In an editorial comment on the continuing hostage crisis in Moscow, “Aravot” says that “fighting international terrorism with terror will not produce results.” “Evil engenders evil, and relatives of the victims will always seek revenge.”
“Atrocities engender atrocities,” writes “Yerkir.” “There are no winners and losers in this vicious circle. There are innocent victims. The Moscow events have once again led everybody to realize that talk of being prepared for terrorist acts has a relative credibility.” Armenians watching the Moscow drama know this all too well. Three years ago a similar hostage-taking raid “nearly destroyed our state.” “Are we now better protected than we were three years ago?” the weekly newspaper asks and answers in the negative.
“Iravunk” writes that quite a few Armenian politicians have drawn personal benefits from the parliament killings. They have not shied away from “exploiting” the issue and “deflecting” the investigation into the parliament massacre. The paper names no names though.
“Hayots Ashkhar” berates the opposition for its assertion that the parliament tragedy is still going on. “No society can remain a hostage for 3 or 13 years; maintain a physical and psychological dependence on one or another terrible disaster and make their life style contingent on its consequences,” the paper says. It says the parliament attack has been heavily exploited by some political circles (presumably in opposition to the current regime).
Agriculture Minister David Zadoyan tells “Orran” that he is offended by the fact that three years after the parliament shootings no court verdict has been handed down yet against Nairi Hunanian and his henchmen. “This fact is a telling proof that something has not yet changed in the country and something is wrong,” he says. “This pain will not leave us until the verdict is delivered.” Deputy Defense Minister Artur Aghabekian stresses that Armenia avoided sliding into chaos despite the initial shock and tension caused by the assassinations.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Levon Ter-Petrosian’s Thursday statement “while not answering any question, will further liven up discussions around Ter-Petrosian’s possible return to politics.” “In any case, that statement demonstrates that the first president is not indifferent to political processes.”
“Yerkir” says the very debate on Ter-Petrosian’s participation in the presidential elections is vital for the survival of political parties supporting the former Armenian president. It allows them to “stay in the game.”