In an interview with “Aravot,” Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian maintains that international structures have not described as politically motivated criminal cases brought against Armenian opposition figures after the February 2008 presidential election. “There may been such evaluations by some individuals,” Hovsepian says, adding that all arrested oppositionists were prosecuted in accordance with Armenian law.
Gagik Melikian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party (HHK), tells “Iravunk” that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) has hardly accomplished anything “serious” since leaving the governing coalition in April last year. Pointing to the weak attendance at the Dashnaktsutyun rally held in Ashtarak this week, Melikian says the party can not make a strong showing in the next parliamentary elections. “I think Dashnaktsutyun has realized that it has no votes at all in the Aragatsotn province,” he says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Armen Martirosian, a senior member of the opposition Zharangutyun Party, as saying that it could make a “cooperation offer” to Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK). Martirosian again does not rule out the possibility of an electoral alliance between the two opposition forces. But, he stresses, that could only be an alliance of equals.
Aram Safarian, a senior parliamentarian representing the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), assures “168 Zham” that there is no reason to be worried about the upcoming international fact-finding mission to Armenian-controlled territories around Nagorno-Karabakh. “They will come and see that those lands are not populated, that their historical role has been and remains one of a security zone that guarantees Nagorno-Karabakh’s security,” says Safarian. He adds that Armenia’s failure to resettle a large number of Armenians in those lands is “neither good, nor bad.”