In an editorial on the 20th anniversary of Nagorno-Karabakh’s declaration of independence, “Hraparak” claims that Armenians are “not a people capable of speaking and celebrating sincerely.” “Our congratulations are ordinary, our joy kind of artificial, our speeches repetitive and false,” writes the paper. “The only real thing in all this is that a small section of our people heroically and steadfastly became the master of its land and retained its dignity and identity.”
“I think that some time in the future living in Karabakh will become the best option,” Hamlet Harutiunian, a Karabakh-member of Armenia’s parliament, tells “Iravunk.” “I personally work in Yerevan but live in Karabakh, as do all members of my family, including my grandchildren.”
“Zhamanak” reports that Russian Ambassador Vyacheslav Kovalenko on Thursday criticized those who he said are trying to undermine the traditionally strong pro-Russian sentiment in Armenia. The paper says grimly that Armenian leaders will not dare to state publicly that the Armenian people will not remain heavily reliant on Russia.
“Aravot” scoffs at police chief Alik Sargsian’s remark that the Armenian society deserves to have the kind of police force that exists now. “It can be inferred from the police chief’s formulations that if the two are worth each other, if they are the same, so to speak, garbage, then there is no motivation for either of them to become better and try to somehow improve the other at a better level,” editorializes the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” mocks a statement by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) demanding that Armenia officially recognize the new rebel government in Libya. “Does the HAK know that government?” asks the paper. “Does it know who has come to power in Libya now that the civil war in that country is not over and it is not known when and how it will end?”