“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that both the authorities and the opposition speak of the need to break up “oligopolies” and change Armenia’s political system ahead of national elections. “As a result, we get the same mess every time,” writes the paper. “The authorities exploit that and nothing changes at the end of the day.”
In a yearend commentary on the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process, “Hayots Ashkhar” says that Azerbaijan’s last minute objections to the mediators’ basic principles of a peaceful settlement scuttled a breakthrough at the June 2011 Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Kazan. “After that no mediator could have continued their mission,” writes the paper. “And so it looked like the negotiating process came to an end and Azerbaijan was left with only a military solution to the conflict. But it became obvious that all the mediators are against that. The clear signals sent by Russia left the Baku monarch with no doubts about a sad fate that would await him in case of renewed hostilities.”
Armen Harutiunian, Armenia’s former human rights ombudsman tells “Aravot” that “sooner or later” Armenia will become a European-style democracy. “The question is when that will happen,” he says. “We simply have no alternative to creating an open society … I want to be optimistic and do see positive trends in Armenia.”
“Unfortunately, the Armenian society is not educated enough, in the political sense, to develop and master mechanisms for imposing its will, interests and desires on [political] leaders,” Boris Navasardian, chairman of the Yerevan Press Club, tells Lragir.am. “But we should be objective and understand in what kind of a society we live, what kind of political legacy we received.” Navasardian says the Armenian authorities are doing everything to forestall the emergence of a political force that “would seek to rely on the public and realize public interests.” “The formation of such a political force requires a free competition field, independent mass media, especially television,” he says.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that businessman and Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian has purchased a hotel in Latvia’s capital Riga for $56.3 million.