"Haykakan Zhamanak" says most Armenian legislators who voted to form a commission overseeing the October 27 investigation did so for fear of being accused of supporting the terrorists. Few parliamentary factions other than the HZhK and Hayastan like the idea. Particularly worried are the Republicans who on Wednesday blocked the selection of three Miasnutyun deputies that will sit in the commission.
"Yerkir" writes that none of the deputies "hid the difficulty of finding the move's wisdom." Having no clearly set goals, the commission will be susceptible to manipulation by opposition leaders.
More important for "Aravot" is the question of who will compose the
commission. Its make-up will be essential for the success of the
commission's six-month activities. Some factions have already nominated members who were earlier opposed to the parliament's involvement in the criminal proceedings. Kim Balayan of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun is one of them. Many deputies who voted for the HZhK initiative sincerely believe that they will help the investigators. But few of them realize that the commission stands no chance of proving that certain forces impede inquiry. It will be eventually forced to declare that the authorities have done nothing wrong in trying to solve the case. There could be no better gift to forces withholding truth about the parliament massacre.
"Hayots Ashkhar" rounds on Ashot Manucharian, the outspoken leader of the opposition National Accord Front, for his persistent campaign against the authorities, which is based on the allegations about an imminent Karabakh sellout. The paper says Manucharian always needs someone or something to fight against. That is the essence of his political activities. But there are fewer and fewer political groups willing to pick up his cause. His attempts to win over the HZhK and Yerkrapah have been a total failure. The newly formed parliamentary commission will help the two organizations at last realize that "there is no devil under their bed." "Maybe these forces
will then figure out where the devil is actually hidden."
"Golos Armenii" carries an interview with Chief Military Prosecutor Gagik Jahangirian that makes no mention of the shootings probe. Jahangirian instead speaks of the falling number of crimes in the armed forces and the improving performance of his agency.