumulate new sums needed for coping with a decisive attack by those who have set sights on their ministerial posts.”
Armen Rustamian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) and the chairman of the parliament committee on foreign relations, makes a case against the government bill on foreign-language schools in an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar.” Rustamian dismisses government arguments that such schools are needed for giving young Armenians a strong command of foreign languages. He says the authorities should instead strive to improve the level of foreign-language teaching in the existing Armenian schools.
“We must figure out whether this step is justified in terms of content and then make the right decision,” deputy parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” He asserts that most Armenians support the bill. “If a part of the society, 50 or 100 persons, is against [the bill] … that is not the view of the entire society,” he adds. “If you conduct an opinion poll, I’m sure the picture will be totally different.”
“I would say that out education system has progressed in recent years,” says Heghine Bisharian, a leader of the Orinats Yerkir Party. “True, what we have today is not enough, there are problems and shortcomings. But that doesn’t mean we are stagnating,” she adds.
“Obviously, the Azerbaijanis can conquer Karabakh only through war,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian have also conquered Armenia by violent means. Of course, there is a huge difference between these two phenomena. First of all, Kocharian’s and Sarkisian’s rule is no foreign yoke after all. Secondly, in the case of Karabakh, 100 percent of the nation is against Azerbaijan, whereas in the case of Kocharian and Sarkisian, 80-85 percent are against. On other issues, the differences are not significant.”
“We don’t need a Karabakh settlement at any cost,” Eduard Sharmazanov, a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells Lragir.am. “What we need is a solution to the Karabakh conflict favorable to the Armenians. The Armenian side will not opt for an artificial acceleration of the conflict’s resolution. Nagorno-Karabakh is a de facto independent state, in many ways more developed than Armenia. And I don’t want to compare it to Azerbaijan because it’s a sultanate-type country.”