"As always happens, the visit of OSCE Minsk Group co-chairmen didn't shine with efficiency. This was another attempt to clarify positions," "Aravot" writes. A commentary carried in today's "Iravunk" warns of the rising shadow of war. The paper underlines the increasingly sharp criticism of the OSCE as well as the frequent visits to Moscow by the Armenian officials.
The statement by the leaders of CIS countries issued on July 8 was not a reflection of collective retreat from human rights and democracy issues as some would like to believe, but the opposite; it is an expression of concern about the certain prospect of discrediting these values and principles and turning them into the tools of aggression across the territory of the CIS, "Hayots Askharh" writes. Under the banner of pan-European security and cooperation, the OSCE has become a truncheon, which is being used against leaders who are pursuing an independent foreign policy which is incompatible with US foreign policy goals, "Hayots Askharh" concludes.
"U.S. newspapers have recently published with increasing frequency articles about Armenia, which as a rule contain no exciting news for Armenians," "Haikakan Zhamanak" writes. The paper cites the article published on 12 July in the "Washington Post," according to which Armenians are becoming one of the fastest vanishing nations in the world because of emigration. "It is for sure that many pro-government politicians will argue against this conclusion and will try to prove that it doesn't reflect the current realities in Armenia. But it is not that important how Armenians perceive that assumption; the most important thing is the opinion expressed by one of the most influential newspapers in the world." According to "Haikakan Zhamanak," the "Washington Post" is creating a new international image for Armenia, describing it as country that is rapidly loosing its population. This is a serious setback for Armenia, a setback that can only be reversed by sweeping reforms in the country, the paper concludes.
According to the Russian-language newspaper "Golos Armenii," corruption poses a major threat to Armenia's national security. There is no lack of debate and talk about this subject, but no one can see any concrete actions being taken to fight corruption, the paper writes.