In an interview with “168 Zham,” Aleksan Hakobian, the former governor of the Lachin district connecting Armenia to Nagorno-Karabakh, says the OSCE mission to Armenian-controlled territories around Nagorno-Karabakh should also look into the socioeconomic needs of Armenians living there. “If the [OSCE] group does that, we will say that they are honest people,” he says. “If it doesn’t, we will say they are dishonest.” Hakobian also complains that authorities in Karabakh “drastically changed” their policy of settling Armenian refugees from Azerbaijan in those lands in 2003. “That was unacceptable,” he says.
Speaking to “Aravot,” Mesrop Movsesian, the owner of the A1+ TV station, shrugs off government arguments that his company has continued to operate after losing its broadcasting license in 2002 and therefore does not necessarily need to resume broadcasts. Movsesian argues that Internet broadcasting which A1+ launched last month can not be a substitute for regular broadcasts. He also says that the company is “very seriously and actively preparing” for the upcoming tenders for new broadcasting frequencies to be administered by the National Commission on Television and Radio.
“Hetq” believes that tensions and wrangling within Armenia’s governing coalition will continue until former President Robert Kocharian decides whether he will return to active politics or “only implement large business projects.” “If Kocharian decides to return, he will do that by means of the BHK (Prosperous Armenia Party) and Dashnaktsutyun,” writes the weekly. “A number of small parties might join them in the process. Some people are known to be planning to set up such a force. They are waiting for Kocharian’s order.”