According an opinion poll conducted by “Azg” in Yerevan this week, unemployment is the main concern of city residents. Almost half of the respondents said it is the number one problem facing Armenia. Others cited the country’s low wages, saying they hope the government will make sure that they go up in 2005. Only one percent wished a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
“Azg,” for its part, hopes that the Armenian government will “work very hard” in 2005 to boost living standards at home and “secure national interests abroad.” “The upcoming new year promises to be a year of solutions or at least to mark the start of solutions,” editorializes the paper. “All the signs are that the Karabakh conflict can no longer be kept in a dormant state in the coming year. Regional changes will force an accelerated pace of settling the problem. No one will tolerate closed borders and political-strategic obstacles anymore. It is expediency that will become prevalent, relegating ‘petty’ issues like justice and law to the background.”
“In the coming year we will strive to be more intelligent, witty and bright,” “Hayots Ashkhar” promises readers. “In short, we will do our best to look like the average citizen of the Armenian state for whom we work.”
“When reading the biographies of members of the Armenian government one gets the impression that there are no specialists qualified for a particular sphere in our country,” writes “168 Zham.” “For the education received by many of them does not correspond to their positions and area of responsibility. Often times the same individual changes that area once in two or three years in order to manage things. That is, to gain knowledge about a certain sphere with which he is not familiar and to launch a new personal business. The impression is that there are no normal specialists in this country apart from those two or three dozen persons.”