“Azg” reports on President Serzh Sarkisian’s latest calls for international recognition of the Karabakh Armenians’ right to self-determination. “I have told Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev that if the Azerbaijanis want to show that they are seriously interested in Nagorno-Karabakh’s security and future, let them make serious investments in Nagorno-Karabakh, prove that Azerbaijan is ready to … persuade the people of Nagorno-Karabakh that Azerbaijan can be a guarantor of their security,” Sarkisian is quoted as saying on Monday. “Maybe after that, in a referendum, the Karabakhis might decide to be part of Azerbaijan.”
“This authority does not place Karabakh above its own pleasure and especially power,” claims “Hraparak.” “So they can easily cede it in return for some investments, which is what Serzh Sarkisian has proposed to Aliev.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” also pounces on Sarkisian’s “exotic” remarks. The opposition paper says Armenians have only themselves to blame for such statements because they let Sarkisian and his associates cling to power.
“Hraparak” quotes opposition deputy Zaruhi Postanjian as appealing to Sarkisian to grant amnesty to more than 70 oppositionists remaining in jail. Postanjian hopes that the president will be “humanistic” enough to heed her call.
“Independence is secondary unless it leads to freedom,” opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian is quoted by “Aravot” as telling loyalists during a private reception dedicated to Armenia’s independence anniversary. “Independence is a means for achieving freedom. We now have to accomplish the second part of our national program: to earn our people complete freedom.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that unlike in 2007, Ter-Petrosian and his associates marked the independence anniversary with a low-key event this time around. The pro-government paper says this fact is at odds with opposition claims that 90 percent of Armenians support Ter-Petrosian.
“Hayk” issues a list of what it hopes are embarrassing questions to Artur Baghdasarian, the leader of the pro-government Orinats Yerkir Party and the secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council. One of the questions is about harsh criticism of the government which Baghdasarian voiced before agreeing to join Serzh Sarkisian’s governing coalition. “Did you have any role in the preparation and execution of the [March 1] slaughter?” adds the opposition paper.