“Zhamanak” reports that the International Criminal Court in the Hague has formally registered an Armenian opposition lawsuit against former President Robert Kocharian over his handling of the 2008 post-election crisis in Armenia. The pro-opposition paper says the surprise news could have a “considerable impact” on political events in the country. “In essence, the decision by the Hague court is beneficial for both the opposition and the authorities because it’s a step allowing Serzh Sarkisian to move further away from Robert Kocharian’s shadow,” it says. It also claims that the West is eager to prevent Kocharian’s return to politics.
Lragir.am says that when it comes to the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process both the authorities and the opposition spread “either panic, or complacency.” “The authorities say, ‘Don’t worry, everything is going according to our plan,’ while opposition forces say that everything is about to collapse,” says the online publication. It says the opposition should have been “more honest” on Karabakh than the authorities. “One should probably explain to the society that the Karabakh issue is not one of wholesale or retail trade on the international political agenda whereby we will be forced to surrender something at the lowest possible price while we should try to give it away at the highest possible price.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that Azerbaijan’s government has still not officially reacted to the joint statement on Karabakh released by the U.S., Russian and French presidents in Canada. “Which is quite telling in itself,” says the paper. “It is possible that the Canada statement will meet the same fate that the Saint Petersburg proposals did. That is, when the mediators or one of them, as was the case with [Dmitry] Medvedev, try to impart some certainty to one or another principle, that is followed by a new provocation by [Ilham] Aliyev in the form of a threat of the use of force or the actual use of force.”
“No matter how much our government praises that 8.8 percent economic growth, it is obvious that it is based on two external factors,” Artsvik Minasian, a parliament deputy from the opposition Armenian Revolutionary Federation, tells “Kapital.” “The first one is the mining industry. When we export raw materials and their prices go up in the international market, that leads to growth in this sector, which is not a sign of a healthy and efficient economy. The second growth factor is a pickup of the world economy, which has somewhat contributed to a rise in cash remittances.”