(Saturday, September 25)
“We must not work like this with Europeans, they don’t like extremism,” “Hayots Ashkhar” comments on the highly negative Armenian reaction to Council of Europe Secretary General Terry Davis’s report on Nagorno-Karabakh. “We are effectively telling the entire world that Terry Davis and [the PACE’s new Karabakh rapporteur] David Atkinson are not impartial and are even influenced by some lobbying.” This is “an overt challenge” to the Council of Europe, the paper warns.
In a separate commentary, “Hayots Ashkhar” says the Davis report has pro-Armenian statements as well, allowing the Armenian side to use it to its benefit. “This testifies that the document submitted to the Political Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly is just an information for deliberations,” it says. It could have been rendered “much more pro-Armenian” if Armenian diplomats and parliamentarians dealing with the Council of Europe had done their job properly.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” believes that the Davis report was “devastating” for Armenia. “The whole logic of the report is that Armenia has carried out condemnable and illegal actions contradicting numerous international conventions, as a result of which thousands of people have been killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless, Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity has been violated and the Nagorno-Karabakh region has undergone ethnic cleansing.”
According to “Aravot,” Armenians should be worried not about the Davis report but the domestic and foreign policies of their government which the paper says lead to such reports. The paper also believes that the Armenian side should use the few “favorable aspects” of the Davis report.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” sees a dubious “harmony” taking hold in Armenia, listing “a spoiled government, a spoiled opposition, and an equally spoiled society.” “And yet the moral and psychological situation in the country in the run-up the 2003 presidential elections was different,” the paper says. “What happened to us?” It goes on to quote psychologist Karine Nalchajian as saying that Armenian society is now in “psychological regression.” “This is a situation where the individual foregoes sublime values and thereby falls to a lower level for the sake of their parochial, social day-to-day interests,” she says. Nalchajian says holding free elections or winning Olympic medals is all but impossible in these circumstances. She says this phenomenon is rooted in public disenchantment with both the government and the opposition. “The obviously weak opposition today creates a fertile ground for unlimited government lawlessness.”