“Yerkir” deplores the fact that Armenian soldiers killed in the latest clashes on the border with Azerbaijan have not received state funerals. “That is not just a matter of moral support for the families that have suffered the losses,” writes the paper. “For a father or mother grieving the loss of their son it doesn’t matter which state official stands by their side or whether he stands at all. We, the society, the need that to finally feel our harmony and unity with the state and the government, the state’s responsibility for every soldier and, in the first instance, the soldier standing guard on the border and facing the constant danger of being hit by enemy fire.”
“Aravot” says some of the reactions by Armenian political and public figures to the fighting are “too optimistic.” “These are empty statements like pre-election slogans: we will win, we will raise hell, we will believe, change and so on,” editorializes the paper, calling for a more critical assessment of events in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone. In particular, it says, Armenian army commanders who “lost vigilance on the frontline” this week should be held accountable whatever the scale and success of Armenian retaliation against the Azerbaijani army.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Armenian political parties that claim to know how to govern the country are proving unable to get their own house in order. “For example, right now the parties, both those in government and opposition, lack the institution of number two figures or their roles and functions are unknown,” explains the paper. “There are only supreme rulers.” The paper says the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) is one such party.
Vartan Bostanjian, a former parliament deputy from the BHK, tells “Iravunk” that he is increasingly drifting away from Gagik Tsarukian’s party because he fells that “I don’t need those ties.” “In a sense, it is natural that I cannot carry on with those ties,” he says. Bostanjian says he has trouble understanding the BHK’s current political status and in particular its claims about being an “alternative to the government.” “Maybe I’m wrong but I think such a thing is not possible,” he says.