“Zhamanak” says that Levon Ter-Petrosian’s cooperation offer extended to President Serzh Sarkisian has “bewildered” many people in Armenia. The paper says Ter-Petrosian’s associates say the top leader of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) thus again demonstrated that he places “state interests” above anything else.
“The protesting segment of the Armenian society needs a new leader,” editorializes “Kapital.” “The main weapon in the rise of that leader could only be a huge charisma, courage and determination based on a non-negotiable honesty and unwavering faith in his own ideas. The old leaders are discredited, depleted, faithless, weak and frail.” Turning to Ter-Petrosian, the paper has understood that there is no universal support for “regime change” in Armenia. Therefore, it says, the next major political battle in Armenia will likely take place before the next parliamentary elections due in 2012.
Interviewed by “Yerkir,” Perj Zeytuntsian, a prominent Armenian writer, rejects Ter-Petrosian’s criticism of pro-establishment intellectuals supporting President Serzh Sarkisian’s policies on Azerbaijan and Turkey. “Let him not mistake us for himself and try to distort our statements,” says Zeytuntsian. “He has to be constantly reminded that it was he who was saying in the past that our nation’s salvation lies in relations with Turkey. He liked saying that Turkey is not what it was before, that it has become civilized.”
“Public opinion is now toughening both in Armenia and Turkey,” Samvel Nikoyan, a deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament, tells “Aravot.” “Right now nobody can say for certain whether or not Turkey’s parliament will endorse the [Turkish-Armenian] protocols. I think the Turks themselves don’t know yet what they are going to do with the protocols. But in any case, there can be no doubt that public opinion in Turkey is negative. And in this situation Azerbaijani pressure on Turkey is becoming more influential. If Turkey’s parliament doesn’t ratify the protocols that will not mean that Turkey deceives or rebuffs Armenia. If Turkey’s parliament doesn’t ratify the protocols, that move will be directed not against Armenia but the USA, Europe and Russia.”