(Saturday, May 29)
“168 Zham” speculates that Armenia’s leadership is being split into rival factions loyal to President Serzh Sarkisian and his predecessor Robert Kocharian. “Naturally, that division primarily applies to the Republican Party (HHK) and the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK),” writes the paper. “The latter was and is considered Robert Kocharian’s power base.” The paper says both factions are now “clarifying” the circle of their loyalists in various echelons of power. In particular, it says, they are now trying to recruit pro-establishment parliamentarians that are not affiliated with any party.
“Aravot” lists and discusses “political legends” accepted by many Armenians. “The legend number one: We used to live in a country where everything prospered and thrived, everybody was happy and satisfied, and all of a sudden external dark forces, Gorbachev and the HHSh decided to break up that nice country; the authorities started not thinking about the people and made Armenians poor and emigration-prone. The second, official legend: the Soviet Union collapse and inept and cosmopolitan adventurers came to power, organized the ‘cold and dark years’ and constantly sold out Karabakh; and when they decided to sell it out finally, the people rose up and drove them out, bring national and patriotic forces to power. The legend number three: the Soviet Union broke up and real patriots of the nation and angels came to power, liberating Karabakh and creating an [independent] state.”
“Of course, in the case of not only our people but any other people, simplistic or, more precisely, meanly simplified formulas are more understandable and easy-to-accept than analyses requiring mental efforts,” comments “Aravot.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that both Armenia and Azerbaijan are “preparing for war.” “Incidentally, the so-called international community too is preparing us for that war and even accelerating the process,” alleges the opposition paper. It says all international organizations are demanding “unilateral” Armenian concessions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict while realizing that Armenia will never agree to that. “That is, the international community is adopting documents that further complicate the negotiating process. And the alternative to negotiations is war,” it says.
Lragir.am reports that two pro-Armenian U.S. congressmen have sent a letter to Karabakh President Bako Sahakian congratulating him on the conduct of the May 23 parliamentary elections in Karabakh. They described the vote as democratic, says the online journal.