“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that the Armenian parliament did not form an hoc commission to shed light on the dramatic post-election events in the country. “The authorities know very well what happened,” says the opposition. “The people too are well aware of the truth. It is now becoming clear that the real aim of the March 1 commission is to reconcile the parties and close the case.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says that the team of law-enforcement officials investigating the unrest is also unable to clarify the circumstances of the tragedy and determine who is to blame for it. The paper claims that the investigation is used by the authorities as a “tool for political persecutions of opposition politicians and active citizens.” “The investigators’ have one job: to write up incriminating papers that will allow them to keep people in jail,” it says.
“Hraparak” tries to understand the logic behind the authorities’ decisions to release some oppositionists but keep many others under arrest. “Maybe this is a kind up of self-deception aimed at breaking up opposition figures or taking steps intended to soothe international structures and the domestic public,” muses the paper. In any case, it says, the authorities “can not solve any issue by jailing or freeing people.”
“I think that in any case the authorities will have to take certain steps,” Ararat Zurabian, an opposition leader set free on Tuesday, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “No government can constantly resort to repression.” Zurabian hopes that the Armenian authorities will have enough “common sense” to start negotiations with the opposition which he says should center on the holding of fresh national elections.
“Contrary to all kinds of statements, President Serzh Sarkisian’s agenda does not include measures to strengthen the independence of law-enforcement bodies,” writes “Azg.” “And that raises question marks over the development of democracy and the much-trumpeted and anticipated anti-corruption programs.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that with his efforts to create the Armenian National Congress (HAK) Levon Ter-Petrosian is desperate to prevent a disintegration of his opposition alliance formed ahead of last February’s presidential election. The paper claims that the opposition leader now stands “on the brink of collapse” because many opposition forces are refusing to join the HAK. “Although some of them are trying not admit that fact publicly and to content themselves with ambiguous hints, while others are waiting for the congress to ascertain its program and statutes, that can not disguise the essence of the issue,” it says.