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“Aravot” editorializes that any election in the former Soviet is watched with great interest in Armenia and the weekend presidential ballot in Ukraine was no exception. “These elections will predetermine the further course of Ukraine’s European policy for years to come, which will have a decisive impact on the fate of the CIS and Armenia in particular,” it says. The paper adds that those who perpetrated electoral fraud in Armenia are keen to see “how far the Ukrainian authorities will go in their vote-rigging impudence.” But other Armenians will turn their attention to the Ukrainian opposition which is refusing to accept official results of the election condemned by Europe and the United States.

“The unfolding dramatic events in Ukraine show that simply betting on a pro-Russian politician wielding power levels will produce no tangible results if that politician is not popular,” comments “Iravunk.” The paper says Moscow’s interference in political battles in Ajaria and Abkhazia similarly backfired. The stakes are much higher in Ukraine.

“Iravunk” also believes that a UN General Assembly debate on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, due on Tuesday, “does not promise anything favorable to Armenia.” The paper says supporters of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian will make the most of the setback by accusing his successor Robert Kocharian of botching Armenia’s Karabakh policy. Ter-Petrosian allies are also bound to make a case for the ex-president’s return to active politics.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” looks at whether Ter-Petrosian’s trips to the United States and France mark a political comeback, citing a broad range of opinions expressed by politicians and commentators. “In any case, attaching importance to those visits are not only figures close to the [former ruling] HHSh but also the parliamentary leader of the Republican Party, Galust Sahakian,” writes the paper. Sahakian is quoted as admitting the West’s continuing interest in Ter-Petrosian. He says this is so because “superpowers are contemplating some plans, looking for a convenient candidate for the next presidential elections.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” also quotes another Republican lawmaker as urging Ter-Petrosian to end his prolonged silence. “If Levon Ter-Petrosian doesn’t speak at the December congress of the HHSh he will simply prove that he doesn’t give a damn about this country and its people,” he says. “His speaking could lead to fairly serious political shifts with very unexpected developments.”

According to “Azg,” an unspecified senior foreign policy-maker in Yerevan says that Turkey will normalize relations with Armenia if the latter certifies “on paper” that it has no claims to Turkish territory. The official said the Armenian government will not agree to do that.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” carries the front-page picture of its editor Nikol Pashinian’s burning car and reiterates its allegations that businessman Gagik Tsarukian was behind the attack.

“Hayots Ashkhar” condemns “this impudent attack on a mass medium.” “Regardless of details, the terrible essence of what happened does not change and is already clear,” it says.

(Vache Sarkisian)
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