(Saturday, December 12)
“Zhamanak” speculates on why the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs avoided visiting Yerevan after holding talks in Baku on Friday. “This probably means that the co-chairs either did not find it necessary to inform Armenia about their plans or visited Azerbaijan unexpectedly,” says the paper. It suggests that their trip to Baku may have had more to do with Turkish-Armenian relations than the Karabakh peace process.
“Hraparak” says that Armenian politicians and businessmen routinely violate traditional codes of honor for Armenian men in their day-to-day lives. “They don’t know what honoring their words and declared principles, having their own face and making sacrifices to save it is,” editorializes the paper. It points to a Friday statement by Ruben Hayrapetian, a businessman heading the Armenian Football Federation, in which he apologized for his harsh criticism of another influential tycoon, Gagik Tsarukian. Hayrapetian also regretted putting fellow members of the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) in “an awkward situation.”
“What is hindering the country’s modernization? A crisis of the society,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Our society is experiencing a social crisis, if by crisis we mean a difficult, transitional and unstable situation. Constant reforms in the political, financial and social spheres are not yet leading to a resolution of important strategic problems and the crisis is not being overcome. Unfortunately, the society has no clear idea of its real future, neither near nor distant. That is why social pessimism, a lack of confidence in our potential and capabilities have taken hold here.”
“Hayk” condemns the Armenian government for not sacking Finance Minister Tigran Davtian over his remark that opposition proposals on the state budget for 2010 were not accepted because the opposition minority in parliament is highly critical of the government’s economic policies. The paper says this stance “does not fit into the bounds of a democratic state.” “The same principles guide judicial processes,” says the opposition daily.
“Aravot” criticizes stricter security checks introduced in the Armenian parliament recently. In particular, the paper can not understand why accredited journalists have their bags checked not only when they enter the National Assembly building but also when they leave it. “They are probably worried that weapons, ammunition or explosives could be taken out of the parliament,” it says.