(Saturday, September 20)
“Zhamanak” says that the latest conference on Armenia’s relations with its worldwide Diaspora taking place in Yerevan is as short on substance as the previous gatherings organized by the Armenian government were. “Corruption, a chaos of values, abuses and lawlessness in Armenia have led the Diaspora to gradually stop regarding Armenia as an important platform for actions and realization of its creative potential,” writes the paper. “An Armenia-Diaspora strategic communication has never been formed because there have been no institutions interested in that.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” sees a similar lack of substance in the official celebrations of Armenia’s Independence Day. “They held a referendum on independence in Scotland and it turned out that 55 percent of Scots are against independence and want to remain part of Great Britain,” writes the paper. “This is somewhat understandable. Scotland is part of a union and does not want to leave it. In our case the situation is different. We are not part of any union but are against independence.” The paper claims that Armenia’s forthcoming accession to the Eurasian Economic Union will mean a “de facto loss of its sovereignty.”
“Twenty-three years ago we got an opportunity to have our own state which has not been a success yet,” “Aravot” writes in an editorial. “What needs to be done in order to make it a success?” First of all, the paper says, Armenians must become law-abiding in their day-to-day lives. For most of them, breaching the law is “a matter of honor.” “Not only the law but also any principle,” it says.
“Zhoghovurd” accuses Russia of breaking its pledge to revive Nairit, Armenia’s largest chemical enterprise struggling for survival. The paper recalls that it was announced late last year that the Russian state-run oil giant Rosneft will invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Yerevan-based plan. It urges the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) to again demand a parliamentary inquiry into Nairit’s operations and reasons for its uncertain future.