In a front-page article published by “Azg,” an aide to President Serzh Sarkisian rebuts criticism of Armenia’s foreign policy that was voiced by former parliament speaker Tigran Torosian in the same paper. The official, Vigen Sargsian, accuses Torosian of deliberately distorting key points of the president’s speech at the UN General Assembly. The president, he says, did not make any linkage between the principle of nations’ self-determination and ethnic cleansing, as was claimed by the ex-speaker. What he said was that peoples trying to make use of that principle put their security at risk.
“As recently as six months ago it appeared that the main advocate of conserving the situation and maintaining the status quo [in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict] is Russia,” “Aravot” says in an editorial. “But the Russian-Georgian war showed that the Russian Federation feels so strong and confident that it can opt not for freezing regional conflicts, as was the case in the past, but for solving them in its favor. That is how Russia behaved with respect to Abkhazia and South Ossetia. That doesn’t mean our strategic ally will solve the Karabakh problem in exactly the same manner. Such a scenario is practically impossible.”
Panorama.am writes about “two worlds” which it says exist in Armenia “from election to election.” “After elections only one of them stays on surface: the victorious authority,” says the online news service. “The other gradually disappears only to re-establish itself in time for the next election with almost the same traits but possibly a different composition. The non-authority does not manage to ensure its political existence in between elections. Nonetheless, there is a small group of people for whom the past is still extremely alive and real and who are now the last real factor, the last remnant of a public upheaval that does not allow [the authorities] to consider the issue closed. We are talking about political prisoners.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” former Culture Minister Roland Sharoyan accuses the Armenian opposition of provoking the March 1 clashes in Yerevan. “This is an opposition that delayed its rally because of Abdullah Gul’s visit [to Armenia] but allowed March 1 to happen,” says Sharoyan. “This is the extent of their political wisdom.”