Lragir.am reports that Hrant Markarian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), urged natives of Nagorno-Karabakh to “return home” in a speech delivered in Stepanakert on Thursday. “Artsakhis can be most useful to Artsakh only in Artsakh itself,” he is quoted as saying. The online journal welcomes the call, saying that it should primarily apply to prominent Yerevan-based Karabakh Armenians such as Robert Kocharian, Arkadi Ghukasian and Samvel Babayan. It says Armenia’s Karabakh-born President Serzh Sarkisian is also unlikely to return to Karabakh after leaving office.
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Kocharian’s spokesman Victor Soghomonian as saying that the former Armenian president’s meeting this week with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin was not the first one since his exit from power. “It’s not that something extraordinary happened,” says Soghomonian. The paper agrees, saying that Kocharian was never supposed to cease to be a “statesman” or to avoid using his connections for “solving issues important for the state.”
“It’s just that not all [former] presidents use their connections to the benefit of the state,” “Hayots Ashkhar” adds in a jibe at Kocharian’s predecessor Levon Ter-Petrosian. The pro-establishment paper also contends that Kocharian coordinates his actions, including a January trip to Iran, with the current Armenian leadership.
“Aravot” reports that Azerbaijan’s parliament has ratified a Turkish-Azerbaijani agreement on strategic partnership that was signed in August. The content of the document was also disclosed this week. “Many analysts are convinced that the main aim of the document is to counterbalance the Yerevan agreement on Russian-Armenian military cooperation,” comments the paper.
Interviewed by “Iravunk,” the secretary of President Serzh Sarkisian’s National Security Council, Artur Baghdasarian, slams homosexuality as something that “doesn’t befit our ethnic identity.” “For people who were the first adopt Christianity, family and traditional family values are paramount,” says Baghdasarian. “Even the developed European countries presenting this issue through he prism of democracy are concerned about same-sex marriages because that creates demographic problems. Not to mention the danger of perversion. After all, every unnatural thing is unacceptable. I am against restrictions on human rights in general, but consider homosexuality in particular to be extremely dangerous for Armenia.”