“Aravot” says that of all major Armenian parties only the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) has an “understandable” position on Turkish-Armenian relations. Its says the parties other than Dashnaktsutyun have no clear strategy of how to deal with Turkey. The paper at the same time “can not understand” how Dashnaktsutyun can be part of a government whose position on the issue is quite different.
“Hayk” reports on Tuesday’s rally held by Dashnaktsutyun in Yerevan. “Apart from several dozen diehard Dashnaks, those who gathered outside the Matenadaran were mainly high school students and their teachers,” says the paper. It says many of them were bused from towns and villages across Armenia. “We believe that after yesterday’s disgrace Serzh Sarkisian and Tigran Sarkisian must think about finding a new minister of science and education because Spartak Seyranian proved yesterday that he is subordinated not to the government but a party opposed to it,” the paper adds, referring to the current education minister affiliated with Dashnaktsutyun.
“Serzh Sarkisian’s visit yesterday to Sochi and his meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev do not promise Armenia anything good,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “This visit bore out concerns that during the September 5 summit in Moscow of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will focus on the issue of the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.” The paper says Medvedev’s comments at the meeting dashed Armenian policy-makers’ and analysts’ hopes that Moscow will avoid pressing Yerevan to recognize the two regions given the vital importance of Armenian-Georgian relations.
“Armenia is being forced [by Russia] to present a clear official position on the events in South Ossetia by September 5,” writes “Hraparak.” “The deadline was set before Serzh Sarkisian yesterday during his meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.”
Shot Vartanian, head of the forensic tests center of the Armenian police, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that none of the civilian victims of the March 1 clashes in Yerevan was killed by sniper fire. “We had no such bullets,” he says.
“Aravot” reveals that “yet another” suspect in the October 1999 attack on the Armenian parliament has gone abroad. The paper says Misak Mkrtchian, who was accused of acquiring and storing weapons for the parliament gunmen, now resides in Belgium. Mkrtchian was arrested in November 1999 and released in April 2000 after signing a written pledge not to leave the country.