“168 Zham” analyzes the European Commission’s intention to start official negotiations with the Armenian government on a new agreement meant to deepen relations between the European Union and Armenia. “That framework agreement could somewhat mitigate the severe economic situation in Armenia resulting from our membership in the Eurasian Economic Union,” the paper claims in an editorial. “But its consequences will primarily be political.” The paper expresses hope that Yerevan will not walk away from this deal just like it did in September 2013 shortly after concluding talks with the EU on an Association Agreement.
Armenian newspapers report and comment on gunshots that were fired on Wednesday at a car carrying Suren Khachatrian, the controversial governor of the southeastern Syunik province. “The problem is not the gunshots,” writes “Zhamanak.” “The problem is not their being real or stage-managed. The problem is that one day such things will not anger and surprise the society. Assuming that they already don’t.”
“Hraparak” says that a possible attempt on Khachatrian’s life is “condemnable.” “But the law-enforcers should be aware that when the law is not enforced unwritten laws containing elements of anarchy, bias and social demoralization come to the fore,” the paper says in an editorial. “After all, the human kind has created police and courts so that they wage a systematic and lawful fight against crime, rather than suppress popular protests and be fed from the state budget.”
“One thing is clear: the shooters did not want to kill Surik Khachatrian,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “They only warned him. If that is the case, then we are again dealing with the same phenomenon.” The paper says that whenever government officials and their relatives are not punished for their abuses they risk provoking extrajudicial revenge attacks again them. It also does not exclude that Khachatrian stage-managed the shooting to deflect public attention from a recent violent incident that involved his thuggish son Tigran. “Whatever the truth, the fact is that the situation in Syunik is slowly getting out of control,” concludes the paper.