“Iravunk” believes that the ongoing trial of a presidential bodyguard will not uncover the truth about the September murder in a Yerevan café. The course of the court proceedings affirms Armenian law enforcement agencies’ right to kill innocent people and get away with that.
“Aravot” reports that leaders of the Communist-led Socialist Armenia bloc and the People’s Party of Armenia (HZhK) held a meeting on Monday during which they discussed the possibility of coordinating their anti-government actions. Although a possible union of the two opposition forces is not currently on the agenda, they see good prospects for cooperation. One participant of the meeting told the paper that the two groups still lack “popular trust” and should do a better job of persuading the people that “the opposition forces are fighting not just for power.” He said Socialist Armenia and the HZhK must agree on all aspects of their cooperation before embarking on joint activities.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says President Robert Kocharian should count not only newly created jobs but also closed ones. The paper reports that more than one thousands employees of the Nairit chemical giant are currently on forced vacation as their plant stands idle. It is not clear when Nairit will resume its operations. The situation is similar in a big chemical factory in the northern city of Vanadzor reopened last year. More than two thousands employees of the Prometevs Khimprom company have been sent home after not being paid for three months. Prometevs Khimprom is unlikely to restart work before this April.
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that Turkish Prime Minister Bulent Ecevit will seek Washington’s go-ahead for opening Turkish military bases in Azerbaijan during his visit to the United States. The paper says the US government will face a difficult dilemma. A positive answer to Ecevit would put America’s improving relationship with Russia at risk. But opposition to Ankara’s plans would damage US-Turkish ties.