“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on President Serzh Sarkisian’s interview with the German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “The thing is that a situation has been created in which Serzh Sarkisian himself cannot refuse to sign the document that was foisted on him by Russia yesterday or will be foisted on him by the United States tomorrow…”
“If there is no positive thing for Karabakh in the only document signed during the last 14 years, then the people of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic have the right to know about that.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” addresses the lingering speculation about a planned return of retired President Robert Kocharian to Armenia’s major-league politics.
“In the recent period opposition media have been actively engaged in expanding on another scenario of Kocharian’s comeback, spreading allegations that former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian’s recently established Civilitas Foundation is in reality controlled by Kocharian, who is intent on turning the foundation into a political party and after that winning over the parliament’s majority. Only fear-stricken revolutionaries can think about such an unimaginable situation.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” suggests that it is the surroundings of President Serzh Sarkisian that have been exciting a debate to cause public discontent towards the Madrid principles and a rapprochement in Armenian-Turkish relations in order to ensure he calmly abandons his gambling.
“After all, Sarkisian’s unsophisticated game has failed and he had to, without pressure from inside, give up these dubious initiatives. And it is very important. If it had been done under public pressure, the international community would have imposed sanctions on the whole state for failing to live up to the promise, but because Sarkisian abandons it spontaneously, sanctions will target him personally.”
The paper’s commentator also observes: “Generally, there must be no discussion about Armenian-Turkish relations or the so-called Madrid principles. He [Sarkisian] himself has cooked this meal and let him enjoy it alone.”
“Aravot” editorializes on the recent clash between Armenian and Greek clergy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.
The daily’s editor draws a general conclusion: “In conditions when all state and public institutions are completely discredited, there must be an establishment to play a certain consolidating role. For example, when a person takes an oath in an American court, he or she is likely to fear to give false evidence. Such an oath in Armenia would be meaningless – our citizens can swear on the Holy Bible and then, to their own surprise, say lies of a tremendous scale. Or we witness every day how those called ‘the elite’ go for each other’s throats jostling for power, posts and money. It is not at all pleasant to see approximately the same on television “performed” by church servants.”