Vazgen Manukian, a veteran politician heading the Armenian presidential Public Council, comments on recent rumors about the resumption of the war in Nagorno-Karabakh in an interview with “Aravot.” “Some domestic forces constantly create a volatile situation,” he says. “But we should take it easy.” Manukian declines to name those forces. “Usually such things are done by disinformation services,” he says. “That is well know throughout the world. I just don’t know through whom that is done [in Armenia.]”
Manukian also thinks that the political situation in Armenia is “very stable.” “There are many shortcomings which are a subject of a separate conversation and which I don’t want to discuss now,” he says.
“We are still discussing the events of March 1 [2008,] as a result of which ten people were killed,” Galust Sahakian, the parliamentary leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “But the fact is that all active forces and leaders of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) were involved in those events. If they were responsible for their actions, how come none of them failed to notice the circumstances and the situation which the casualties occurred? They do not comment on those events among themselves, out of fear or indifference.” Sahakian claims that for every sensible Armenian citizen, it is evident that the HAK is to blame for the loss of life.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” finds highly suspicious official statistics showing a sharp decline in the production of cement from May through June of this year. The paper points out that the same government data show only a slight month-on-month drop in the volume of constriction work carried out in Armenia. “This is not a normal proportion,” says the paper. “Based on this, one can assume that either the cement output figures are deflated or the construction figures are inflated. Either way, we are dealing with fraud.”