Citing “government circles” in Yerevan, “Haykakan Zhamanak” says the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) may fail to discuss the political situation in Armenia during its October 5 meeting. The paper explains that Goran Lindblad, the committee’s Swedish co-rapporteur on Armenia, may have failed to get reelected in Sweden’s weekend parliamentary elections. “If Lindblad fails to again win a seat in the Swedish parliament, that will mean the issue of Armenia will not be discussed at the Monitoring Committee’s October 5 meeting because of the absence of a co-rapporteur,” it says.
Lragir.am says the controversy surrounding the landmark mass at an Armenian church in eastern Turkey exposed what it calls deep divisions existing among Armenians around the world. “While some Armenians were doing something atop Mount Aragats and at Tsitserkanabert [genocide memorial] on that day, ostensibly against the Turks, others were happy with being on Akhtamar [island] and seeing what happened there,” says the online publication. “Unfortunately, instead of receiving serious attention and becoming the subject of a discussion, that polarization seems to be subordinated to the propaganda noise. And yet forming our own, Armenian face, thinking about its integrity … is more important than unmasking Turkey’s face.”
“Hraparak” reports that Surik Khachatrian, the controversial governor of Armenia’s southeastern Syunik region, will “at last” be sacked by the central government. But, says the paper, Khachatrian may get another, no less important, appointment. It claims that the government plans to form a new ministry managing Armenia’s natural resources and that it could be headed by Khachatrian.