“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” believes that a new video on the March 1 clashes in Yerevan featuring recordings of opposition leaders’ wiretapped phone conversations was produced and circulated by the government. “The film pursued a purely propaganda purpose,” says the opposition paper. “And that means the authorities attach great importance to propaganda in trying to get away with March 1.” It links this to the upcoming trial of seven opposition leaders arrested following the unrest.
Lragir.am criticizes those Armenian political forces and leaders who say they would back any settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict acceptable to the Karabakh Armenians. The online journal says they are thereby washing their hands and dodging responsibility for this pivotal problem. “The Karabakh people may be mistaken,” it says. “After all, there are about 100,000-150,000 of them. They live in an almost absolutely closed system, lack objective and complete information, live with an extremely acute sense of security that sometimes borders on fear. They are therefore unable to assess reality adequately.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” carries an interview with Armenak Mnjoyan, a former member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) who was sentenced to life imprisonments in the late 1990s for committing politically motivated killings allegedly ordered by the nationalist party. Mnjoyan notes that some of the current Armenian security officials and judges who now send opposition members to jail did the same thing during Levon Ter-Petrosian’s rule. “This is a political practice which I think exists not only in Armenia but also in the West and in the East,” he says. “It’s simply more vivid here.” Mnjoyan also believes that at least some of the arrested Ter-Petrosian supporters are political prisoners. He goes on to attack Dashnaktsutyun, saying that the party “degenerated” during Ter-Petrosian’s rule.
“Azg” quotes Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ali Babacan as telling Turkish state television that the foreign ministers of five nations, including Armenia, covered by Ankara’s Caucasus Stability and Cooperation Platform will meet on the sidelines of this week’s OSCE ministerial meeting in Helsinki, Finland. Babacan also said that he will hold separate talks with his Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts.