“Zhamanak” reports that Hermine Naghdalian, a deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament, harshly criticized and mocked her opposition colleagues on Tuesday during heated debates in the National Assembly on a bill which they say will facilitate the falsification of the December 6 constitutional referendum in Armenia. The paper says that Naghdalian, who also heads the Armenian delegation at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), has no moral right to accuse the opposition of “waste of time” in the wake of the approval by a PACE committee of a pro-Azerbaijani draft resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. It says that Naghdalian should worry about further developments in Strasbourg, instead of attacking the opposition.
“Hraparak” reacts angrily to the launch of a new political talk show on Armenian state television which is hosted by Armen Ashotian, the education minister and a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). The paper is very critical of Ashotian’s new role. “Never mind that in our country there is no decent education, let alone science, with which he could deal with as education minister,” it says.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” cites a Russian newspaper report saying that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov pressed Armenian leaders to make territorial concessions to Azerbaijan when he visited Yerevan earlier this week. “In return for that, Russia is said to be ready to guarantee that the war [in Karabakh] will not resume, peacekeepers will be deployed along the Line of Contact and, presumably, Armenia’s blockade [by Azerbaijan] will be lifted,” writes the paper. It says that the Russian “information leak” contains no sensational information. The Russians, it claims, are simply telling President Serzh Sarkisian to honor his promises given to Moscow years ago. “Serzh Sarkisian is now in a desperate state,” concludes the pro-opposition daily.