“Aravot” reports that the Union of Armenian Volunteers (HKH), one of the two dozen groups making up the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), has strongly criticized parts of HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s November 11 speech in which he criticized nationalist groups favoring territorial claims to Turkey. The paper says the HKH also attacked Ter-Petrosian for offering a “deal” to President Serzh Sarkisian.
“It is evident today there is no unity within the Armenian National Congress on any issue,” Eduard Sharmazanov, the spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “And in his last speech Ter-Petrosian announced the elimination of the demand for Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation, the bedrock of the Congress’s formation. Therefore, continued activities of the Congress have become an end in itself. If Ter-Petrosian really has a desire to cooperate [with Sarkisian] he should not send messages or drop hints but should have the courage and resolve to participate in discussions and meetings periodically initiated by Serzh Sarkisian. This is the best form of a dialogue.”
“Zhamanak” looks at what might happen if Sarkisian turns on the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). “It is considered likely that Dashnaktsutyun would go to Robert Kocharian,” speculates the paper. “But where exactly? To Africa on a safari? … What can Robert Kocharian can offer any of his allies, including Prosperous Armenia whose chairman seems to have become impatient and is constantly on the TV airwaves? Almost nothing. At least, if Robert Kocharian had anything to offer he would take a more serious posture, instead of recounting his African adventures.”
“Hraparak” comments tartly on Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s decision to join the HHK. “Tigran Sarkisian resisted for long,” says the paper. “But as it turned out, joining the ruling majority was inevitable, assuming of course that he did not want to lose the post of prime minister. It turned out that Serzh Sarkisian’s personal patronage is not enough to occupy the post of prime minister. You have to at least formally join the political force that has a majority in the parliament and to gain its support. That way the prime minister will feel more protected and will be able to confront various influences.”