“Hetq” accuses Karo Karapetian, a pro-government member of the Armenian parliament, of dealing in stolen cars. The investigative weekly says Karapetian himself admitted that when he was interrogated by police after allegedly shooting a man in September 2009. “Everybody in Armenia knows that this deputy has sold stolen cars and we think he continues to do that,” claims the paper, wondering why he has not been prosecuted for that and still holds a parliament seat.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” attacks Armenia’s ambassador to Ukraine, Andranik Manukian, for publicly urging Armenian and Diaspora Armenian businessmen to invest in Ukraine. “Armenia’s authorities are obliged to do everything to prevent an outflow of capital from the country and make sure that Armenia gets foreign investments,” says the paper. “This statement [made by Manukian] is weird only at first glance,” it adds. “In fact, [Manukian] was well aware what Armenia’s ambassadors are supposed to do under these authorities but publicly spoke about that because of his diplomatic inexperience.” The opposition daily claims that Armenia’s rulers are simply looking for “safe havens for what they have plundered in their country.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” sees “dangers” emanating from the OSCE mediators’ upcoming fact-finding mission to Armenian-controlled territories around Nagorno-Karabakh. “It is evident that numerous questions related to that controversial mission have still not been answered,” writes the paper. It argues that the mediators and international experts will be visiting those areas in the wake of Azerbaijan’s decision to withdraw a resolution on the Karabakh conflict from the UN General Assembly. “It therefore creates the false impression of pressure exerted on Armenia in the international arena,” says the paper.
“Aravot” reports that a small pro-government party will soon disband itself and merge with Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) at a congress scheduled for next week. The paper says the leader of the Progressive Party, Tigran Urikhanian, on Wednesday declined to deny this.