“Some think that seeing a conspiracy plotted by alien dark forces everyone is a mere propaganda ploy and that nobody believes in spooky tales about scenarios for color revolutions planned by foreign intelligence services, the smell of oil, fifth columns, and other monstrous phenomena,” editorializes “Aravot.” The paper disagrees with that view, saying that “paranoid politicians” sincerely believe in conspiracy theories. “Especially those whose political culture was irreversibly influenced by the USSR,” it says.
“Hraparak” says that Thursday’s visit to Yerevan by senior officials from the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), was “not beneficial for Armenia.” “The Europeans knew that the situation in our country remains unchanged, that there is not much to examine and look into,” speculates the paper. “They came, affirmed what they knew and left convinced that you can’t teach a monkey to talk. So all we can do is to wait for the PACE session during which Armenia will be stripped of its voting rights.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” accuses the PACE of “blatantly interfering” in Armenia’s internal affairs and blackmailing its government.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that two Armenian deputy ministers of health and their friends beat up Mels Hakobian, a former energy minister, at a Yerevan restaurant in late December. The paper says the fight broke out after Hakobian protested against the men’s use of foul language. “The deputy ministers were angered by Hakobian’s warning and together with about a dozen friends severely beat not only Hakobian but his son-in-law,” it says. “The latter was taken to hospital with injuries.”
In an interview with “Yerkir,” Hrayr Karapetian, a deputy parliament speaker and leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), comments on his Georgian counterpart Paata Davitaya’s reported statements in support of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “I hope that those statements were not made because they not only contradict the Georgian state’s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict but do not stem from the interests of Armenia and Georgia,” Karapetian says, noting that Davitaya was quoted by Azerbaijani media.
“Pakagits” comments that parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian’s appeal to his European counterparts to help prevent PACE sanctions against Yerevan has had more resonance in Armenia than in those countries.