“Hraparak” says that the report released on Wednesday by a parliamentary commission investigating the March 2009 events in Yerevan proved that the body only “imitated work” during its 15-month existence. The pro-opposition paper says the commission’s justification for emergency rule declared by former President Robert Kocharian was enough to expose its lack of objectivity.
“Looking at Serzh Sarkisian’s actions, his pliant foreign policy, even the most liberal person will probably want to become a nationalist,” writes “Zhamanak.” “But looking at Dashnaktsutyun’s nationalist actions, even the most nationalist individuals will get disappointed with nationalism and swear to become extreme liberals. That is, the authority and Dashnaktsutyun are jointly discrediting the two basic political ideologies in Armenia: nationalism and liberalism. The purpose of that is not difficult to understand. An ideology is dangerous for the authority even if it is not espoused by 10 percent of the population because the Armenian leadership itself is an ‘unideological’ phenomenon.”
“The public is not involved in Turkish-Armenian discussions, it’s indifferent,” writes Lragir.am. “Political forces, for their part, are trying to explain something to each other, rather than to the public. The last chance [for a public debate] seems to be the Armenian National Congress’s rally expected on September 18. It will show whether the Congress can ensure a serious public mood.” The online paper says that if the opposition alliance too fails to arouse strong public interest in the issue any further discussion of it will be meaningless. “Of course, detailed, clear and substantiated views are expressed by some individuals in Armenia. But they are not enough for generating a particular public mood because individuals do not have the organizational infrastructures that political forces possess.”
“Azg” reports that a member of the European Parliament, Sylvie Gillaume, has written to EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner to express concern about Vahagn Chakhalian, a Georgian-Armenian political activist controversially sentenced to ten years in prison. She asked Ferrero-Waldner to instruct the EU delegation in Tbilisi to monitor the ongoing court hearings on Chakhalian’s appeal against his sentence.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the American, Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group will meet the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York next week.