The new proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group "look like a black cat in a dark room, with no clear indication of whether the cat is there," writes "Aravot" in its commentary on the recent visit by the international mediators. Today nobody believes that the proposals are new and effective, and no one believes that the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents are taking steps to strengthen mutual trust. According to "Aravot," the presidents of both countries are not interested in strengthening mutual trust because mutual distrust is the best weapon for both Aliyev and Kocharian to blackmail their own people and silence any opposition.
"Haikakan Zhamanak" had the impression that the OSCE mediators were more positive when they met with Aliyev than after the meeting with Robert Kocharian. "Haikakan Zhamanak" reports that OSCE co-chairmen are visiting the Turkish-Armenian border today and suggests they may be discussing with the respective authorities the possibility of reopening that border.
People in Armenia have lost their decency and the ability to evaluate themselves, the famous Armenian actor Sos Sarkissian told "Zhamanak." Today many politicians think that they are the center of universe. They have lost touch with the people and the roots of the nation. Now I understand that many things in Armenia are happening to order. There is a fifth column in Armenia now which is a very destructive force and could bring directs this country to collapse, Sarkissian says.
The Armenian media has split into two rival camps. One of them has been labeled as pro-HHSh and the other as pro-government. But the animosity and hatred between the former and the current ruling elites is not as deep as those two rivaling media camps want to make people believe.
The newly appointed minister of Education and Science, Levon Mkrtchian, who is a member of the Dashnak party, said that people who speculate about the reasons for his promotion are in fact concerned about the rising popularity of the "Dashnak" party. According to Mkrtchian, it is impossible to play party politics in such spheres of society as education, culture, foreign policy and defense. Any party approach in these fields is doomed to failure. We should base our policy in those spheres exclusively on national interests, Mkrtchian said in his interview with the newspaper "Hayots Askharh."