“Hayots Ashkhar” describes as “dangerous” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s recent appeal to international mediators to draw up a “fair and objective” rather than “balanced” report after their field assessment mission in the Armenian-controlled territories around Nagorno-Karabakh.
“This is a dangerous message considering the fact that in their preliminary statement the cochairmen of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe have already used the phrase like ‘occupied territories’, the proper name like ‘Khankendi’ [referring to the Karabakh capital by its Azeri variant along with its internationally accepted name Stepanakert] and other terms,” the paper suggests.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” argues a link could exist between “the recent high-profile dismissal of Russian capital Moscow’s mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the unprecedented international coverage of the arrests and charges against members of an Armenian-American syndicate over a large-scale government medical insurance fraud in the United States, Russia’s sale of sophisticated weapons like an S-300 air defense missile system to Azerbaijan and references in the statements of the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen to ‘occupied territories’ and ‘Khankendi’.”
“A bit too many coincidences. So many anti-Armenian events happening at once is a little too many for one month,” the paper says, adding that in combination these events “bode ill” [for Armenia].
“Aravot” editorializes on the list of participants in an ongoing broadcast licensing tender unveiled by the regulator on Thursday.
The daily voices its skeptical view about the competitiveness of the process and writes: “Thus, everything has been decided, things have been negotiated almost with everyone and all have been given instructions as to which frequency and broadcast direction to apply for so as to avoid any problems or unexpected situations. Only in two contests two companies compete for one frequency – Karapetich [ALM Holding owner Tigran Karapetian] vs “Yerevan” and A1+ vs ArmNews. There appears to be no political decision on the first of these two rivalries as neither contestant in it has caused any problems to the authorities… And in the case with A1+ the process will prove a good test to see whether our government continues to fear this television [A1+] or whether it can exhibit broadmindedness at least in one separate sphere.”
“Azg” comments on an unprecedented rise in cheese prices as it suggests that cheese is “the second most important and consumed staple food after bread” for Armenians.
“It’s hard to say what has happened in Armenia that all cheese producers like one person have decided to raise prices of their products. If it is the “Armenian Cheese” program mentioned by the prime minister during his budget presentation in parliament that has inspired them, then they must have misunderstood what Tigran Sargsian actually said when he spoke about creating an international brand name and supporting Armenian cheese exports,” the paper writes.