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“Zhamanak” says the OSCE summit in Astana has been a failure. “But life is continuing, and perhaps that is the main conclusion one should make after the Astana summit that took place against the background of WikiLeaks [disclosures,]” writes the paper. It claims that the leaking of U.S. State Department seriously affected the course of the summit.

Deputy Defense Minister Vladimir Gasparian tells “Aravot” that military investigators have already solved the recent shooting spree in Nagorno-Karabakh’s army that left four soldiers dead and four others wounded. He says one of the wounded soldiers, Manvel Hazroyan, has admitted shooting his comrades. “Incidentally, he is trying to act like a hero and does not regret his crime,” says Gasparian. “Two of the [other] wounded soldiers have confirmed the investigators’ theory in their separate testimonies.”

According to the former chief of the Armenian military police, Hazroyan initially claimed that the shootings were the work of Azerbaijani forces but changed his testimony after learning that the three soldiers stayed alive. Gasparian further notes that the Karabakh Defense Army is holding a separate, “internal inquiry” to ascertain whether commanders of Hazroyan’s unit should also be punished for the incident. He claims that Hazroyan was not beaten or humiliated by fellow conscripts or officers. “Events developed very quickly, dynamically, and the reason for that was shallow and petty,” says Gasparian.

“Hayots Ashkhar” asks a spokesman for Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian to comment on persistent reports that the BHK is under strong pressure from its senior coalition partner, the Republican Party (HHK), to endorse President Serzh Sarkisian’s 2013 reelection bid. “There can be no pressure,” says Khachik Galstian. “Such attempts are doomed to fail right from the beginning.” Galstian denies any “confrontation” between the two parties and downplays the fact that BHK members were not reelected to the executive board of the Armenian Football Federation last week. “I find it reckless to politicize all that and make far-reaching conclusions,” he says.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Armenian poultry firms have been instructed by the presidential administration not to raise the price of eggs produced by them further. The paper claims they have been warned that they will face “big problems” if they defy the order. “This instruction stems from concerns that the inflation rate has gone beyond the bounds of logic and could have serious consequences for the authorities.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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