“Iravunk” says that the most recent international plan to end the Nagorno-Karabakh is “not particularly pro-Armenian” and is “almost equivalent” to the one put forward by the American, French and Russian mediators in 1997. The paper claims that Russia blocked the 1997 plan from behind the scenes and will likely do so again. It says that Armenia’s leadership is also opposed to the peace formula proposed by the OSCE Minsk Group.
“Haykakan Zhamanak,” meanwhile, speculates that “Russia is reconsidering its policy of blind support for the acting Armenian authorities” because of Levon Ter-Petrosian’s political comeback. “In essence, no matter how much the Kocharian-Sarkisian duo brags about the development of Russian-Armenian relations in the last ten years, it is obvious that the content of those relations has not been enriched during their rule,” says the pro-Ter-Petrosian paper. “Quite the opposite. The existing content has degenerated and been turned into an object of haggling.” It says the Kremlin no longer regards regime change in Yerevan “risky.”
“Aravot” prints a letter from one of its readers who says that Ter-Petrosian has failed to properly address allegations that he rigged the 1996 presidential election. The reader recalls the broken fences of the parliament compound in Yerevan, parliament leaders beaten up by the opposition mob and tanks ordered to the streets of the capital. “Levon Ter-Petrosian must either be held accountable as someone who illegally usurped power or Vazgen Manukian [must be brought to account] as an organizer of unconstitutional actions,” he writes.
“Iskakan Iravunk” tries to explain why diverse opposition groups with conflicting views on domestic and foreign policy have grouped around Ter-Petrosian. The paper says the only thing that unites them is hatred of the country’s present leadership. “That is, they have nothing in common apart from a desire to take power,” it says.
Sociologist Hranush Kharatian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the main task of Armenia’s next president must be to “avert a demographic disaster” and organize a repatriation of Armenians into their homeland.