“Yerkir” attacks former President Levon Ter-Petrosian for stating that the Armenian authorities should, among other things, end their “bellicose and gloating rhetoric” against Azerbaijan. The paper suggests that Ter-Petrosian referred to Armenian leaders’ recent statements that Armenia is not afraid of war and will do everything to defend Nagorno-Karabakh. “In effect, Ter-Petrosian finds unacceptable signs of a display of strong will which the authorities are now forced to demonstrate -- something which wasn’t the case during Ter-Petrosian’s rule,” it says.
The paper controlled by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) also claims that Ter-Petrosian and his Armenian National Congress (HAK) ease their pressure on the government every time the latter is ready to make concessions to Azerbaijan and Turkey. It says the HAK is now making a new push for power because the authorities are reverting to “the national political course.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that political tensions within Azerbaijan and Armenia are on the rise, pointing to upcoming anti-government protests planned by opposition groups in both countries. The paper says that unlike in Azerbaijan, the Armenian authorities are not arresting opposition activists and threatening to break up protests.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” complains that pro-government forces ignore the essence of the HAK’s latest demands addressed to President Serzh Sarkisian. “They are seeking to downplay the HAK’s role, failing to realize that the demands were presented by the active segment of our society,” writes the pro-Ter-Petrosian paper.
“Hraparak” says it gets the impression that the Armenian government is keen to root out small and medium-sized business in the country. The paper points to a recent ban on street trade in Yerevan and sharp increases in taxes levied from so-called “shuttle traders” importing clothing to Armenia. It wonders if the authorities realize that such measures could cause a powerful backlash against them.
“Aravot” comments on Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s recent remark that Armenians should not envy sweeping reforms carried out in neighboring Georgia. “In theory, he is definitely right,” editorializes the paper. “Jealousy is not a nice feeling. Citizens are much better characterized by pride about their country’s achievements.” The problem, it says, is that Armenia can not boasts improvements evident in Georgia, where police corruption has decreased drastically in recent years.