“Hayots Ashkhar” slams the international community for its criticism of the Karabakh presidential election. “The impression is that the entire world is fixated on a small people who have won their freedom on their own,” writes the paper. “The reason for all this is not Azerbaijan’s increased international prestige or petrodollars. The NKR presidential elections have simply coincided with a historic moment, becoming a temporary hostage of the Western community’s efforts to grant Kosovo independence.” The paper says international recognition of Kosovo’s secession from Serbia will automatically eliminate the “legal grounds” for the non-recognition of the legitimacy of the Karabakh vote.
According to “168 Zham,” for all its criticism, the international community does care about the freedom and fairness of the Karabakh election. “And that is why many international observers have arrived in Karabakh to monitor the course of the election on the spot,” says the paper.
“Not only Robert Kocharian but NKR President Arkady Ghukasian does not want to become the youngest pensioner,” says “Hayk.” “However, Ghukasian has no plans for the future yet. Ghukasian has stated that he has no intention to engage in business in any case.” The paper quotes him as saying that he is only ready for “political and public activities.”
“Aravot” reports that the embattled Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian and a large group of his subordinates held another meeting with Kocharian on Wednesday to “once again make sure that there is no danger of his dismissal.” “The president reaffirmed Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s green light to letting Ghukasian continue to occupy the post of mayor until the presidential election,” says the paper. “Notwithstanding that, other sources insist that the National Assembly’s Audit Chamber will begin on Monday conducting strict inspections at all [Gyumri] municipality departments.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that in a highly uncharacteristic gesture the National Security Service (NSS) has publicized details of its criminal case against former Foreign Minister Aleksandr Arzumanian. “One of the possible explanations is that they have realized in the NSS that the case against Arzumanian has collapsed and are now making desperate attempts to create an illusion that the former foreign minister’s prosecution is substantiated,” says the paper. It also suggests that the NSS has launched a “propaganda campaign ahead of the 2008 presidential election.” “They may thereby try to scare those Armenian citizens who have ties with opposition figures in Armenia and can help them financially.”