“Iravunk” says the United States is behind a renewed international push for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “Foreign Ministers Vartan Oskanian and Elmar Mammadyarov have already met and will meet again,” writes the paper. “The U.S. co-chair [of the OSCE Minsk Group] Matthew Bryza is clearly trying to stir up something for Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliev very soon, on October 17. On top of that, the Azerbaijani side managed to include the issue on the UN [General Assembly] agenda, which is fraught with numerous problems [for the Armenian side.]”
According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” the General Assembly plans to discuss the future of the breakaway Serbian province of Kosovo as well, and that is good news for the Armenian side. “Kosovo is regarded as a region worthy of independence,” explains the paper, adding that international recognition of that independence will set an important precedent for the Karabakh Armenians. “The prospect of the Kosovo issue being moved to the UN may pour cold water on Azerbaijan’s current attempts to use that forum.”
“Azg” says that Presidents Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Saakashvili are the main beneficiaries of the latest crisis between Russia and Georgia. “Thanks to it, Saakashvili won local elections, while Putin’s approval ratings have soared to such an extent that even prominent artists, who were silent about [Putin’s possible] third presidential term until now, found it their moral obligation to join the authors of ardent appeals,” says the paper. “The fact that the Russians long for an iron fist has again been proven.”
“Aravot” implicates the authorities in the latest beating of an opposition politician in Armenia. The paper editorializes that such attacks are the work of “beating squads that are ready to carry out rulers’ and oligarchs’ orders and thereby reinforce the existing criminal system.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that parliament speaker Tigran Torosian was assuring journalists on Monday afternoon that reports about the arrest of parliament deputy Hakob Hakobian are not true. “Tigran Torosian explained to ignorant journalists that if a deputy had been arrested he would have been aware of that,” says the paper. “And when a reporter insisted that a deputy was really arrested, the chairman of the National Assembly refused to believe in that.” “How can such a thing happen without the [Republican] faction’s knowledge?” another senior legislator, Galust Sahakian, said for his part. The paper says Sahakian was “sincerely surprised” when he checked with other officials and was told that Hakobian is indeed under arrest.