“Iravunk” writes that Serzh Sarkisian has greatly advanced the program of expanding U.S. influence in Armenia and negotiations about locating U.S. radar stations in Syunik and Karabakh are no longer a secret.
“Of course, the expansion of U.S. influence is not something pleasant for France, especially as Armenia is traditionally considered to be a zone of French influence,” the paper writes, observing that recently more than often Andranik Markarian visited France on various occasions and “there are serious grounds to assume that he managed to win the support of relevant circles in Paris.”
Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) parliamentary faction secretary Gagik Melikian brushes aside accusations that the party is becoming criminalized. “Such descriptions are slander and punishable under criminal law. If they mean concrete persons, let them give their names,” he tells “Hayots Ashkhar”.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that despite the fact that President Robert Kocharian does not organize feasts on his birthdays, on August 31 evening he visited Yerevan’s Parvana restaurant accompanied by Andranik Markarian, Serzh Sarkisian and Hovik Abrahamian, all representing the Republican Party (HHK). (The restaurant belongs to MP Samvel Alexanian).
According to the paper’s information, the initiative to hold that feast belonged to the HHK troika who wanted to speak to Kocharian about his role in the relations between the HHK and the Bargavaj Hayastan (Prosperous Armenia) party of wealthy businessman Gagik Tsarukian. The paper, however, does not possess details of the talks or any agreements reached.
Under the headline “Mer Hayrenik has no alternative”, “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” writes: “We cannot change the “Mer Hayrenik” (Our Fatherland) song. It is a well-established national anthem. After all, an anthem is not created by order. A song becomes an anthem through a natural selection if you like.”
The paper goes on to say that if the current anthem happens to be changed at one point, a strange situation will arise: the “Dashnak” anthem was adopted during Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s time and changed during the years of Dashnaktsutyun’s being in power.