“Aravot” sees yet another ex-Soviet revolution in the making in its coverage of post-election unrest in Kyrgyzstan. The paper says it is following a pattern of anti-government popular revolts that result from objective factors rather than external intervention. It says Western support is only marginal for the success of such revolutions. “In other words, one usually imports things that are in great demand. Revolutions take place not because the opposition wants to seize power. And no matter how much our opposition talks about the need for a revolution, it will not take place as long as a majority of the people do not find among oppositionists the persons to whom they would like to transfer power.”
Such a revolution will “sooner or later” take place in Armenia, according to “Iravunk.” The paper says the events unfolding in Kyrgyzstan show that even regimes that are “clearly more hard-line and authoritarian than Robert Kocharian’s government” are not immune to outbursts of popular anger. The paper also notes a surge in pro-American sentiment among Armenia’s leading politicians. “Both within the government and opposition camps there is no lack of forces that are making overtures to the USA in their public speeches as it is evident to everyone that the superpowers’ positions in our will increasingly strengthen in our region. So everybody is seeking to have a cordial rapport with the future hegemony y.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the estrangement among Armenia’s three governing parties has reached a point where they “find each other’s existence annoying.”
Interviewed by “Azg,” Ara Abrahamian, a Russian tycoon of Armenian descent, seeks to lower expectations from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Armenia scheduled for this weekend. Abrahamian says he expects no “major solutions” from Putin’s talks in Yerevan. He is also unhappy with the overall state of Russian-Armenian relations.
“Hayots Ashkhar” comments that renewed debate in Armenia over ways of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has not been meaningful and productive so far. The paper is particularly disappointed with last week’s opposition gathering in Yerevan that saw harsh attacks on Kocharian’s Karabakh policy. “For a large number of politicians and public figures, Karabakh is not a difficult problem that needs a solution but rather a convenient means of distinguishing themselves and remaining in the political arena,” it explains. The opposition should instead tell the world that there is a “firm consensus” in Armenia regarding the Karabakh problem and express its readiness to cooperate with the government in finding solutions to it, concludes the pro-Kocharian daily.