“Aravot” carries a front-page editorial on a scandalous Youtube video purportedly showing an Armenian army officer hitting and humiliating two soldiers. “Generally speaking, that video reflects the essence of authorities,” writes the paper. “The authorities of not only modern-day Armenia but also all peoples and in all times. Why are people seeking power? Money is a secondary factor here. They just want to find weak people and pull their ears. This pathological desire of some people to establish themselves has different, more or less civilized, manifestations in different places. But the essence is the same.”
“There is no surprise in the Youtube video clip,” human rights activist Mikael Danielian writes in “Hraparak.” “This will happen as long as our authorities violate human rights. Whether or not such things happen in the army is not important. The same things happen in the police and any other security agency. This is a very ordinary picture of our state.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that Azerbaijan withdrew its controversial resolution on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict from the UN General Assembly because it faced an “absolute failure.” The paper says Azerbaijani statements linking the move to the upcoming international fact-finding mission to Armenian-controlled territories around Karabakh is just a “convenient excuse for saving the Azerbaijani authorities’ face.” It says Baku’s attempts to engage other international bodies in the Karabakh peace process have exasperated the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs. The latter realize that a change of the negotiating format would be fraught with “shock developments” in the region, concludes the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Monitoring Committee of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) will discuss the political situation in Armenia at a meeting on October 5. The paper says Arman Grigorian, the representative of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) to the Strasbourg-based assembly, will attend and speak at the meeting. It says Davit Harutiunian, the head of the Armenian parliamentary delegation at the PACE, will brief the committee on the Armenian authorities’ stated compliance with PACE resolutions adopted after the 2008 unrest in Yerevan.
Citing an Iranian newspaper, “Kapital” reports that Armenia and Iran are poised to sign a free trade agreement. The paper says the agreement will likely be signed during Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s visit to Tehran scheduled for next month. It notes that Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki stressed the importance of the deal during a visit to Yerevan earlier this year.