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The Armenian press continues to comment on confidential U.S. diplomatic documents disclosed by WikiLeaks and related to Armenia.

“It is almost impossible to conceal anything in the 21st century,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Modern technologies make our life extremely transparent and information is spread instantly. There is only one way out: instead of complaining about why one or another information is publicized, do not do and say things for which you could be held answerable later on.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes political commentator Levon Shirinian as claiming that the U.S. government may have itself leaked the documents to WikiLeaks. “It is wrong to think that the United States is doing in our region what Turkey is telling it to do,” says Shirinian. “The documents prove that the USA is Armenia’s friend, not a foe, and even has views on the Artsakh issue that substantially differ from the Turkish and Azerbaijani ones. Not only does the United States not support Turkey and Azerbaijan but it also restrains them.”

“Therefore, in this situation we need to reciprocate the United States,” adds Shirinian. “We need to try to gain an even greater American patronage than Georgia has at the moment.”

“Azg” believes that the WikiLeaks disclosures will have a significant impact on international relations. In particular, says the paper, they will distract the participants of the OSCE summit in Astana from the unresolved ethnic disputes.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” describes as “disgraceful” Armenia’s macroeconomic performance in the first ten months of this year, pointing to 2.4 percent economic growth 9.6 percent inflation shown by official statistics. “The most disgraceful thing is that the latest indicators are compared with the disastrous indicators of the last, crisis year,” claims the opposition daily. “And in that comparison, this year’s indicators are worse.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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