“Aravot” believes that “numerous despicable phenomena” existing in Armenia must not overshadow the importance of a key Armenian military victory in the Nagorno-Karabakh war, the 22nd anniversary of which was officially marked on Friday. The paper says the celebrations “allow us to be proud that we are Armenians and citizens of Armenia.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” attacks Manvel Grigorian, a retired army general who played a prominent role in the 1991-1994 war with Azerbaijan, for rationalizing the fact that many Armenian war veterans live in poverty. “So just like everybody else, General Manvel lives badly,” the paper comments mockingly. “He doesn’t separate himself from the Armenian people. Of course, not all Armenians have their own province. But does that really matter?” The paper is even more scathing about Grigorian’s disparaging remarks about hundreds of veterans that have regularly held anti-government demonstrations in Yerevan over the past year.
“The Russian ambassador need not worry,” writes “Hraparak.” “Neither Armenian non-governmental organizations nor our government are now unlikely to get more assistance from the West. And not because [Prime Minister] Hovik Abrahamian does not speak any foreign language and, unlike [his predecessor] Tigran Sarkisian, has no connections in the West. It’s just that we have now entered a phase where we can only expect Russian aid.”
“Zhamanak” comments on Thursday’s resolution by California’s state assembly recognizing Karabakh’s assembly. The paper says it came just two days after U.S. mediator James Warlick urged Armenia and Azerbaijan to redouble their efforts at a peaceful settlement of the conflict. It says Warlick’s insistence on their acceptance of the Basic Principles of Karabakh peace proposed by the U.S., Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group did not go down well with Armenian media and expert circles. Official Yerevan is in no rush to react to Warlick’s speech, it says. “In the meantime, Karabakh’s independence is recognized by a fifth American state,” concludes “Zhamanak.”