“Where were the people now calling themselves radical opposition years ago?” Levon Nersisian, a human rights activist, tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “They were in government, held managerial positions in the government system. For God’s sake, they had time and opportunities to show what they are capable of.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” defends political conditions set by Western governments and human rights bodies before Armenia. The paper says the Armenian government can not complain about those conditions because it willingly agreed to play by the rules of the game set by the West.
Lragir.am is “somewhat” surprised by the Wednesday decision by the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) to recommend sanctions against Armenia. “Judging from the fact that just hours after the move Armenia reacted through Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, it can be construed that the Monitoring Committee’s proposal came as a surprise for official Yerevan as well,” says the online publication. “Yerevan was apparently convinced that it is succeeding in gradually convincing Europe in that Armenia is moving down the path of democratic reforms. Europe mainly kept silent in the process, effectively encouraging the Armenian authorities. In any case, it is obvious that the situation has changed.”
“The events of March 1 are now openly used by the international community to exert pressure on our country in order to force the president [Serzh Sarkisian] to make unilateral concessions in the [Nagorno-Karabakh] negotiating process,” writes “Golos Armenii.” “Now, nine months on, the question of who benefited from the bloodshed has a clear answer for the thinking [segment of the] public. Levon Ter-Petrosian cleansed his reputation -- at least that’s what he thinks -- from all his illegalities ranging from repressions against political opponents to show trials, political assassinations, the plunder of the former socialist property, the deliberate energy terror against his own people, the blatant falsification of the 1995 and 1996 election results that was tinged with the presence of tanks in the streets of the capital and mass arrests.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that an Armenian court has agreed to open bankruptcy proceedings against Bjni, the embattled mineral water company which the authorities want to auction off in payment for hefty fines imposed on it by tax officials. The paper says that under Armenian law, the court order means that the Justice Ministry’s Service for the Mandatory Execution of Judicial Acts can not hold the auction scheduled for Friday.