“Armenia is one of the weakest links in the region,” Ruben Hakobian, a prominent politician formerly affiliated with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Aravot.” Hakobian says the region is “on the brink of new events and new provocations” that will be dangerous for Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.
“168 Zham” links Levon Ter-Petrosian’s decision to stop his anti-government rallies with the possible release of “political prisoners” and the Armenian authorities’ acceptance of a new format of the independent inquiry into the March 1 clashes in Yerevan. The paper says the authorities agreed to that format because of continuing pressure from the Council of Europe and its human rights commissioner, Thomas Hammarberg. The latter is due to again visit Yerevan next month.
“Hayots Ashkhar” criticizes the Armenian parliamentary commission investigating the March 1 unrest, saying it gets the impression that the main task of the commission members over the past fours months has been to “demonstrate their uniqueness.” “Skirting fundamental issues, they continue to make every effort to prove their impartiality and honesty to the [opposition] organizers of March 1,” complains the pro-government paper. It says Ter-Petrosian and his allies have never taken the commission seriously.
“Azg” reports on the commercial redevelopment of an area just outside Yerevan which archeologists say was home to an ancient Armenian settlement. The paper says the area began to be “gobbled up” by private developers under former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. It says Ter-Petrosian’s successor, Robert Kocharian, did nothing to stop the process which is gaining more momentum now.