Several Armenian newspapers provide details of the November 3 meeting of former president Levon Ter-Petrosian with young people and carry a transcript of his speech and answers to questions.
Levon Ter-Petrosian says: “So what happened when [Robert] Kocharian was elected Armenia’s president. As a native of Karabakh, he simply assumed the function of presenting Karabakh’s viewpoint. The international community and Azerbaijan had all reasons to be overfilled with joy. I don’t know how one could make such a present to Azerbaijan. From that day in 1998, Karabakh was completely ousted from all negotiating processes. And now, since such a psychological atmosphere has been established, the former format will be very difficult to regain. There is only one element that no one can ignore – Armenia’s next president mustn’t be a Karabakh native so as to make it possible to unravel the process.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” writes on the same meeting: “The former president’s meeting with youths at Armenia Marriott Hotel on Saturday was not something unexpected. It is not a secret for anyone that without even a slim chance to win the election, the leaders of the liberation movement have to take the way of ‘colored revolutions’. And such revolutions are impossible to make without active participation of the youth.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” cites academician Rafael Ghazarian as saying to his family and friends hours before his death: “I am an ordinary soldier. Bury me at the Yerablur military cemetery next to an ordinary soldier.”
“It seemed that no problem should have emerged in connection with this last request of the outstanding scientist, but the funeral commission set up by the government told the family of Ghazarian that he could not be taken to Yerablur and that it was more appropriate for him to be laid to rest at the city pantheon,” the paper writes. “The commissioners, Levon Mkrtchian of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Academy Head Radik Martirosian, insisted that to be laid to rest at Yerablur one must be a ‘member of the system’”.
The paper replies: “But Rafael Ghazarian was in the trenches like an ordinary soldier during the years of the war, participated in the development of major military operations, and unlike them always dealt with weapons and ammunition, moreover was a member of the commission on military industry.”
“Aravot” writes in its editorial on the subject of the 90th anniversary of the Russian revolution and nostalgia among some people for celebrations on this day: “No historical period can be completely blackened and presented as a total nightmare, or, on the contrary, be pictured as a paradise that one can only dream about.”
The paper’s editor describes modern China as a good example to follow in this sense: “Even though formally continuing as a communist state, this country has not diminished any period of its rich historical past and does not label any of its emperors as enemies or betrayers.”
“Only we keep repeating: the former criminal regime, the current criminal regime. We are now about to say ‘the future criminal regime’ and thus complete our anti-historical course.”