“168 Zham” comments on an emergency session of Armenia’s parliament that will be held on Wednesday in connection with the scandal sparked by the release from prison of Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov. The paper says political forces represented in the National Assembly will use it to make “grandiose statements” meant to prove their patriotic credentials. “It would be much better if the National Assembly met behind the closed doors so that representatives of political forces … propose concrete ways out of the existing situation in relation to foreign policy developments and the Karabakh issue in particular,” it says.
Artak Davtian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that he is against halting further peace talks with Azerbaijan and reconsidering ties with NATO and the European Union. “I think that we would not solve any issue in that way,” says Davtian. “Our dignity has been trampled on. But it’s not only our problem. Every conscious person able to analyze and evaluate facts must feel offended.”
“For several consecutive days we have been unable to overcome the shock caused by the Azerbaijani murderer Ramil Safarov’s extradition to Azerbaijan,” writes “Zhoghovurd.” “Let us leave aside the ethical and emotional aspects of the matter and try to understand political motives and consequences of that deal. It is evident that all big powers were at least informed about Safarov’s extradition [beforehand] but stayed silent.” The paper says this is an opportunity for Armenia to publicly criticize Russia and tell President Vladimir Putin that “Armenia will not join his projects if he sides with Azerbaijan at fateful moments.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” quotes Naira Zohrabian, a leading member of the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), as predicting possible “unpredictable developments” and “political surprises” in the run-up to the February 2013 presidential election. “I do realize that the number one unanswered question ahead of the presidential elections is Prosperous Armenia’s decision but our answer remains the same at the moment,” Zohrabian says, again declining to reveal whom the party will support in the ballot.
“We should moderately cooperate with both Russia and the West,” Aram Sarkisian, the leader of the opposition Hanrapetutyun (Republic) party, tells “Zhamanak.” “We must see our interests.” Sarkisian also says that his party will actively participate in the presidential ballot. “I will do everything to bring about change in Armenia,” he says.