In an interview with “Zhamanak”, Samvel Nikoyan, the head of the parliamentary ad hoc commission conducting a probe into last year’s post-election unrest, rules out any interference from the authorities in the commission’s work.
“As for [former president Robert] Kocharian, I have no idea how he would have interfered and what instruments of influence on the commission he possesses. No matter who occupied what position in the past, every member of the commission has self-respect and dignity, and no one is ready to sacrifice himself for the image or dignity of anyone.”
“Aravot” asks Galust Sahakian, the head of the governing Republican Party’s parliamentary faction, about his involvement in the recently approved new principles of work for media at the National Assembly.
“If the matter concerns the change of the National Assembly order for media work, then the National Assembly is making changes in accordance with its own regulations. Our faction is also taking part and we, too, have made proposals. Free entrance for all [accredited] reporters is allowed when the parliament is in session. As for reporters’ coming to parliament every day, it implies an additional working space for the reporter. But there is no such free entrance for media in any other institution.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” talks to another vice-chairman of the Republicans.
MP Razmik Zohrabian says: “As for [opposition leader] Levon Ter-Petrosian’s remarks…, yes, they have already given up Karabakh, they were about to cede it in 1997, we stopped them from doing that. As for us, Karabakh has not been given up and will not be given up. The matter today concerns the liberated territories. But they have not been given up either and will not be given up. In 1997, there was no word about self-determination. And today the Madrid principles clearly define the right of Nagorno-Karabakh to self-determination.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that an annual pilgrimage of the Yerkrapah Union of Karabakh war veterans to Karabakh began on Tuesday. “Every time in summer senior Yerkrapah members led by General Manvel Grigorian travel to Karabakh, visit several villages of the Martakert and Hadrut districts where they meet with locals. Generals Artur Aghabekian and Seyran Saroyan also participate in such meetings.”
As the paper learned, “during those meetings villagers put concrete questions to the generals, in particular about the return of the liberated territories.”
“It is remarkable, however, that despite sounding daring in their speeches, the generals still avoided giving concrete names and did not specify what they would do if Armenia’s current leadership agreed to cede territories,” the paper concludes.
“Azg” exposes hypocrisy, or as it calls it ‘recurrent nonsense’, in some media and groups of society on the example of their reaction to the recently approved national strategy of road and traffic safety in Armenia.
“Some in the society and media who have for years struggled for a solution to a certain problem and criticized the government for failing to provide a solution to this problem begin to criticize this very solution when it is finally found.”