“Hayots Ashkhar” laments the lack of “a culture of dialogue” in Armenia, saying that participants of various debates barely listen to each other and hate hearing views differing from theirs. Consequently, it says, the few voices of reason existing in various political camps are not being heard.
“Hraparak” sees an increased number of “tragedies and brutalities” in the country. “The press wrote about a number of shocking crimes in a matter of days,” says the paper. “Each of those crimes would be enough to terrify a whole generation for a decade … Psychologists and psychiatrists should probably deal with this and try to find out what is happening to our people, what causes this wave of brutalities and how to counter it.”
“Aravot” quotes Janes Lenarcic, head of the OSCE’s Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), as saying that the Warsaw-based watchdog will release its long-awaited report on trials of Armenian opposition members arrested after the 2008 presidential election early next year. “We are now finalizing the report,” he tells the paper.
“[The Azerbaijanis] would have started another war long ago if they wanted to,” Arkady Ter-Tadevosian, a retired army general, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “They are not ready.” Azerbaijani threats to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by force are therefore a “bluff,” he says. “They have [military] hardware but no army,” claims Ter-Tadevosian. “Their army looks nice and strong like Georgia’s army. But Georgia’s army held out for only 24 hours [in August 2008.] They all ran away, didn’t they?”
“Kapital” reports that the Armenian government is again pressing for the reopening of Russia’s main border crossing with Georgia. “Russia and Georgia are not holding direct negotiations on the opening of the crossing,” says the paper. “They are being conducted through Armenia. Most Armenian experts are of the opinion that the Georgian side agreed to hold negotiations on the matter against the backdrop of the warming of Turkish-Armenian relations, fearing a loss of its exclusive status of a transit country for Armenia.”