“One is thing is evident: global events have begun developing under fairly dynamic and unpredictable scenarios, with delicate political techniques being put into practice along with traditional public policy,” “Zhamanak” writes, commenting on the publication of confidential U.S. State Department cables by WikiLeaks. Turning to the revelation that the U.S. accused Armenia in 2008 of transferring weapons to Iran, the opposition paper says it shows that Armenia’s ruling regime is “muddled not only in international diplomatic traps but also in a web of international crimes.”
“Some do not exclude that such a leak could have occurred only with the American authorities’ knowledge,” writes “168 Zham.” “Whatever the truth, after November 28, the world will live under totally different rules of the game, in an atmosphere of almost utter distrust in inter-state relationships. And the impact of the WikiLeaks publications on Armenia could be felt already in the coming days, at the OSCE summit to be held in Astana.”
“Aravot” reports that the European People’s Party (EPP) has refused to admit Armenia’s three governing parties into its ranks. Citing an unnamed source, the paper says the EPP leader Wilfred Martens has explained the refusal in a letter to Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian. “One has to be a Christian Democrat in order to join the EPP,” he wrote, according to the paper. “Mr. President, you are a Christian but not a democrat.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” Alvard Petrosian, a writer and parliament deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), explains her refusal to join a group of Armenian artists and other intellectuals in demanding the release of opposition leader and newspaper editor Nikol Pashinian. “I am not happy with Nikol Pashinian’s being in prison,” says Petrosian. But she says she did not sign a relevant petition because she is “not one of those who do things by shouting.” “I want Pashinian to get out of jail because I don’t want my country to be tarnished because of him,” she adds.