“Zhamanak” says preparations for the next national elections in Armenia have already started. The paper also sees changes within the country’s leadership, saying that President Serzh Sarkisian stood “quite far away” from parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian during Saturday’s commemoration of the Armenian genocide anniversary. It interprets this fact as a further sign that Abrahamian is not trusted by the president anymore.
Zardusht Alizade, an Azerbaijani political analyst, tells “Aravot” that President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to freeze the ratification of the Turkish-Armenian protocols was “an attempt to exert pressure” on Turkey. “But Turkey is a country from which nobody, including the USA, can get anything through pressure,” he says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that Turkey has gained a role in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks as a result of the normalization process with Armenia. “It is Turkey and Russia, rather than Armenia and Azerbaijan, which are negotiating on the Karabakh issue right now,” says the pro-opposition daily. “Turkey’s foreign minister has officially stated that the key theme of the Russian president’s May visit to Turkey will be Karabakh.”
“Now that the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations is officially frozen, we can conclude that [U.S. President Barack] Obama does not care much about the opening of the Turkish-Armenian border,” editorializes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “For if he managed to twice avoid using the word ‘genocide’ without the border’s opening, he will be able to do that for at least two more times … During the campaign for the next presidential election he could woo the Armenian-American community with new promises because for the latter, being duped by presidential candidates has become a habit.”
Deputy parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan is asked by “Hayots Ashkhar” to comment on lawsuits filed against law-enforcement authorities by relatives of Armenians killed in the March 2008 post-election violence in Yerevan. “On the purely emotional plane, I consider acceptable and understandable any step by the parents and loved ones of the victims,” says Nikoyan. “They lost their sons and area ready to do anything to find out the truth.” But Nikoyan, who headed an ad hoc parliamentary commission that investigated the unrest, adds that it remains unclear just why the Special Investigative Service (SIS) has failed to identify and punish the guilty. “We never managed to clarify what exactly those people [from the SIS] can be blamed for,” he says. “Otherwise, we would have loved to mention all that in our report.”