(Saturday, July 31)
Commenting on the latest deadly shootings in the Armenian army, “Hraparak” urges the public to “wake up” and “understand that we can’t continue like that.” “Each of us must grieve and mourn so much as if our son or brother has died, and we must be ruthless and cruel towards those responsible for this situation,” the paper writes in an editorial. It calls for the launch of a civic campaign against army abuse.
“What is going on in our army?” asks “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Who will be held accountable for this situation? The Ministry of Defense is assuring us that all measures are being taken to punish the guilty in a manner envisaged by law. But where is that responsibility? What was that responsibility before the tragedy occurred? Were all necessary measures taken? And, speaking more broadly, what necessary measures were taken to ensure that our army does not become a scene of such tragedies, especially in time of peace?” The paper says the deaths of seven soldiers necessitate a “radical transformation” of the armed forces.
“Azg” comments on recent developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. “When two kids fight in the presence of adults, the adults first let them shove each other but when the quarrel develops into a brawl, separate them from each other,” says the paper. “What happens next is probably the most interesting thing. The beaten kid starts making threats from behind the adults’ backs, whereas the winner keeps silent in a dignified manner. He keeps silent for a while, before silencing the loser with another kick. Only after that are the two reconciled by the adults.” The paper says this is how Azerbaijan behaved in the conflict zone of late, suggesting that “maybe the time for a silencing [Armenian] kick has come.”
“Aravot” reports that the presidential Public Council will look into a letter from Russian-Armenian businessman Ruben Vartanian’s charity informing it that it is considering abandoning plans to build an international high school in Dilijan, Armenia. The charity cited the public uproar sparked by an Armenian government bill allowing for foreign-language schools in the country. Vazgen Manukian, the chairman of the council strongly opposed to the bill, tells the paper that he may respond to Vartanian even before the council discusses the matter.