“Haykakan Zhamanak” notes that the bodies of the three crew members of an Armenian military helicopter shot down by Azerbaijani forces on November 12 have still not been recovered. “The fact is that our helicopter and its crew are lying between Armenian and Azerbaijani positions for a sixth day and we are unable to do anything about that,” editorializes the paper. “In this case, what matters is not the helicopter but the three pilots … They presumably remain inside the helicopter wreckage. And even though they are only several hundred meters away [from Karabakh Armenian positions] we cannot get them out of the site. Azerbaijani gunshots prevent us from doing that.”
“So what should we do in this situation?” continues “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “The question is not an easy one and it is hard to answer it. For us, taking our pilots out of the line of fire, dead or alive, is not only a matter of honor but, in a sense, also an obligation towards them and their families. What are the options of doing this? First, to launch a massive attack on the [nearest] Azerbaijani army post, silence it, even if that means occupying it, and carry out that a crew evacuation operation at the scene. Second, to carry out a reconnaissance mission for evacuating our guys. And the third variant is to exert pressure on Azerbaijan through the international community so that it stops gunfire and enables the Armenian side to conduct a search operation … We will have to choose one of these variants.”
“Hraparak” reports that the Zharangutyun (Heritage) party leader Raffi Hovannisian and a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), Education Minister Armen Ashotian, gave speeches in Brussels on Monday at a high-level conference of the European People’s Party (EPP), a grouping of European center-right parties. The paper says that Hovannisian slammed the EPP for recognizing the legitimacy of Armenia’s last presidential election held in February 2013. He also stated that Zharangutyun is the only pro-European party represented in Armenia’s parliament. Hovannisian stressed in that regard that unlike Zharangutyun, the ruling HHK strongly supports Armenia’s accession to the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union.