(Saturday, August 23)
Commenting on the 18th anniversary of the declaration of independence adopted by Armenia’s first post-Communist parliament, “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that Armenia is now faced with the need to “fight for real independence,” just as it was in 1990. The paper believes that in that fight the country should avoid heavily relying on any “superpower.” “Only a country whose authorities are legitimate and enjoy the people’s trust can be independent,” it adds.
“Those who never lived in the Soviet state are now 17-18,” “Hayk” muses on the same subject. “They can’t imagine Armenia being a part of another state. Unfortunately, some families recall Soviet times with nostalgia and often tell their children that they could buy a pack of safety matches for one kopek or go to Sochi and spend a week there with 100 rubles … But if they have the honesty to also say that even traveling to Communist countries was extremely hard in Soviet times, that there was only one party, that going against the opinion of that party would mean losing everything … the children will laugh at their parents delighted with the Soviet state and love the independence even more.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the upcoming autumn will show what “model of development” Armenia has opted for. “In any civilized country, the people form a government by means of elections,” says the paper. “The method of forming government suggested by the [opposition] Levonites, regardless of what percentage of the people is for or against regime change, is wrong in terms of its form and psychology.” In a separate commentary, the paper says the coming months see “serious regroupings inside the government and in the political arena.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the Armenian authorities have devised a secret plan to split up the Yerkrapah Union of Karabakh war veterans, the majority of whose members supported opposition Levon Ter-Petrosian in the recent presidential election. The paper says they will try to co-opt prominent members of the organization and replace its chairman, former Deputy Defense Minister Manvel Grigorian, by Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian.
“Azg” carries a statement by Grigorian in which he accuses “some forces” of using Yerkrapah for their political purposes. The statement says some unnamed people are secretly “dealing with Yerkrapah” without its leadership’s knowledge. “We don’t know who they are and what they want,” it says. “Are they in government, in opposition? Whose game are they playing?” Grigorian adds that Yerkrapah can not be drawn into political battles by anyone.