“In the modern Armenian history there has not been a single case of dialogue between rival political camps in Armenia,” writes “168 Zham.” “Even in the course of all political cataclysms, when the country found itself in a really serious situation, there was no such dialogue.” The paper says both the government and opposition forces are to blame for that.
“The fight is for one post which only one person can occupy,” pro-government pollster Aharon Adibekian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “That is why I don’t see a subject or topic of dialogue.” He says dialogue can occur only if Levon Ter-Petrosian and his team concentrate on helping address socioeconomic and other problems facing Armenia. “This is how the opposition should act,” he adds.
“Aravot” notes that in his report released last month the Council of Europe’s human rights commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg, cited opposition claims that some Yerevan hospitals refused to treat opposition supporters injured in the March 1 clashes with police. “Besides, the commissioner was told that were several cases where individuals discharged from hospitals were immediately arrested.”
“With his exclusive interview [with the Mediamax news agency,] Robert Kocharian responded not to Levon Ter-Petrosian but Serzh Sarkisian,” writes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” The paper claims Kocharian knows that his harsh suppression of Ter-Petrosian’s post-election demonstrations put Sarkisian in a “difficult position.” “So difficult that Serzh Sarkisian may even be ready to surrender Robert Kocharian in order to ease popular and international pressure on him,” it says.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” comments on Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s pledges to be responsive to media criticism of his government. “It is certainly good that the authorities have decided not to leave media reports unanswered,” says the opposition paper. “But that raises a question. Why don’t they react to past reports?” The paper points to media criticism of some of Tigran Sarkisian’s actions taken in his previous capacity as chairman of the Central Bank of Armenia (CBA). It claims in particular that Armenia has suffered “huge” financial losses as a result of the CBA’s decision to covert the country’s gold reserves into U.S. dollars.