“Lragir.am” presents its vision of the current situation in Armenia: “[President] Serzh Sarkisian himself certainly does not know whether he is under pressure or not, whether he is ceding the territories or not, whether the concessions are unilateral or there are also reciprocal ones.”
“And those who accuse Serzh Sarkisian of going down the road of unilateral concessions do not know themselves whether they in fact accuse him because of these concessions or because they have given up on their other accusations,” the online newspaper contends.
“Hraparak” emphasizes that leaders of all Armenian political parties except one know about the Karabakh issue only as much as has been published in the press.
“Only the president, who is also the chairman of the governing Republican Party of Armenia, does possess all relevant information. But he is reluctant to share this information with the public or even with the party and government elites. The leaders of all 50 political parties who attended yesterday’s discussion on Karabakh hosted by the president told journalists after the event that Serzh Sarkisian had not said or heard anything new.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” continues to review the political landscape of Armenia: “While our unity has already been partially disrupted in consequence of the steps initiated by [ex-president and current opposition leader] Levon Ter-Petrosian, there is at least the need to think about forming a certain center of gravity consisting of national-patriotic forces. Such a center will clearly distinguish between the steps being made by Armenian diplomacy for tactical reasons and strategically inadmissible concessions and will support this position in any scenario of developments.”
“Pakagits” observes that Armenia’s current governing force shuns responsibility for a variety of issues and their solutions because it came to power not by means of receiving a genuine ‘public vote of confidence.’
“A governing party is supposed to guide political and public sentiments [in society] and assume responsibility for everything. But the Republican Party, which is considered to be the ruling party in Armenia, shows quite an opposite behavior. It seems that the Republican Party has nothing to do with the current problems of the government, the latest developments in the Karabakh settlement process or responsibility for all this.”
Coordinator of the Center for Legal Assistance to Political Prisoners Armen Khachatryan tells “Aravot” after meeting with the visiting Council of Europe commissioner for human rights that “Thomas Hammarberg’s assessments in the future report are likely to be stricter than ever and perhaps even stricter than we can imagine.”
“Taregir” writes in its comments on the Strasbourg official’s visit: “While before Thomas Hammarberg’s July visit to Yerevan, certain political prisoners in Armenia had been released from jail on conditional sentences, then the most severe sentences had been passed on some of opposition activists before his current visit. This step by Armenia’s authorities unambiguously means one thing – they do not care a bit about any international structures and their resolutions.”
“Naturally, the international structures have their own share of responsibility for this, because they have repeatedly turned a blind eye to electoral fraud, usurpation of power, violence and shooting at civilians committed by Armenia’s authorities. No wonder that political prisoners yesterday refused to meet the visiting commissioner accusing the Council of Europe of inaction and of applying double standards,” the paper concludes.