Opposition politician Aram Manukian tells “Hayk” that the main purpose of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Armenia was to accelerate a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He says that shows opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian was right to claim that President Serzh Sarkisian will soon be forced to sign up to an unpopular Karabakh peace accord. But unlike Ter-Petrosian, Manukian sees a greater understanding between Russia and the West on how and when to settle the conflict. “All parties have agreed to accelerate the process,” he says.
“Hraparak” comments on Medvedev’s calls for a “meeting of the three presidents” in Russia. “In this case, Russia is taking on the role of a sole mediator,” says the paper. “If Medvedev manages to keep ball possession, he will preside over the signing of the framework agreement to settle the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” it adds.
“It is obvious that the main purpose of President Medvedev’s visit was to make the statement about a meeting of the three presidents,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper believes that such a meeting would automatically block any Turkish involvement in the Karabakh peace process.
“Aravot” asks human rights ombudsman Armen Harutiunian to comment on the reported ban on the public screening in Armenia of two documentaries produced by filmmakers critical of the government. “This means that we have not yet ridded ourselves of many authoritarian elements of the Soviet Union,” he says. “For censorship is the manifestation of authoritarian rule.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that the Armenian parliamentary commission investigating the March 1 clashes in Yerevan has “failed” not because of lacking public trust but because of its “absolute redundancy.” “The commission does not interest anyone because the society knows very well what happened on March 1, who ordered it and so on,” says the paper. “The society is only concerned with one thing: that the guilty be punished. And since the commission is unable and unwilling to solve this issue there is zero public interest in its work.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Vahan Hovannisian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), as accusing the opposition of “splitting the nation.” That, he says, is fraught with “the loss of our country’s independence.”