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“Zhoghovurd” reports that Artak Zakarian, chairman of the Armenian parliament’s foreign relations committee, on Thursday rushed to give Armenian diplomats credit for the European Parliament resolution condemning Ramil Safarov’s pardoning. Zakarian is quoted as saying the resolution shows that “our diplomats are able to carry out tasks stemming from Armenia’s interests.”

“If this resolution is the best example of the quality of our diplomats’ work, then our plight is bad, to say the least,” comments “Zhoghovurd.” The paper says the resolution is “the minimum thing the European Parliament was obliged to do” in response to the scandal. “With such unhidden jubilation we give the Europeans reason to think that they did not have to do that,” it claims.

“Zhamanak” similarly thinks that the European Parliament resolution is “neither good nor bad” Armenia. “It’s a lukewarm document in which our diplomacy can certainly find achievements, but at the same time it can hardly show that those achievements will change in the existing situation in the region,” writes the paper.

Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Mkrtich Minasian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), dismisses talk of “ideological differences” between the HHK and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) coming from some BHK members. He says that representatives of the country’s main political forces should think twice before making such statements.

“Irates de facto” says that this year’s sizable increases in agricultural production in Armenia is down to good weather, rather than the work of the Ministry of Agriculture and other government bodies. The paper says that statements by government officials claiming credit for that performance are therefore inappropriate. “In any case, whatever they say the fact is that this year is really fruitful,” it says. “But when you look at the issue on the ground and talk to villagers, then it becomes clear that high yields also create serious problems for them. They have been left alone with their crops because they have nowhere to sell the crops.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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