“The authorities seem to be seeking to prove to the entire world that Nikol Pashinian is a political prisoner, and it must be said that they are largely succeeding in that endeavor,” “Aravot” writes with sarcasm. The paper says the fate of more than a dozen other “political prisoners” must also not be overlooked by the domestic public and the international community. It also stresses the importance of judicial independence in the country. “Judicial independence is also needed for the next generations so that they can figure out which behavior is commendable and which one condemnable,” adds the paper.
“168 Zham” reports that a group of Armenian writers, actors, and other artists have joined newspaper editors in demanding that the authorities ensure Pashinian’s security in the Kosh prison. It says they will gather in a central Yerevan park on Wednesday to adopt a statement in support of the jailed oppositionist.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” is scathing about President Serzh Sarkisian’s decision to boycott the NATO summit in Lisbon. The opposition daily suggests tartly that the authorities tell Armenians in and outside the country that “NATO is a corrupt structure fed by Azerbaijani petrodollars.” “Rest assured that the national political thought will now work in that direction,” it says. “Why? Because that’s the easiest thing to do. Generally speaking, fighting against the entire world and uncovering a permanent global conspiracy against the Armenian people is a safe job. Safer than looking for causes inside Armenia.”
“Hayots Ashkhar,” by contrast, welcomes Sarkisian’s “principled” decision and says it influenced “the results of discussions at the NATO summit on issues directly pertaining to our interests.” The paper points to a statement made by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at a news conference in Lisbon. “I don’t think that NATO could play a role in the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” he said. The paper also argues that as well as upholding Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, the declaration adopted at the summit calls for a peaceful Karabakh settlement. “At the same time, it is also important that the parties are urged to respect the existing negotiating formats. It can be said that this is an appeal directed at Azerbaijan because it is the Azerbaijani side that is seeking to revise the existing negotiating format,” concludes the paper.
“Kapital” reports that the Armenian government has decided to try to “save” Armenia’s largest chemical enterprise, Nairit, from collapse. The paper says the government will try to secure between $150 million and $300 million in loans for Nairit from the Russian-led Eurasian Economic Community.