“Zhamanak” says Levon Ter-Petrosian implied at a rally on Tuesday that his Armenian National Congress (HAK) believes that former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian is being persecuted for political reasons. “Thus the Congress leader reaffirmed the political course that was adopted by the Congress before the parliamentary elections,” comments the paper. “Although that course led the Congress to get only seven [parliament] mandates and earned the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) the status of a democracy fighter, Ter-Petrosian remains loyal to that course. This … shows that the Congress, as a political force, has found itself in deadlock and the key to getting out of that deadlock is in Gagik Tsarukian’s pocket.”
“Yerkir” comments on the work of a state commission that was formed late last year to look into income declarations filed by high-ranking state officials. The paper says that the commission’s activities have been so low-key that “even media outlets have forgotten it irreversibly.” “The society too has profoundly forgotten the commission’s existence,” it says, concluding that “even if the commission is doing something that is an end in itself.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” doubts that the government’s plans to pump out more water from Lake Sevan has to do with dry weather and a resulting lack of irrigation water for farmers. “Precise weather forecasts are done only for the next five years, while more or less approximate forecasts for only two or three weeks,” argues the paper. “How come the authorities realized that there will be a drought in July and August and how did they determine such a precise figure: 320 million cubic meters [of water?]” The paper believes that the extra water will be primarily used for generating more electricity at a cascade of hydroelectric stations on the Hrazdan river flowing out of Sevan. “So far officials in charge of the [energy] sector have failed to answer at what price is the [Sevan] water being sold to the cascade, whether it is sold at all and who is using those millions of dollars,” it says.
“Aravot” comments on National Security Service (NSS) chief Gorik Hakobian’s remark that Oskanian should “yell” and speak up if he is really not guilty of money laundering alleged by the NSS. The paper questions Hakobian’s logic. “A dishonest person can shout that he is innocent and vice versa,” it says. “An honest one can keep silent or defend himself in an extremely unconvincing way. Everything depends on how people shout and how they keep silent.”