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“When Robert Kocharian says that if he was in power Levon Ter-Petrosian would most probably be in prison he implies, ‘If I was in power, I would instruct the prosecutor-general to fabricate a criminal case,’” writes “Aravot.” “On this issue we have no reason not to believe the second president. He would really do that. He would definitely try to avenge the grave accusations addressed to him. As for the issue of inviting Turkey’s president to Armenia, it is hard to understand why the second president is unhappy.” The paper says there is nothing unusual about the presidents of two countries watching a football match between their national teams. “Does that mean those countries have no problems left over from the past?” it asks.

“Armenia’s Police and the National Security Service filmed all the events of March 1, including the street clashes, didn’t they?” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Where is the footage proving that one or another politician or protester took part in a mass riot? It is already evident that such footage simply doesn’t exist. Not because law-enforcers failed to film anything, but because no politician or protester took part in such actions and shop looters and smashers shown in the videos are simply untouchable.”

“It is obvious that there will be no orange revolution [in Armenia] with a waning wave of demonstrations,” says “Iravunk.” The paper says Levon Ter-Petrosian only plans to refurbish his HHSh party into the Armenian National Congress (HAK) in order to “wage an ordinary political struggle during the next ordinary elections.” “In the foreseeable future Levon Ter-Petrosian can expect success only in one case: if there is some emergency development,” it says.

Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” an aide to Nagorno-Karabakh’s former military leader Samvel Babayan welcome’s Ter-Petrosian’s efforts to form the HAK. “I am convinced that it is impossible to build a better future with fragmented and small parties,” says Gnel Ghlechian. The HAK will make Armenia’s political landscape “healthier,” he adds.

“Hraparak” is scathing about official events that marked the 10th anniversary of Armenia’s Court of Cassation. “A system mired in corruption and distrusted by the public should not have dared to celebrate anything,” comments the paper. “Maybe it was worth marking the anniversary in a different way. For example, to hold a conference and talk about the system’s ills, ponder on their treatment, discuss reasons for the absence of justice, and try to understand what hampers them.”

(Armen Dulian)
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