“Yerkir” editorializes that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian and his Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh) primarily count on the support of external forces in their perceived attempts to return to active politics. The paper expects HHSh leaders to claim soon that “certain forces” outside Armenia would welcome Ter-Petrosian’s return to power.
Citing unspecified “American diplomatic sources,” “Iravunk” says that even though “Ter-Petrosian is most probably returning to active politics” it is still premature to regard him as a strong candidate to succeed Robert Kocharian. “Ter-Petrosian’s mission will rather be to form a political camp that will represent a pro-Western alternative to the current regime.” The paper says the ex-president is more likely to endorse somebody else for the Armenian presidency.
Turning the Karabakh conflict, “Iravunk” suggests that the situation in the peace process seems to be “highly unfavorable” for the Armenian side. The paper says the latest statements on Karabakh by Ter-Petrosian and his allies attest to this. It says the continuing unrest in Ukraine is also good for the HHSh. “All in all, pro-Western sentiment in the entire opposition has gotten stronger regardless of the traditional geopolitical orientations of particular opposition parties.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that there is growing discontent inside the opposition Artarutyun alliance with the perceived passive stance of its leader Stepan Demirchian. “The fact is that the Artarutyun alliance is beginning to fall apart,” it claims. The paper says Vazgen Manukian and his National Democratic Union (AZhM) party have already effectively quit the bloc. It quotes another prominent oppositionist, Ashot Manucharian, as saying that he might soon set up a new opposition alliance with Manukian and other forces.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” takes a skeptical look at Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov’s visit to Yerevan. “Russian money of dubious origin can only circulate in countries like Armenia,” the paper says of Luzhkov’s talks in the Armenian capital. “The mentalities of our and Russian governments coincide, and in these circumstances they could reach mutually beneficial agreements.”