“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that since President Robert Kocharian came to power in 1998 on the back of a Karabakh policy change in Yerevan he must explain now what he has done to find a pro-Armenian solution to the conflict with Azerbaijan over the past ten years. “After all, our people have the right to know to what extent the 1998 regime change has served, or whether it has served at all, the cause of Armenia’s salvation,” editorializes the paper.
“Iravunk” says that having been kept “in delusion” by Kocharian over the past decade, the West is now more hopeful about Serzh Sarkisian’s willingness to cut a peace deal with Azerbaijan. “The Karabakh issue has made both the USA and Russia tread very carefully in Armenia,” comments the paper. “The West may radically turn to Levon Ter-Petrosian at any moment. The same is true for Russia.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” says that the Minsk Group co-chairs will press the authorities in Yerevan and Baku to sign their peace proposals during their visit to the two capitals next week. “If Robert Kocharian signs that document he will nullify his titanic decade-long efforts not to ‘surrender’ Karabakh and at the same time shoulder responsibility for the huge damage inflicted by those efforts on Armenia and its people, which Oskanian calls the price of not surrendering Karabakh,” the paper says in an editorial. It speculates that Kocharian’s failure to sign up to the proposed peace deal would significantly increase the likelihood of international support for Ter-Petrosian’s return to power.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Armenia’s intelligentsia is attracted to the government like a magnet for the simple reason that “power has been and remains the main tool for making money and, in general, arranging one’s life.” The pro-government paper believes that intellectuals who display a particularly “disgusting” behavior in government.
“Aravot” reports that Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s increasingly influential son-in-law, Mikael Minasian, has bought a commanding 75 percent stake in one of Armenia’s largest private TV networks partly owned by U.S.-Armenian businessman Gerard Cafesjian. The paper says Cafesjian’s main business partner in Armenia, Bagrat Sargsian, decided to sell his shares in Armenia TV because of his “disagreements related to investments” with the Armenian American. It says Cafesjian has pumped millions of dollars in investments into Armenia TV but “has seen no serious results.”