The Spanish corrida is a “very benign occupation” compared to “political bullfights” in Armenia, writes “Aravot.” “They are much more dangerous in terms of violating all standards of human morality.” They are more like “gladiator fights” with “politicians seeking to crush and destroy each other by causing utmost pain to their rival.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the governor of the southern Ararat province has told local government chiefs to thwart anti-government gatherings that will be organized by opposition parties in their respective communities. The order is obviously directed against the opposition Hanrapetutyun party whose leader, Aram Sarkisian, is based in Ararat.
The leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Vahan Hovannisian, is unhappy with his and other politicians’ meeting this week with US Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones. In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” he complains that none of the two parties making up the Miasnutyun bloc was invited to the meeting. He says leaders of other parties that met with Jones called for fresh elections and denounced Robert Kocharian as an illegitimate president. The Dashnak leader says he, for his part, told the US official that while the current government is responsible for the rampant corruption, Kocharian still has time to remedy the situation.
The chairman of the parliament committee on foreign relations, Hovannes Hovannisian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the replacement of Ambassador Carey Cavanaugh as chief US negotiator on Karabakh might signal a change in American policy on the conflict. He also says he is not worried about the recent Council of Europe statement criticizing plans to hold local elections in Karabakh. He says the Armenian side should only welcome the Council’s involvement in the peace process because that would allow the influential organization to see how non-constructive Baku’s position is.
“Yerkir” quotes the chief manager of the French-owned Yerevan Brandy Company, Pierre Larretche, as acknowledging disagreements with Armenian Agriculture Minister Zaven Gevorgian. Gevorgian, according to Larretche, is a “very sympathetic” person. “But we have different approaches to certain issues,” he adds. “It seems to me that Zaven Gevorgian is inclined to distorting figures. When we say that we will purchase 13,000 tons [of grapes from Armenian farmers] he hears 26,000 tons.”