“Hayots Ashkhar” comments on Azerbaijani reports that the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey could meet again on the sidelines of an OSCE ministerial meeting in Helsinki, Finland scheduled for December 4-5. The reports came as Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian denied any connection between the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and the Turkish-Armenian dialogue. “We think that [Nalbandian’s denials] is not enough because neither Turkey, nor Azerbaijan deny the existence of such a link,” says the paper.
“Azg” says that Armenia itself paved the way for increased Turkish influence in the region by inviting President Abdullah Gul to Yerevan. The paper says the Armenian initiative was “trampled” by Ankara’s calls for the creation of “stability and cooperation platform” in the Caucasus.
“[The use of lethal force on] March 1 was the only way in which Robert Kocharian and Serzh Sarkisian could stay in power because they had no resources to stop the movement launched by Levon Ter-Petrosian,” writes Lragir.am. “That became obvious to them on February 26 when people forcibly brought to Serzh Sarkisian’s rally moved to Liberty Square in a matter of minutes. They were left to suppress the peaceful protest by force. The authority won on March 1. The authority won its existence on March 1.”
“Everything is very clear about the events of that day,” says “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “The guilty persons are Robert Kocharian, senior security officials who executed that criminal order, Serzh Sarkisian. But there are also latent or hidden guilty figures and it is probably the time to talk about them.” The opposition paper points the finger at pro-government politicians and TV stations which it says helped to rig the February 19 presidential election with their harsh anti-opposition rhetoric. “They for months did everything to distort the electoral process, thereby preparing ground for February 19,” it says. “As a result, the elections were rigged, the people had to take to the streets, and March 1 occurred.”
“Hraparak” claims that Armenia’s National Security Service (NSS) is wiretapping phone conversations of citizens on an unprecedented scale. The paper says any conversation featuring phrases like Robert Kocharian, Serzh Sarkisian, Levon Ter-Petrosian, March 1 and revolution gets automatically recorded. “This means huge sums have been allocated for purchasing devices, transcribing conversations and maintaining a big staff,” it says. “Until this year Armenian secret surveillance groups were busy only monitoring Azerbaijani and Turkish army calls,” it adds, concluding that the authorities are now more scared of the domestic opposition than Armenia’s foes.