“Zhamanak” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian’s March 6 speech in Dublin attracted virtually no interest from participants of the European People’s Party summit and the Western media. “What conclusions will Serzh Sarkisian or anybody else representing official Yerevan now draw?” writes the paper. “Will they ponder this situation? Will they think about what they have done and what results they have achieved?” The paper says Sarkisian also cut a lonely figure at the European Union’s November summit in Vilnius. “None of the European leaders really noticed him,” it says. “They had no desire and saw no need to socialize with him.”
“The problem here is political, rather than personal,” continues “Zhamanak.” “A president of Armenia who said one thing for three years and then did the opposite within three hours does not interest anyone in Europe anymore. If Serzh Sarkisian and his entourage were to learn lessons they would have done so after the Vilnius summit. They would have gone to Dublin to make an important statement or would not have gone there at all.”
“Zhoghovurd” carries a mocking commentary on Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian’s talks with a top government official from Honduras that were held in Geneva this week. “Armenian foreign policy is truly pro-active,” writes the paper. “Just as the entire world is busy with the Ukrainian crisis and the fate of Crimea Nalbandian takes an incredible initiative to bolster Armenia’s relations with an important country like Honduras.”
Gagik Minasian, a senior lawmaker from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that his opposition colleagues have so far made not attempts to “politicize” the work of a newly formed commission tasked with investigating natural gas supplies and distribution in Armenia. “I hope that this will remain the case,” says Minasian. “We will be trying to clear up the reality, and there can simply be no political positions on this issue.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” criticizes a government bill aimed at curtailing the powers of the Armenian parliament’s Audit Chamber. The pro-opposition paper claims that it is part of President Sarkisian’s “tactics of total pressure exerted on various government wings and structures.” “Sarkisian seems to be becoming worried about his power,” it says.