“Aravot” comments on former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s surprise visit to Nagorno-Karabakh. “With that visit, the first president apparently wanted to demonstrate two things,” editorializes the paper. “First, he is reckoning with today’s realities and is not going to stubbornly cling to the outdate d[peace] schemes of 1997. Second, he regards Karabakh as an independent factor, something which has been objectively absent [from Armenian foreign policy] in the last ten years as Robert Kocharian has simultaneously acted on behalf of Armenia and Karabakh.”
“Although Levon Ter-Petrosian has not yet personally announced his participation in Armenia’s presidential elections, his preliminary meetings not only create real grounds for such participation but are forcing the first president … to bring together the viable fragments of the opposition,” writes “Taregir.” The pro-Ter-Petrosian paper stands by its view that all other opposition leaders lack the skills and experiences to successfully take on the ruling regime. Which is why, itt says, the latter has always found it easy to deal with them.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” says Ter-Petrosian’s October 26 rally in Yerevan could prove “decisive” for the success of his presidential ambitions. The paper says the number of people attending it will give him a better idea of his chances in the 2008 elections.
“168 Zham” reports that the issue of whether or not to support Ter-Petrosian in the elections is causing a rift among a group of opposition parties that have been holding negotiations on the possibility of fielding a single opposition candidate. One of their leaders, outspoken politician Manuk Gasparian, has expressed his readiness to endorse Ter-Petrosian. But others, including prominent Soviet-era dissident Paruyr Hayrikian, finds this unacceptable.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that the dram’s sharp appreciation against the U.S. dollar and other major currencies has radically changed Armenians’ attitude towards their national currency. Nonethless, adds the paper, the dollar still has a “serious weight in the Armenian market and economy.” It deplores the fact that most of multimillion-dollar remittances from Armenians working abroad are spent on household consumption instead of being invested into the manufacturing sector of the economy.