Raffi Hovannisian, the leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage), disagrees with “Hayots Ashkhar” suggestions that one of its parliament deputies, Zaruhi Postanjian, is defending the interests of Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK). Hovannisian tells the paper that the same can also not be said of Zoya Tadevosian, a former Zharangutyun figure controversially expelled from the party last year. “I have not always agreed with statements made by Ms. Tadevosian or Ms. Postanjian, but I believe that they are very good citizens committed to Armenia’s freedom and future,” he says.
Vartan Bostanjian, a parliament deputy from the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), defends Postanjian’s removal from the Armenian delegation in the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), in an interview with “168 Zham.” Bostanjian argues that she has acted against the Armenian authorities there and even collected signatures from “our enemies” in support of arrested opposition members. “If you take reckless and meaningless steps, that is not desirable in any case, regardless of the authorities, regardless of everything,” he says.
Lragir.am says that just because Armenia is not under international pressure to make more concessions to Azerbaijan does not mean that its positions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are strong. “Secondly, if many things are alright, then the Armenian side can not be credited for that and that is not the result of its brilliant diplomacy,” says the online paper. “It’s just that the interests of big powers involved in the resolution of the Karabakh conflict are such that even if there is a desire to change the status quo, they prefer to maintain it if one of them is not going to preside over that change.”
David Harutiunian, chairman of the Armenian parliament’s committee on legal affairs, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the panel will not investigate the recent revelation of a special military task force that was formed by the Armenian Defense Ministry in the immediate aftermath of the February 2008 presidential election. He says the committee is not authorized to deal with the matter.
“Azg” quotes Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Hasan Gashgavi as saying in Baku this week that he believes the Karabakh conflict will be resolved only with the mediation of regional states. He said other world powers involved in Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations are pursuing only their own interests. Gashgavi also said that Iran’s close relations with Armenia are “not directed against any third country.”