“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says President Serzh Sarkisian’s Saturday remarks in Tsaghkadzor were a response to the demands voiced by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). The paper notes that unlike some senior members of his Republican Party (HHK), Sarkisian did not say that nobody must issue ultimatums to the authorities. “And the approximate meaning of his message addressed to the opposition was as follows: ‘What you are saying is true and appropriate but for God’s sake, please don’t shame me and give me deadlines,’” it claims.
“Zhamanak” likewise contends that “the authorities have somewhat accepted the political agenda that the HAK presented at the March 1 in the form of 15-point demands.” The paper says Sarkisian’s indirect references to the opposition demands were “quite general and, in a sense, incomplete because he did not mention the political prisoners and [the unrest of] March 1 in any way.” “But the fact that Serzh Sarkisian reacted to the opposition is interesting in itself,” concludes the paper sympathetic to the HAK.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the HAK is “actively preparing” for its next rally slated for Thursday. The pro-government paper says the opposition bloc led by former President Levon Ter-Petrosian is intent on “stirring up trouble” rather than holding a regular peaceful demonstration.
“Aravot” comments on the resignation of U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley. “It’s good when the position is less important for someone than dignity,” editorializes the paper. “It’s particularly good when the position and business are not intertwined and a person is not afraid of expressing their opinion, being illegally stripped of something. That’s what makes a mature country different from an immature one.” The paper laments that few government officials or oligarchs in Armenia would dare to openly denounce their government.
“Yerkir” says that unlike Japan, Armenia is not prepared to cope with another powerful earthquake. “The majority of schoolchildren, university students and citizens in general is unaware of the elementary rules of protecting themselves during earthquakes,” writes the paper. “Buildings and other structures are constructed without undergoing a serious seismic examination, while the most potent means of public propaganda, television, has been turned into a soap opera incubator and a brainwashing machine.”