“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that before analyzing, criticizing or welcoming Levon Ter-Petrosian’s latest speech one should ascertain its purpose. “Did he try to send a message to the outside world? No way,” says the pro-opposition daily. “There are many other ways of doing that and he did not necessarily have to do that with a public speech … Did he want to make the authorities understand something? Again, he didn’t have to do that with a public speech. Did he try to prevent a rift within the HHSh and, by extension, the [Armenian National] Congress (HAK)? He may have succeed in preventing a rift within the HHSh, but is the Congress more united after that speech? Hardly.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” is disappointed with HAK parties’ failure to revolt against Ter-Petrosian for having “deceived them for two and a half years.” “From now on, there is a much more serious reason for being or not being by Ter-Petrosian’s side,” says the pro-presidential paper. “Until yesterday those forces, who considered themselves patriotic, national, conservative and traditional, tried to outdo each other by clamoring, ‘The criminal regime is surrendering the liberated territories [around Karabakh,]’ ‘Not an inch of land to the enemy,’ ‘Nobody has the right to give back lands conquered by blood.’ Where are you guys? Why are you keeping silent?”
“Hraparak” comments on an opinion poll on popular perceptions of government corruption in Armenia that was released this week. “People think that corruption could shrink only to some extent or it can not shrink at all,” writes the paper. “They do not consider themselves potential fighters against corruption and point out that they can not do anything to reduce the scale of corruption in Armenia. It is this sense of inevitability and impotence that creates the effect of a vicious circle. In a country where the population has such mentality, the fight against corruption is meaningless and unrealistic.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that after months of price dumping, an Armenian business group, which owns two egg factories, has bought three of its local competitors and gained a dominant position in the sector. The paper predicts that X-Group’s acquisitions will essentially kill competition in yet another sector of the Armenian economy. “In effect, that dumping has served its purpose,” it says.