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“Golos Armenii” considers President Serzh Sarkisian’s participation in and statements made during the international conference in Munich to be “one of the brilliant” achievements of his nearly one-year presidency. “The president listed more than clearly the postulates that must be reckoned with not only by Azerbaijan but also the mighty of this world,” says the paper. “During its independence year Armenia did not often overcome its own complex of a small and weak country susceptible to pressure from various sides. It overcame [that complex] in Munich. And that could be done only by a strong and responsible national leader.”

“One can feel happy for Armenia,” writes Lragir.am. “You won’t find such a united elite in any other country. There is a radical opposition, various political forces, public organizations, including Western-oriented ones.” But, says the online journal, none of them has objected to what it sees as a pro-Russian tilt in Armenian foreign policy. The publication points to Yerevan’s decision to join a rapid-reaction force formed by the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s talk of greater Armenian use of the Russian ruble.

“Today the commission changing articles of the Criminal Code is also talking about dictating actions to the president, parliament, government and judiciary and provoking mass disturbances,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “A question arises. Who dictated actions to the parliament or the judiciary? Did the parliament meet for a session and approve the introduction of a state of emergency on the evening of March 1 spontaneously? Do courts make illegal decisions spontaneously? It is obvious that they were forced to take these actions. And that is a concrete crime.” The opposition paper says the authorities themselves provoked riots on March 1, 2008.

“Zhamanak” comments on the indefinite postponement of an annual congress of the Yerkrapah Union of Nagorno-Karabakh war veterans. “According to circulated rumors, the delay results from the imprisonment of prominent Yerkrapah members, and the Yerkrapah leadership thinks it would be dishonorable to hold a congress in the absence of those people,” writes the paper. It says the congress will be held on March 5, on the 50th birth anniversary of Yerkrapah’s late founded, Vazgen Sarkisian.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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