“We must properly look into what happened [on March 1,] expose the guilty,” Armen Ashotian, a parliament deputy from the governing Republican Party (HHK) tells “Hraparak.” “The guilty must be subjected to punishment set by law, regardless of what camp they are in. That is, closing [the case of] March 1 and saying nothing happened would mean committing a sin against the memory of the victims and our state and society. On the other hand, again politicizing the issue would mean restoring a situation that existed in Armenia in February-March 2008.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” expects the kind of chaos and acrimony during Friday’s trial of seven prominent oppositionists that characterized the trials of other opposition members arrested in the wake of the March 1 clashes. The paper blames the turmoil on angry opposition supporters packing courtrooms, chanting anti-government slogans and, in some cases, insulting prosecutors and judges.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” speculates that if the war with Azerbaijan had taken place in 2005-2006, rather than 1991-1994, its outcome may have been totally different. The opposition paper says Armenia’s present ruling establishment is not capable of defending the country. “We are not taking about the oligarchs,” it says. “They import and sell some things, but if they realize that they can earn 10 cents more in Azerbaijan, rest assured that they will sell their goods there.” Those oligarchs who hold parliament mandates, it says, see no difference between sitting in the parliaments of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes the former commander of Armenian interior troops, Grigor Grigorian, as telling the parliamentary commission investigating the March 1 events that he still does not know why he was fired by President Serzh Sarkisian earlier this year. Grigorian reportedly said that he first heard the news of his dismissal on television. All inquiries should therefore be referred to Sarkisian, he said.
“Aravot” reports that Nagorno-Karabakh’s leadership has still not received a copy of a “technical document” which international mediators reportedly submitted to the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Helsinki last week. “But as a party to the conflict … we expect to receive that document from the Minsk Group co-chairs soon,” Georgi Petrosian, the Karabakh foreign minister, is quoted as saying.