According to "Aravot," the Armenian parliament's refusal to form a
commission overseeing the official investigation into the 1999 shootings would deepen public suspicion that the authorities are obstructing justice. One of the things that has caused that suspicion is Nairi Hunanian's lengthy court testimony, never interrupted by the presiding judge. Lawyer Tigran Janoyan who represents interests of Vazgen Sarkisian's relatives says the ringleader should be allowed to speak as much as he wants. His statements "will become weapons in our hands," Janoyan says.
Janoyan, as "Hayots Ashkhar" reports, backs the idea of forming the
parliamentary commission, disagreeing with those who fear that the ad hoc body could impede the court proceedings. "The commission should be able to visit detention sites at any moment and enter prison cells where suspects in the October 27 case are being held," he says.
"Haykakan Zhamanak" claims that the authorities have softened their
opposition to the parliament's involvement in the probe, safe in the
knowledge that the commission would hardly be able to disclose any
wrongdoing on their part. The authorities will have enough time to cover up any evidence of unauthorized persons visiting Hunanian and other defendants in jail. That said, Wednesday's session of the National Assembly will mark the first open discussion by the parliament of the shootings probe.
"Hayots Ashkhar" comments that the latest visit of the Minsk Group mediators confounded Robert Kocharian's opponents who had been accusing him of preparing to accept an imposed "defeatist" solution to the Karabakh conflict in Geneva. The paper says its desired formula of "freezing the peace process with the enemy's hands" has proved to be viable. "Armenia has shown that it is in favor of peace and ready for mutual compromise, but has at the same time not given away anything neither in the negotiating process nor on
economic initiatives currently discussed with the West."
"Yerkir" says details of the peace process must be made public if the
Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders are to sell a peace deal on Karabakh to their respective populations.