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“Aravot” pounces on a senior traffic police official’s claim that the police already tried to replace their notoriously fat officers with thinner ones in 2005-2008 and faced “bad consequences” as a result. “Everything is clear, the traffic cop’s job is stressful,” the paper editorializes with sarcasm. “You spend the whole day in the bush waiting to see who will breach traffic rules so you can take a few pennies home and support your family … And so you have to spend a part of those pennies on barbecues and kebabs in order to cope with that difficult and ungrateful work.”

“In case of concessions [to Azerbaijan,] war will be inevitable,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper says Azerbaijani leaders have reverted to their “offensive stance” on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict despite the recent joint statement by the U.S., Russian and French presidents and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to the region. “The latest speeches by Ilham Aliyev and Elmar Mammadyarov lead one to the following conclusion: Baku has invented a kind of Munich scenario and is going to follow it,” it says.

“Hraparak” hits out at Armenian-American groups trying to block congressional confirmation of Matthew Bryza’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan. “It is hard to tell what would change in our life if the U.S. president’s nominee was not Matt but some Sam or Jack,” writes the paper. “We always think that it’s individuals who decide everything.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” accuses the National Statistical Service of “shamelessly falsifying” economic and especially agricultural data. “The villager is poor, loan interest rates are very high, and most of our agricultural products are not competitive in foreign markets,” says the paper. “The villager is not protected in the legal, social and political senses. A change in this situation is the necessary but not sufficient condition for the development of agriculture. And in order for the situation to change there has to be a radical political change in Armenia. There is no other option.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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