“Aravot” carries an editorial on the 21st anniversary of a key Armenian military victory in Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that all three Armenian presidents deserve credit for it. “Until then, we lost lands for centuries,” writes the paper. “At the end of the 20th century we managed to get something back. Not appreciating that fact is imprudence. But sometimes preserving what you gained is a harder task. And that danger always exists, especially in our country, given our economic, moral and demographic situation.”
“Numerous festive events will take place today in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh,” writes “168 Zham.” “Officials will be speaking about the liberation of Shushi, delivering grandiose speeches about our victory, unbroken spirit, unity and other heroic phenomena reserved for such occasions. That is absolutely normal and perhaps necessary. But it would be good if those officials at least thought about whether all these phenomena are present in Armenia today: faith, unity, the right psychological atmosphere and a sense of being citizens and masters of the country, which made the liberation of Shushi possible.”
“Hraparak” says the May 5 elections in Yerevan exposed the extent of opposition leader Raffi Hovannisian’s “wrong calculations” and “negative role” in the Armenian opposition camp. “In our country the only viable model of fighting against the government is a consolidation of the opposition camp,” writes the paper. “No consolidation, no results. Only an individual or a force capable of consolidating all non-governmental forces can achieve success.” It claims that Hovannisian and his allies have been both “childish” and “arrogant” vis-à-vis other opposition groups.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” questions official data showing that Armenia’s telecommunication sector received $200 million in French investments in the fourth quarter of last year. “We made long attempts to clarify just where the French invested that huge sum … We found out that the investor is not the French company Orange,” writes the paper. “So who made that investment?” The paper claims that the government took the figure “out of thin air” to tell the public that foreign direct investment in the Armenian economy fell by only 8 percent in 2012. “Without that $200 million the drop would stand at 34 percent,” it says. “So this is further proof that no official data in Armenia has anything to do with reality.”