“Zhamanak” says the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) has succeeded in forming a “new consciousness” in Armenia during its three-year existence. “Gone are the times of false oppositionists and government maneuvers,” writes the pro-HAK paper. “You can’t entertain the public with such tricks anymore. Everything is very clear-cut. There is only one demand and issue in this country and it must be addressed.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the dialogue with President Serzh Sarkisian and the ruling coalition enables the HAK and its leader, Levon Ter-Petrosian, to “win time.” The pro-government paper says Ter-Petrosian and his entourage are able to assure their supporters that the authorities are afraid of the opposition, base their actions on that fear and will cave in if the HAK even slightly steps up the pressure.
Tigran Karapetian, a politician and former television commentator, tells “Hraparak” that his National Front grouping will likely resume rallies in Yerevan next month. “We will rally all sound national forces around us because we don’t want to be alone in shouldering any responsibility,” he says. “We believe that all those that want the Armenian people to live decent lives can join us. Now everyone says that they think about the people, they are national and I don’t know what. But in reality they make money.” Karapetian also says that he is fighting for justice and other “real values.” “We are the only force that hasn’t betrayed its principles,” he claims. “Our behavior has always been the same.”
Lragir.am says that in a “new propaganda attack” Russian leaders are now warning that the war in Nagorno-Karabakh could resume if Armenia and Azerbaijan do not accept President Dmitry Medvedev’s peace proposals. “One gets the impression that Moscow always proposes a document that is unacceptable to one of the conflicting parties,” writes the online journal. “Why does Moscow need war? Russia is inevitably losing the Caucasus, even though Russia holds the key to a Karabakh settlement … Armenia’s entire infrastructure, economy, political system belongs to it and there is a [Russian] military based deployed here.” It claims that Moscow is desperate to have troops in the conflict zone in order “not to lose the Caucasus.”