“Aravot” editorializes that the issue of the return of occupied Azerbaijani territories is extremely “painful” in Armenia and could either split or unite the nation. “Some view the return of the lands as a possibility of regime change in Armenia, while others as a way of reinforcing their power and winning the unconditional support of international structures,” says the paper. “Some consider territorial concessions an infringement of their patriotic feelings, while others a means of taking revenge on the Karabakhis and Karabakh. But one thing is clear: everyone is scared, expectant and worried.”
Lragir.am says those opposed to such concessions must be worried not about the declaration signed by the presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia but what it sees as a lack of democracy in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The online paper says Karabakh and Azerbaijani are perhaps the only places on earth where a pro-government candidates win about 90 percent of the vote in presidential elections.
“Levon Ter-Petrosian can calmly continue his demonstrations because he simply can’t hinder the process of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict resolution,” political commentator Levon Melik-Shahnazarian tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Our people can rest assured that nobody is going to solve any issues at the expect of our lands.” Melik-Shahnazarian says a look at the expression on President Serzh Sarkisian’s face when he signed the Moscow declaration was enough to dispel such fears.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says the findings of the Armenian parliamentary commission investigating the March 1 clashes in Yerevan dealt a serious blow to Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian and former President Robert Kocharian. The opposition paper says President Sarkisian hand a hand in those findings to counter Kocharian’s criticism of his policy toward Turkey. “Robert Kocharian has no chance to win in this battle,” it says. “Just because the crime committed by him is much more substantive, has many more witnesses and is much easier to prove.”
“Golos Armenii” says that unlike the Zharangutyun party of Raffi Hovannisian, Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) wants to take part in the work of the Fact-Finding Group of Experts only to bring about “very scandalous revelations” against the authorities. The pro-government paper says Ter-Petrosian is thereby trying to breathe a new life into his declining movement. The fact-finding group is his “last chance to save face,” it concludes.