“Aravot” carries an interview with Evgeni Kirilov, a Bulgarian lawmaker who authored the European Parliament’s resolution on the South Caucasus criticized by Armenia. Kirilov says he “regrets” Armenian allegations that the resolution’s demand for the withdrawal of Armenian forces from occupied Azerbaijani territories resulted from his pro-Azerbaijani bias. He says the resolution was drafted with the help of renowned international experts and overwhelmingly backed by the European Parliament’s foreign relations committee. “There was a broad agreement on the text of the resolution among all political factions,” says Kirilov.
“168 Zham” reports on the poor health condition of Davit Kiramijian, one of the two young opposition activists arrested near Yerevan’s Liberty Square on Monday. “He is in a very bad condition,” Kiramijanian’s mother, Ruth, who visited him in police custody, tells the paper. “There were red swellings all over his head, there were bruises under his eyes, and he had strong back pain. He needs a medical examination and assistance.” She strongly denies police claims Kiramijian committed “hooligan acts” against police.
“For the HAK, the release of the political prisoners is the most important objective,” Arman Grigorian, the opposition alliance’s representative to the Council of Europe, tells “Zhamanak.” “Consistent work is being done in this direction.” Grigorian also says that the success of another HAK aim, leadership change, requires a “maximum mobilization of the people.” “Even the possible maximum mobilization may prove insufficient for the success of regime change,” he cautions. “We must choose the right moment to maximize the likelihood of our success and minimize the risks for the people and the state.”
In Grigorian’s words, the opposition force led by Levon Ter-Petrosian must make sure that the Armenian authorities face “internal and external constraints” against the use of disproportionate force against demonstrators and that a new opposition push for power does not create “external dangers for the country.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” warns that the election of “even ten” HAK representatives to Armenia’s parliament would create a “serious headache” for the authorities. “In these conditions, the issue of raising the political culture and intellectual level of pro-government forces will gain a decisive significance,” says the pro-establishment paper. “This applies to all influential political forces of Armenia, whether they are in the government or opposition camp.” More specifically, it says, they should recruit “intellectuals” and other “new figures” trusted by the society ahead of the 2012 parliamentary elections.