(Saturday, February 6)
“Azg” reports that Britain’s Prince Charles will host a dinner in London on February 12 in honor of Armenia and its visiting President Serzh Sarkisian and Catholicos Garegin II. The paper says Armen Sarkisian, a London-based former Armenian prime minister, and British-Armenian businessman Vache Manukian will also be in attendance.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), Vahan Hovannisian, claims that the Nabucco gas pipeline project bypassing Armenia has “destabilized” Georgia. “The thing is that Georgia lacked an internal potential to bear such a thing,” says Hovannisian. “And that created a war situation inside the country. Domestic separatist movements gained greater momentum, the end of which we witnessed in the summer of 2008.”
“Zhamanak” says the decision by the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee to schedule a vote on the Armenian genocide resolution is a sign of Washington’s anger with Ankara’s reluctance to ratify the Turkish-Armenian protocols. “It is almost doubtless that we are seeing not a hunger for historical justice but only political interests pursued by the USA,” writes the paper. “It is no secret that the Armenian Genocide issue has always been one of the most effective U.S. tools of dealing with Turkey. It has always enabled the United States to keep Turkey under some pressure. The question is why the USA has again resorted to that effective means from which it refrained in the past one and a half years.”
“Ever since May 1994 there has never been so much talk of the war’s resumption,” writes “Hayk.” “Even a superficial analysis shows that it is beneficial for the regime’s representatives.” The Armenian authorities, claims the opposition paper, believe that the threat of renewed hostilities with Azerbaijan will make Armenians “forget their social problems, rigged elections and even March 1” and agree to a resolution of the Karabakh conflict sought by the government.
“168 Zham” reports that a group of members of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) led by a Swedish lawmaker have introduced a draft resolution denouncing the Armenian military’s involvement in the March 2008 violence in Yerevan. The paper says pro-government politicians and officials in Yerevan have reacted to the development with “indifference and even disdain.” Naira Zohrabian, a member of the Armenian delegation in the PACE, is quoted as saying that the resolution’s passage by the Strasbourg-based assembly is extremely unlikely. She also claims that the Swedish parliamentarian is financed by the “Azerbaijani lobby.”