(Saturday, April 10)
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Luis Moreno Ocampo, a prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague, was in Yerevan last week not only to participate in an international human rights conference but also on an “official visit.” The paper says that at a meeting with Justice Minister Gevorg Danielian Ocampo urged Armenia to submit to the court’s jurisdiction. It says he warned during the conference that a particular country’s failure to do so does not earn its citizens immunity from prosecution at the Hague.
Lragir.am says that Armenian governing circles agree with opposition claims that former President Robert Kocharian wants to become prime minister. “It is hard to tell what the reason for Kocharian’s haste is?” asks the online journal. It speculates that the latest “unprecedented activity” in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process or what it calls renewed international interest in Armenia’s 2008 post-election unrest may be the key factors. “Kocharian might have suspect that there is agreement on these issues with respect to himself,” it says, adding that the former president’s latest pronouncement’s have helped President Serzh Sarkisian and opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian.
“Criticizing Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian has become the favorite occupation of Armenia’s supposedly political field,” writes “Zhamanak.” “There is no doubt, of course, that that criticism is absolutely justified because the economic policy pursued in Armenia [by his government] has absolutely nothing to do with real life.” But, says the paper, the problem is that President Serzh Sarkisian has never criticized his premier and has even praised his work. “Give all that, isn’t the criticism of Tigran Sarkisian a waste of time?” it concludes.
“168 Zham” claims that employees of the ArmRosGazprom (ARG) gas distribution company have been visiting residents of Yerevan and telling them to sign “some documents.” One resident is quoted as saying that they told him that they are simply re-calculating the number of ARG subscribers. But he says one of his neighbors bothered to read the documents and discovered that ARG is in fact collecting signatures in support of the recent hike in gas prices. The paper accuses the company of deceit.
“If Turkey is to maintain its role in the region it has to bring the Turkish-Armenian normalization process to a conclusion,” scholar Ruben Safrastian tells “Kapital.” “Especially considering the fact that after the events of August 2008 Turkey began to be effectively driven out of the region. Now is the time for Turkey to make decisions.”