“Zhamanak” says the integration of Syrian Armenians into Armenia’s political, economic and social life is no less important than assistance to their emigration from Syria. The paper suggests that the Armenian government is not prepared to assist in that integration. “Our compatriots from Syria do not get any coordinated assistance when they come to Armenia,” it says. “They should have been met at the airport by psychologists and representatives of social services with offers of help. Many Syrian Armenians may not need such things. But even if there is one person who needs, say, psychological counseling, they should receive that service on the spot.”
“Zhoghovurd” says that President Serzh Sarkisian will travel to Moscow this week to give a clear answer on Armenia’s participation in a “Eurasian Union” of former Soviet republics promoted by Russian President Vladimir Putin. “For Serzh Sarkisian, who has become pro-Western lately, it will be extremely difficult to explicitly say ‘yes’ or ‘no,’” writes the paper. “Either answer would have negative consequences. For Serzh Sarkisian, it will also be extremely difficult to evade the issue.” Armenia, it says, seems to be “Russia’s last hope in the Caucasus.”
Petros Makeyan, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Hraparak” that the leadership of the opposition alliance will discuss this week its participation in upcoming local elections. Makeyan says he and his Democratic Fatherland Party would strongly oppose HAK endorsement of any candidates from Gagik Tsarukian’s Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK). He says there is no difference between the BHK and the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “Since [HAK] decisions are made by consensus, our views will be taken into account,” he says.
“Aravot” says that Olympic Games no longer serve their original purpose: to contribute to peace and friendship among nations. “The United States boycotted the 1980 Olympics in the Soviet Union because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan,” editorializes the paper. “The Soviet Union boycotted the next Olympic Games held in Los Angeles in response to the American boycott. Sport has long become part of politics. In Olympic Games, states and nations establish themselves by defeating each other in sports. They thereby prove something to one another.”