“Zhamanak” claims that the example of Libya’s embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi demonstrates that Armenia’s former President Robert Kocharian is not immune to international prosecution for the March 2008 use of force against opposition supporters despite the fact that Yerevan has not joined 1998 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The pro-opposition paper argues that Gaddafi and henchmen may be tried by The Hague court even though Libya is also not a party to that treaty.
“168 Zham” comments on Kocharian’s recent remark that the economic situation in Armenia was better during his rule and that “some politicians” are now very worried about that fact. “If the rivalry between Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian one day moves on to a formal plane, elections, then the former president will undoubtedly actively use this economic comparison by reminding people of double-digit growth, low inflation and other indicators,” writes the paper. It says the current Armenian authorities are already responding to such claims through their “unofficial spokesmen.” It says Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian is now at pains to assure Armenians that the economic situation in the country and its investment climate are improving.
“Yerkir” dismisses as “absurd” the Armenian government’s recent decision to pay Armenians born in the Ottoman Empire before 1915 a modest monthly allowance of 25,000 drams ($66.7). The paper notes that according to official data, there were 141 Armenian genocide survivors living in Armenia as of January. This means, it says, that the total amount of money to be spent by the government on these benefits this year will be comparable to the price of a new limousine that was purchased for Prime Minister Sarkisian a few months ago. “The cost of the car would have been enough to make the compensation paid to the genocide survivors at least twice larger,” it says.