The office of former chief of presidential staff Artashes Tumanian’s newly created “Nor Yerkir” party confirmed to Haykakan Zhamanak that the party’s congress originally scheduled for March 18 would be postponed. The paper, however, deems it is very likely that there will be no congress at all. “As far as we are informed, the country’s ruling elite has put certain financial obligations on Artashes Tumanian, and under these conditions one may assume that there will be no Nor Yerkir party establishment at all,” Haykakan Zhamanak concludes.
“Artarutyun bloc has slowly turned into a reading club where faction members gather only to read newspapers and gossip,” the same paper writes, ascribing this description to the leader of one of the bloc-member political parties.
Meanwhile, Artarutyun leader Stepan Demirchian assures 168 Zham of the bloc’s viability. “If Artarutyun does not organize public rallies at this stage, it does not mean that it has stopped struggling,” he tells the tri-weekly.
A Golos Armenii commentator writes with irony about little success in the anti-corruption fight in the country. “Those who think that the anti-corruption activities of the authorities should be accompanied with sensational revelations of corrupt officials and embezzlers of state property are very wrong. These are only tactical measures that our statesmen rejected a long time ago preferring strategic approaches. Already for several years those combating corruption have faced totally different and more global problems to solve which they have dedicated themselves completely,” the commentator suggests. He thinks that the anti-corruption struggle in Armenia is waged with the use of declarative, global methods, and adds with irony that these methods are considered to be the most correct and, most importantly, safest not only for those combating corruption, but also for corruption itself.
In an Aravot interview lawyer Vartan Khachatrian draws parallels between the sentiments reigning in Armenia and Azerbaijan. “Arrogant bellicose statements, accusations and war rhetoric are voiced in every corner of both Armenia and Azerbaijan, but many of those who make these statements did not participate in the previous war, nor are likely to participate in the one they are instigating.”
Hayastani Hanrapetutyun reprints the interview of the Mediamax news agency with EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus Peter Semneby, in which, he particularly says: “The priority for me will be assisting in the settlement of frozen conflicts in the region. Conflicts steal too much political attention and financial resources, constraining the natural development of the region’s countries.”
In a Hayots Ashkhar interview “Yerevan Project” state company director Gurgen Musheghian outlines projects for the green areas of the Armenian capital and complains: “We often speak about unauthorized constructions, but we never speak about illegal tree-plantings. Meanwhile, unauthorized plantings may represent obstacles to urban development and town construction and cause deviations from norms.”