In an interview with the Arminfo news agency reprinted by “Aravot,” Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu defends his government’s linkage between a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the normalization of Turkey’s relations with Armenia. “A mutual link between these two processes is undisputed,” Davutoglu says. Progress on one of these disputes would facilitate the other’s resolution, he says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” believes that Samson Khachatrian, a former boxer and an opposition activist who was released from prison on Tuesday, should have been acquitted by a Yerevan court, instead of being given a suspended prison sentence. But the paper says that in case of his acquittal the authorities would have to punish police officers who testified against Khachatrian. It says these and other policemen “attack women and children like mad animals.”
“Hraparak” comments on human rights ombudsman Karen Andreasian’s recent initiatives pertaining to social security, freedom of assembly and speech, property rights, the due process of law and the fallout from the events of March 2008. “Of course, it is good that the young ombudsman is trying to show his concerns and knowledge in the area of human rights,” editorializes the paper. “One can argue over why [he is doing that] with this list and in this sequence. But at issue is not this but the way in which he is doing that. It is not possible to carry out human rights protection n a semi-scientific, semi-scholarly language of general information and widely known truths.”
“Zhamanak” sees geopolitical implications in a conference on Russian-Armenian interregional cooperation that began its work in Yerevan on Tuesday. “The West criticizes the Armenian authorities for pursuing an inefficient policy of democratic reforms, not solving the March 1 killings, not solving the issues of political prisoners and freedom of speech, limiting freedom of speech and vote rigging,” writes the pro-opposition daily. “In effect, the Armenian authorities respond by saying that it will surrender Armenia to Russia region by region.”
“Yerkir” comments on former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s interview with BBC’s Russian service in which he said that the best chance to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was in 1997. The paper says Ter-Petrosian has clearly not changed views on how to end the Karabakh dispute which cost him the presidency in 1998.