“I have never had illusions that [President] Kocharian will opt for the resolution of the [Karabakh] conflict,” political expert Levon Zurabian tells “Hayk.” “I have always said that both Kocharian and [Ilham] Aliev lack the political will, the legitimacy and the strategic vision to resolve the Karabakh conflict.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” parliament deputy Hmayak Hovannisian says war veteran Zhirayr Sefilian’s “undesirable” statements against concessions to Azerbaijan can not be sufficient grounds for accusing him of plotting a coup d’etat. Hovannisian argues that Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian had likewise threatened to “swat” the opposition but never faced prosecution. “Serzh Sarkisian explained that he said that in a figurative sense,” he says.
“According to our information, which needs additional verification, Sefilian has quite closely collaborated with the chairman of the Dashink party, Samvel Babayan, and, what is more, acted under the latter’s ideological leadership lately,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper suggests that the two men may be sharing the view that “political problems can be solved with the help of arms.”
Speaking to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” a pro-government parliament deputy from the Armavir region, Nahapet Gevorgian, categorically denies any connection with Wednesday’s murder of the mayor of a local village. Gevorgian says it is “politically immoral” to suspect him and Armavir’s former governor, Albert Heroyan, of ordering the killing of Roland Mkrtchian. He says the allegations are aimed at scuttling his plans to win reelection from the local constituency.
“These are very dirty games,” continues Gevorgian. “But I don’t take part in dirty games. Why would I do such a thing? Or why would the Republican Party do? I have kids, a house, respect.”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” says that in his last televised interview Kocharian was at pains to assure Armenians that “everything is alright within the government system” and that “he controls all processes.” “But five days after that interview a village mayor is gunned down. In a region that saw a change of governor a few days before and is now run by a policeman,” notes the paper.