Lragir.am says that former President Levon Ter-Petrosian is probably the only Armenian politician whose speeches “provide material for debates and discussions.” “Some people say Ter-Petrosian had already presented all of his approaches [to the Karabakh conflict] 13 years ago and did not say anything new this time,” writes the electronic publication. “He really did not say anything new. But Ter-Petrosian’s approaches publicly presented 13 years ago never became the subject of serious discussions and debates in Armenia’s political and public circles.” There was only an unfair vilification of Ter-Petrosian and supporters of his views, it says.
Armen Badalian tells “Aravot” that this month’s congress of the Armenian Pan-National Movement (HHSh) ended speculation that the opposition party will leave Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK). He says that if the HHSh broke with the opposition alliance the HAK would alienate those Armenians who support it simply because they do not like President Serzh Sarkisian. Badalian also claims that with his speech at the congress, Ter-Petrosian proved to his loyalists that “they chose the right leader, the most intelligent individual with an adequate understanding of reality.”
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” pollster Aharon Adibekian suggests that President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party (HHK) could win as much as 60 percent of the vote in the 2012 parliamentary elections. Adibekian also speculates that the HHK’s main coalition partner, the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), will come in a distant second and that the other major contenders will far much worse.
“Even the Council of Europe’s patience and readiness to turn a blind eye to the situation in our country has a limit,” Arman Grigorian, the HAK’s representative to the Strasbourg-based organization’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.” Grigorian says that is the reason why the PACE’s co-rapporteurs on Armenia, John Prescott and Georges Colombier, have stepped up their criticism of the Yerevan government in recent months. He says they may visit Armenia in October.
“Kapital” reports that Ukraine has complained to the World Trade Organization about the Armenian government’s decision to impose higher excise taxes on imported cigarettes and tobacco. “The dispute’s settlement could take up to two years,” says the business daily. “But if it drags on, Ukraine can demand that Armenia not only eliminate the discriminatory tax rates but also pay a financial compensation.”