“People have started congratulating each other on [Armenia’s] independence holiday more often than one, two or five years ago, and that’s very nice,” editorializes “Hraparak.” “Maybe the ice has been broken and the new generation started appreciating after all the value called independence. Maybe the number of those having nostalgic recollections of the past has decreased. Or maybe people are realizing that they don’t live well not because the country had become independent and that on the contrary, they have more chances of living well under independence.”
A senior aide to Levon Ter-Petrosian tells “Hraparak” that Armenia’s first president has been unable to find any indoor venue for his traditional September 21 receptions dedicated to the independence holiday. Levon Zurabian says that hotels and business centers in Yerevan told Ter-Petrosian’s office that they can not host more than 150 people for such an event. And so the opposition leader decided to gather his friends and associates in a public park in Yerevan, says Zurabian.
In an interview wit “Iravunk de facto,” another Ter-Petrosian loyalist, Hovannes Hovannisian of the Liberal Party, criticizes the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) for demanding the resignation of Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian, rather than President Serzh Sarkisian. Hovannisian argues that under Armenia’s constitution, it is the president who is in charge of foreign policy. “Don’t they know about this?” he asks.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will discuss the political situation in Armenia on September 28. According to Armen Rustamian, a member of the Armenian delegation at the PACE, the committee will discuss the controversial report released by an Armenian parliamentary commission that investigated the March 2008 violence in Yerevan. He Rustamian tells the paper that the committee will also decide whether or make a statement on Armenia’s compliance with PACE resolutions or again send its rapporteurs to Yerevan.
Lragir.am says that Ter-Petrosian failed to answer the key question preoccupying his supporters and other politically active people: “What is the [Armenian National] Congress going to do in order to arouse public sentiment and thereby influence government decisions?” The online journal believes that Ter-Petrosian should not have contented himself with grim predictions on Nagorno-Karabakh and Turkish-Armenian relations.