“Haykakan Zhamanak” dismisses government assurances that the likely passage by the UN General Assembly of a pro-Azerbaijani resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict would not be a serious blow to the Armenian side. “If that is the case, then why isn’t Armenia pushing similar but pro-Armenian resolutions through the UN, the PACE or the European Parliament?” the paper asks in an editorial. “If they are worth nothing, then so is their passage. The fact that nobody has adopted a pro-Armenian resolution during all this time means that Armenian diplomats are several kilometers below the zero level.”
“Aravot” comments on the start of the new academic year, which is officially marked in Armenia as Knowledge Day. “Forty years ago the written speech, education and knowledge were respected by all sections of the population,” editorializes the paper. “Now for the overwhelming majority of Armenia’s citizens, a thick neck and the existence of an armed guard is the embodiment of the Armenian dream. If you don’t have, say, a Volkswagen Touareg and ride a [Russian-made] Niva, then you are a loser and won’t be accepted by your partners from the higher class, regardless of your professional and human qualities.”
“Of course, policemen and prosecutors were also corrupt thugs 40 years ago,” continues the paper. “But deep down, not only they but also every shadowy businessman … held scientists and intellectuals in awe and wanted their children to follow the latter’s example.”
“Judging from the fact that the quality of knowledge received by our children in schools is steadily declining and their mental horizon narrowing, it can be said that the transition from a 10-year to a 12-year [schooling] system was an addition to their punishment term,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper believes that it will not make Armenian schools better and attacks education reforms implemented by successive Armenian governments. They have only contributed to the decline in educational standards, it claims.
“Hraparak” reports that the governor of the southern Armavir region, Ashot Ghahramanian, has ordered local wineries to purchase grapes from farmers for no less than 120 drams (33 U.S. cents) per kilogram this fall. The paper quotes Ghahramanian’s press office as saying that the order was initiated by President Serzh Sarkisian and that officials from the regional administration will be personally monitoring its execution. It claims that Ghahramanian also held a separate meeting with Armavir entrepreneurs during which he advised them to join Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK).