“Zhamanak” writes, quoting official sources, that French involvement in the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Armenia was discussed during President Serzh Sarkisian’s Wednesday meeting with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon in Paris. It reports that a French delegation will arrive in Armenia to assess the prospects and feasibility of such a project.
“If this project is not a bluff, then it is quite remarkable that besides the Russian atomic agency RosAtom France is also interested in it. As is known, RosAtom has expressed its readiness to provide funding to cover only 20 percent of the cost of the construction of a new Armenian nuclear power plant estimated at $5 billion. It is interesting to known what share of the funding the French will agree to cover. It is not excluded that the new nuclear station in Armenia will be a rare energy producing facility that will not be under the control of the Russians. At least psychologically, this may become a landmark politico-economic event for Armenia,” writes the paper.
In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak” head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) Galust Sahakian spurns the recent talk about ex-president Robert Kocharian’s and his team’s intentions to return to power and supplant the HHK. The senior HHK member queries in this regard: “And who are Kocharian’s team and what makes it evident that Kocharian wants to make a comeback.”
“Hraparak” analyzes the recent official crime reports, suggesting that no day in Armenia passes by without a “terrible” piece of news shocking the public.
“One day a mother hangs her kids, the other day a mother hangs herself and her children try to follow her example, then an employee kills his manager with a metal rod. Armed robberies are committed by masked people, and they not only steal money and valuables, but also beat an elderly woman. What a barbarianism! We are like a pre-historical society, which is in such a state of imbalance that it raises the hand against things that are sacred,” writes the paper.