“Hayots Ashkhar” comments on yet another violent incident that reportedly involved a notoriously unruly son of Suren Khachatrian, the equally notorious governor of Armenia’s Syunik governor. “How long can all this continue?” asks the paper sympathetic to President Serzh Sarkisian. “What else should happen in order for representatives of relevant bodies to realize that impunity can only lead to even more demonstrative disdain for law and the society. All people make mistakes in their life and such mistakes may even land them in prison. But after such upheavals many sober up later on and do everything to prove to themselves and others that what happened was a mistake that will never be repeated. In this case [of Khachatrian’s son] the opposite seems to be happening.”
“One can say that a father should not be held accountable for his son,” adds “Hayots Ashkhar.” “One certainly can. But if the father is an official he must be twice as responsible for not only his son but also other close relatives.”
“Zhamanak” condemns parliament speaker Galust Sahakian for meeting a senior official from South Ossetia and thereby causing a diplomatic scandal between Armenia and Georgia. “Isn’t there a clear and coordinated approach in Armenia on such cases where any high-ranking official could simply put national security in jeopardy with their personal actions?” writes the paper. “Apart from causing damage to national security, Galust Sahakian has also exposed the poor and irresponsible situation in Armenia’s government system.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that the diplomatic scandal with Georgia is not Armenia’s sole problem in the international arena. “The root causes of those problems appear to be inside the country,” the paper says.