Writing in “Hraparak,” Arman Melikian, Nagorno-Karabakh’s former foreign minister, says that the authorities in Yerevan and Stepanakert “have come to terms” with pro-Azerbaijani resolutions discussed or adopted by various international bodies. He says that is the result of “the Armenian side’s weak positions in the negotiating process.” “These consequences have accumulated for decades and are now manifesting themselves,” concludes Melikian.
“Zhamanak” comments on the release on bail of two Armenian army officers charged with extortion. The paper links that development with President Serzh Sarkisian’s harsh verbal attacks on critics of the country’s armed forces. “In effect, Serzh Sarkisian is showing that nothing will change and that he does not consider himself that weak in order to cave in to public pressure and punish even his remote loyalists,” it says.
“Aravot” says the chairman of Armenia’s National Commission on Television and Radio (HRAH), Grigor Amalian, still makes no secret of his “hatred” of the A1+ TV station, which is participating in renewed tenders for broadcasting licenses. Even so, editorializes the paper, Amalian’s personal attitudes will have a zero impact on the outcome of those tenders. “If Amalian is ordered to give all broadcasting frequencies available in Armenia to A1+, will he not comply?” it argues. “Or if the [opposition] HAK comes to power and appoints, say, Ashot Sargsian, as HRAH chairman and orders him to wipe out dissent, what will happen? A1+ will be opened, while, say, Yerkir-Media TV will be closed.” It is therefore wrong to “demonize” Amalian and blame him for A1+’s troubles, concludes the paper.
Citing data from demographer Ruben Yeganian, “Hayots Ashkhar” reports that between 25,000 and 30,000 people leave Armenia every year. According to Yeganian, 10,000 of them emigrate for good. “If these trends continue, there may arise real threats to our national security already in the near future,” comments the paper. It quotes psychologist Karine Nalchajian as saying that the main cause of the emigration is a socioeconomic one.