“What did we get from the declaration of independence in 1990? Did independence really penetrate our hearts and souls? Do we really place it above all?” “Azg” answers these questions in the negative in its commentaries on the 16th anniversary of the declaration of independence in Armenia. The paper gives explanations to its statement: “It is because corrupt officials have made people feel disappointed with their country, homeland and state.” But the paper adds: “We should not turn away from our state and homeland because of the actions of these officials and law-enforcement bodies.”
“Yerevan Zhamanak” also states that 16 years after its declaration independence has not become the supreme value of every citizen. “In today’s Armenia a citizen is more shackled and less free than he was during the totalitarian Soviet years. There is no point in talking about the quality of life in a country where a majority of people living in a state of misery are hostage to the semi-criminalized authorities and all-mighty oligarchs,” the paper writes.
Viewing the independence anniversary from the Karabakh settlement perspective “Hayots Ashkhar” writes: “If Azerbaijan persists with its demands to the United Nations regarding the restoration of its territorial integrity, then Armenia, basing on the August 23, 1990 Declaration of Independence as an act about the joint independence of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh from the Soviet Union and in conformity to the USSR law, and on the legal act of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region’s quitting Azerbaijan – the Declaration of September 2, 1991, can oppose any U.N. attempt to use it as its diplomatic instrument.”
Describing the discovery of a town built by the Armenian king Tigran the Great in the vicinity of Aghdam as a subject for purely scientific interest, “Haykakan Zhamanak” editorializes: “Many in Armenia think that the problem is to explain to the world that Karabakh or liberated territories were populated by Armenians. Perhaps many people in the world understand this, but it cannot become an argument in the Karabakh settlement, just like the Sevre treaty that we all like so much cannot have consequences today.” The paper concludes that the issue is not a historical one, but political and geographical and should be solved in accordance with the rules of today’s world order.
In a “Hayots Ashkhar” interview parliamentary external relations commission chairman Armen Rustamian gives an evaluation to the current developments in the country’s political field: “The result of different parties’ becoming bigger and the emergence of new parties is that some free space has emerged in the political field, which different organizations try to fill. Unfortunately, it is traditions, ideology, and this is the result of the passivity shown by the traditionalist parties over recent years.”
Former parliament speaker Ara Sahakian outlines his vision of the alterations in the opposition camp on the pages of “Aravot”. “As an observer I can say that it is not ideologically close forces that try to get together, but rather persons compatible with each other due to their human and psychological similarities. It is another proof that these emerging ‘democratic centers’ are not so much political, but are aimed against the ruling regime. The aim of all of them is to change the situation in Armenia,” the ex-speaker emphasizes.