“Will [Azerbaijani President] Aliyev dare to start war?” “Aravot” asks in an editorial. “They say that [former Armenian President] Kocharian’s fortune is worth $4 billion, which seems an exaggeration. He hardly has more than a measly $1 billion. But assuming that Kocharian racked up $4 billion, Aliyev must be worth $24 billion because there is less to be plundered in Armenia than in oil-rich Azerbaijan. Will Ilham endanger his fortune, his lavish life style without a good reason and for an adventure with a more than uncertain outcome?” The paper says the ruling elites in Armenia and Azerbaijan are equally interested in the Karabakh status quo, not only in terms of their personal gain but also because they can use the unresolved conflict to justify their undemocratic practices.
Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Naira Zohrabian, chairwoman of the Armenian parliament committee on European integration, accuses Goran Lindblad, a new Armenia co-rapporteur of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), of anti-Armenian bias. Zohrabian claims that the Swedish parliamentarian “has long had problems with Armenia.” “I can say for certain that all those reports, statements, resolutions and speeches that will be prepared by Mr. Lindblad will inevitably have an anti-Armenian content,” she says. “I want to stress that his stance is fundamentally devoid of any objectivity and impartiality. I am confident that Mr. Lindblad is always ready to sign any document that is directed against Armenia and can somehow damage the Armenians.”
Alvina Gyulumian, the Armenian judge at the European Court of Human Rights, tells “168 Zham” that the Armenian authorities must do something about rulings against them that have been handed down by the Strasbourg tribunal in recent years. “If we see that the situation remains unchanged, then something must be done on both legislation and enforcement,” she says.
“Every summer Armenian citizens spend between $500 and $600 million on holidays, a sum that is approximately equal to the 18-month budget of the Armenian armed forces,” claims “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Naturally, most of that sum is spent abroad. What should be done to stop that? There needs to be law and order in that sphere.” That, according to the paper, means making Armenian resorts more affordable and appealing to the population. “If the authorities really want Armenia’s citizens and Diaspora Armenians to spend their vacation in Armenia, there is no other solution,” it says.