“Hayk” compares the recent disputed elections and post-election developments in Armenia and Moldova and government reactions to them. “Demonstrations in Yerevan were peaceful, while Moldovans were far more aggressive, seizing and ransacking the parliament building,” says the opposition daily. “But the authorities in Moldova contented themselves with restoring order, whereas the regime in Armenia killed ten peaceful demonstrators, filled the prisons with political prisoners and declared a state of emergency. In Armenia, the regime claims that everything is alright and that people are in a near state of bliss, and, what is more, there has been no shortage of firework shows and even parades. In Moldova, they decided to hold new elections.”
“They held [the elections] and the opposition won and the authorities did not attempt to rig election results,” continues “Hayk.” “Furthermore, the army did not take to the streets and shoot at peaceful passers-by. Nor do they arrest opposition leaders.”
“The authors of the Madrid principles do realize that there is no solution to the Karabakh conflict today,” former Defense Minister Vagharshak Harutiunian tells “Iravunk.” “Their goal is to deploy peace-keeping forces in the conflict zone … so that the geopolitical situation there changes. This is a fight for the region. Those forces are not a guarantee of security. Yugoslavia, South Ossetia and other places provide vivid examples of that.” Harutiunian also claims that Russia and Iran will oppose any Western military presence in the region.
“Yerkir” hits out at Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian for stating that the Madrid document essentially addresses the key Armenian demands on a Karabakh settlement. The paper controlled by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) strongly disagrees with that assertion and accuses the authorities in Yerevan of trying to scare the domestic public with the prospect of a another war with Azerbaijan.
“Aravot” says that most of the Armenian government officials and politicians complaining about the “yellow press” are themselves more uncultured and politically incorrect that the most controversial local media. “If the quality of their judgments is so poor, then what do you expect from journalists and ordinary citizens?” editorializes the paper.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Artur Baghdasarian, the leader of the pro-government Orinats Yerkir Party and the secretary of Armenia’s National Security Council, says that he and President Serzh Sarkisian are “strategic allies.” “Our positions converge,” he says. “I once again insist that the president and government of Armenia will not take any step that could inflict the slightest damage on the security of our country and people.”