“Zhamanak” comments on the death of three Armenian soldiers on the border with Azerbaijan. “Why did that provocation happen ahead of Hillary Clinton’s visit to Armenia?” asks the paper. “They say that nothing is accidental in politics. That nothing happens on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border without politics involved or no incident there fails to have a political impact is probably beyond doubt.”
“Yerkir” says an official statement issued by President Serzh Sarkisian’s press office on his meeting with Clinton gave the impression that “the most serious issue discussed by them was the sunny weather in Yerevan.” “The secretary of state would later announce at her news conference that they also discussed the Nagorno-Karabakh issue, the latest border incident and prospects for Turkish-Armenian relations,” writes the paper.
“Political activity and business are incompatible in principle,” Khosrov Harutiunian, a newly elected parliament deputy representing the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Aravot.” “But this phenomenon has a 20-year history [in Armenia] and it’s not that easy to eliminate it at once.” He says there is therefore nothing wrong with the presence of dozens of wealthy businesspeople in the new National Assembly. Harutiunian claims that the HHK did not get support from other parties when it announced last year plans to gradually reduce the number of such parliamentarians. “This is the reason why very drastic steps were [subsequently] not taken in that direction,” he says.
“I am very happy that we haven’t entered the coalition,” Vartan Oskanian, a former minister and a senior member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Irates de facto.” “I do not consider that a victory for myself or somebody else. That was the right decision and the people reacted to that very well.”
Tigran Paskevichian, a well-known pro-opposition intellectual, tells “168 Zham” that he does not take part in environmental and other apolitical campaigns organized by local civic organizations because “struggles with predetermined outcomes are not to my liking.” “Of course, civic groups must exist,” he says. “Civic struggle must always be heated. But childishness must not be its main characteristic. Those movements must lead to political conclusions. If they don’t, the struggle can be endless and senseless.”