“There has been only one revolution in the modern history of Armenia which was completed with the results of the 1990 parliamentary elections,” editorializes “Aravot.” “There have also been coups in our country. The first major coup was in the beginning of 1998 when the two most influential ministers, including Serzh Sarkisian and the prime minister [Robert Kocharian], hatched a conspiracy against the president who appointed them and forced him to resign. The second major revolution was [the parliament attack of] October 27, 1999 when the country’s de facto leaders, the prime minister and the National Assembly chairman, were shot dead.”
According to “Aravot,” Armenia has also seen “mini-coups” since 1995 when the authorities rigged presidential and parliamentary elections. “The current defense minister took part in all of these mini-coups in one way or another,” says the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that there are now “no expectations of serious progress” in the Karabakh peace process. The paper says Azerbaijan’s leadership will not be able to accept compromise peace deals due to the upcoming parliamentary elections. “The anticipated political upheavals in Azerbaijan promise to dramatically weaken that country’s positions in the decisive negotiations at the end of the year,” it says.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” and “Hayots Ashkhar” quote Prime Minister Andranik Markarian as saying that Yerevan does not demand autonomy for Georgia’s Armenian-populated Javakheti region. “I am convinced that there would otherwise arise some difficulties,” he says.
“Azg” accuses the West and the United States in particular of using Georgia for a “dirty game of discrediting Russia and Armenia.” “The course of events shows that the top priority is to discredit Russia in the Caucasus and to somehow intimidate Armenia so that the latter becomes more cautious in its military cooperation with Moscow,” claims the paper.
“Although mobile phone service has been virtually paralyzed in Armenia for almost a month, … the Ministry of Transport and Communications does not yet want to do anything about it,” complains “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper says the government has still not responded to a complaint against ArmenTel filed by Armenia’s second mobile phone operator, VivaCell, a week ago. “VivaCell is complaining that the connection provided by ArmenTel affects the quality of services provided by it. VivaCell intends to appeal to the Commission on Protection of Economic Competition.” But ArmenTel has already decided to compensate its customers by undercharging them for July phone calls. The paper says the move will cost the Greek-owned company between $800,000 and $1 million.