“It appears that the United States and Europe have already realized that the authorities in Armenia can not be their partners in the spread and strengthening of democratic values and a civic value system,” claims “Zhamanak.” “And it is that realization that seems to have made them effectively appeal to the [Armenian] society for partnership.” The paper critical of the Armenian government says this is a clear indication that Western powers are losing patience with President Serzh Sarkisian. “Now it is important that the Armenian society does not disappoint them either,” it adds.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the latest meeting of the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents showed that “the mediating countries and Russia in the first instance are interested in maintaining peace” in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone and are “doing everything to avert the war’s resumption.” The paper sees “large-scale war preparations” going on in Azerbaijan and says Baku is creating the false impression that international pressure is the only factor deterring it from resuming hostilities. “In this context, the Sochi meeting was a good opportunity to continue this policy. As a result of that, not only was there no progress in the negotiating process but also Baku did not explicitly commit itself to maintaining the ceasefire regime.”
“Empty praises of Armenian women are not digested anymore,” “Azg” writes in a commentary on International Women’s Day, a public holiday in Armenia. The paper believes that the holiday should be not only an occasion for contrived congratulatory statements by Armenia’s political leaders but also provide the latter with “food for thought” on problems facing Armenian women and ways of addressing them.
“Aravot” accuses the Armenian Apostolic Church of “seizing” a second channel of Armenian Public Television that specialized in culture and arts. The Ararat TV channel lost its broadcasting frequency in January to another TV station controlled by the church. The paper says that Catholicos Garegin II defended the “seizure” when he met with the Ararat staff last week. “That channel was given to me and I’ll do whatever I want,” he is quoted as saying. The paper sarcastically urges Armenians to “forgive the Pontiff in a Christian manner.”