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“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims the hurry with which the October 27 Armenian-Azerbaijani summit has been organized does not promise “anything good”.

“The thing is that only a week ago Sarkisian did not know that the boss [Dmitry Medvedev] would unexpectedly invite them [him and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev] to the ‘weightlifting platform’. And such a hurry, as a rule, does not promise anything good. Another declaration or a roadmap may be unexpectedly put in front of them [the leaders of Armenia and Azerbaijan],” the paper writes, adding that the results of the meeting would be known soon as one of the sides is certain to “organize a leak”.

“Zhamanak” focuses on another aspect of the events in Astrakhan hosting the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit – the unveiling, in the Russian city, of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s father Heydar Aliyev [held as national hero in Azerbaijan]. The paper claims it is a diplomatic slap against Armenia, just as the invitation to come to Russia on October 27, a day when Armenia marks the anniversary of the 1999 parliament attack.

“Now, in addition to organizing the meeting on such a tragic day [for Armenia], Russia, in fact, has timed the meeting to the unveiling of Heydar Aliyev’s statue, which is, no doubt, another diplomatic slap against Armenia. In these conditions Serzh Sarkisian agrees to go to Astrakhan on October 27… and meet with [Dmitry] Medvedev and Aliyev. There is no need for any comment here, since, as you see, national dignity is not native to the leadership of Armenia,” the paper comments tartly.

“Aravot” calls for three steps that it says Armenian authorities must take to redress the country’s situation domestically and in the international arena, namely “to release political prisoners, bring A1+ back to TV air and allow opposition rallies in Liberty Square.”

“The thing is that the situation is dangerous not only for the country but for them, the authorities. I understand why they do not realize that. It seems to them that they are strong, firm and can’t be toppled and the three aforementioned steps would, to a certain degree, undermine their positions... But this is an illusion that the previous authorities also had when they banned Dashnaktsutyun and closed their newspapers. That did not consolidate their positions and did not eventually prevent the change of power,” the paper’s editor writes.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments on the latest proposal to increase Armenia’s commodity turnover with Iran to $1 billion.

It writes: “We have nothing to offer to Iran except our sheep and for Iran, which has a population of about 70 million, we are a good market... In 2009, an Armenian on the average consumed 67 dollars’ worth of Iranian goods, and an Iranian consumed 27 cents’ worth of Armenian goods during the same year. Now there is a proposal to increase the commodity turnover six times. At what expense?”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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