(Saturday, May 9)
“Zhamanak” says that opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian seems to be becoming an advocate of Armenia’s government as it comments on his latest article in which he argued against a unilateral Armenian recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence.“This raises the question of whether official Yerevan may soon give Ter-Petrosian some official role regarding the Karabakh issue,” writes the paper. “It would thereby avoid any de jure involvement in the negotiation process [with Azerbaijan,] while remaining involved in it de facto.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” asks First Deputy Defense Minister Davit Tonoyan to comment on the possibility of another Azerbaijani military offensive in Karabakh. “I can only confirm that Nagorno-Karabakh’s Defense Army is prepared for any developments at any moment,” Tonoyan tells the paper. He says that the Azerbaijani army has switched to a defensive posture after the recent hostilities.
“Zhoghovurd” comments on the 24th anniversary of the capture by Karabakh Armenian forces of the Karabakh town of Shushi, which will be officially marked on May 9. “Azerbaijan has always organized armed provocations on the border on this day,” says the paper. “So there are serious fears that the enemy will try to somehow spoil the celebrations this year as well. The international community has been trying to prevent a resumption of hostilities. It’s hard to tell how Azerbaijan will act. The existing situation is a sort of test of the international community’s influence on Azerbaijan’s authorities.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” quotes Radik Martirosian, the president of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, as saying that a “wretched” country like Armenia cannot manufacture and sell major weapons because world powers would not allow it to enter the lucrative arms market. “Well, if the chairman of the National Academy of Sciences describes his country as ‘wretched,’ Armenia will hardly be able to manufacture tanks, missiles, military aircraft, nuclear warheads and things like that,” the writes paper comments. “But it can produce some weapons. For example, unmanned aerial vehicles, including attack drones, or automatic weapons. So Armenia can become less ‘wretched.’”
“Radik Martirosian is a carrier of typical Soviet mentality and one should not castigate or insult him,” editorializes “Aravot.” “One should demand instead an honorable retirement for him.” The paper believes that Martirosian should be replaced by a representative of “the new generation” who realizes the importance of the National Academy of Sciences.