“168 Zham” predicts an ecstatic Armenian reaction to the anticipated passage by Germany’s parliament of a resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey. “Broadly speaking, there is little except emotion in Armenia’s foreign policy,” writes the paper.
“Zhamanak” notes that former President Robert Kocharian has given an interview to his unofficial website right after public statements made by Samvel Babayan, Nagorno-Karabakh’s former military leader. “It is noteworthy that there are no references to Babayan in his interview,” writes the paper. “Against such a background, it is even more noteworthy that Robert Kocharian came up with a more reserved evaluation of the state of affairs [in the Karabakh conflict] than Samvel Babayan did.” The paper speculates that Kocharian may be worried that Babayan’s return from self-imposed exile could “overshadow” his own political comeback.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” believes that the April 2-5 hostilities in Karabakh will be the main theme of the upcoming campaigning for Armenia’s next parliamentary elections due in April 2017. “Unless, of course, a more serious war breaks out before the elections,” says the paper. “This is very understandable. The April events not only showed just how the authorities ignored extremely important issues facing the state but also demonstrated that this leads to not only severe socioeconomic but also military consequences.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the Armenian government’s declared fight against economic monopolies is already ending in failure because of President Serzh Sarkisian. The paper says that most of those monopolies were created during his predecessor Robert Kocharian’s presidency in 1998-2008 with Sarkisian’s strong backing. “Serzh Sarkisian inherited those oligopolies and has single-handedly controlled them since then,” it says. “In essence, the monopolies can be broken up in a matter of days. The last thing needed for doing that is legislative changes.”