“Aravot” says Armenian law-enforcement authorities are either unable or unwilling to solve the deaths of ten people in the March 2008 street clashes in Yerevan. The paper reports that relatives of the victims plan to rally in the city center on Wednesday to protest against what they see as a botched criminal investigation into the unrest.
Eduard Sharmazanov, the spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Kapital” that the lack of high-profile celebrations on the 20th anniversary of the Armenian Declaration of Independent testified to the underdeveloped character of the country’s “political culture and political system.” “When we realize that you must not destroy your opponent and must instead listen to… and always respect their opinion, when we realize that despite our different views and positions we are all on the same ship, when we realize that you can’t divide people into friends and enemies, we will be able to gather and jointly mark holidays,” he says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that the full content of the latest Russian-Armenian defense agreement is still being “carefully hidden from the public.” The pro-opposition describes as “quite weird” debates over the issue going on in Armenian political circles. “The Republicans, for example, are ecstatic and are privately whispering to each other that in case of a war, Russian will defend Karabakh as well,” it says. “Publicly, they say that the agreement restored the balance of forces in the region. It’s strange, isn’t it? For ten years, those people have said that the Armenian army is the sole guarantor of Karabakh’s security. Now they are bragging that it is the existence of the Russian military base that will deter an Azerbaijani aggression.”
Lragir.am claims that the Armenian diplomacy has so far done nothing to prevent United Nations resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh pushed by Azerbaijan. “Mere hopes that the co-chairs of the Minsk Group will once again not allow the settlement process to be taken out of that international structure’s framework can not be deemed a serious riposte,” says the online publication. It says President Serzh Sarkisian signaled no concrete Armenian actions when he commented on the matter in Stepanakert on Sunday. “If he presumes that during his upcoming visit to Baku Russia’s president will be trying to persuade Azerbaijan’s leadership to withdraw its proposals from the UN General Assembly, then one can only regret the effectiveness of Armenia’s retaliatory steps,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that remarks on the Armenian genocide made by a senior Iranian government official on August 25 had a “bombshell effect” on Turkish-Iranian relations. “An in-depth analysis shows that what happened was not an accident or an arbitrary step by an Iranian official but an adequate reaction of [Iran’s] leadership to geopolitical shifts expected in the region,” claims the paper.