“We are we not only insincere but also extremely contrived and hypocritical,” “Aravot” says in an editorial on the Armenian political scene. “There are some questions which can be answered with ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ For example, was Serzh Sarkisian elected [president] in the 2008 election? Is the government responsible for the March 1 killings? Were the 19 opposition representatives remaining in prison today prosecuted for their political views?” The paper says all major political forces except the Armenian National Congress (HAK) answer such questions evasively.
“Golos Armenii” says that Armenian prosecutors never had any compelling evidence to charge seven opposition figures arrested following the March 1 violence with plotting to “usurp power.” The paper faults them for pressing those charges up until relevant amendments made in Armenia’s Criminal Code in March. “It is time to completely finish the March 1 investigation at a proper legal level and answer all the questions raised by the public,” it says.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” claims that throughout his decade-long rule, former President Robert Kocharian sought to avoid signing any peace accord on Nagorno-Karabakh with constant promises of more concessions to Azerbaijan. The paper says former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian was right to say on Tuesday that Kocharian would never sign the kind of agreements with Turkey that were unveiled by Ankara and Yerevan on August 31. “But that is not a justification,” it says, agreeing with opposition leaders’ view that Kocharian and Oskanian are also responsible for President Serzh Sarkisian’s policies on Turkey and Karabakh.
“The demand for Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation is a proposal of sorts addressed to Serzh Sarkisian himself,” writes “Zhamanak.” “He probably realizes what a difficult situation he has found himself in and may be looking for ways out of that situation.” The paper speculates that there may be a connection between that quest for an exit strategy and protests against the Turkish-Armenian agreements staged by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). “But all that will not help Serzh Sarkisian,” it says. “Nobody will give him any possibilities of retreat anymore. He is obliged to bring the Turkish-Armenian process to a conclusion … That is why the international community put up with his absolute victory in the 2007 parliamentary elections, the 2008 presidential election, and the 2009 mayoral election in Yerevan in the first place.”