“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says few people believe that the Armenian authorities will meet any of the demands voiced by opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian at his last rally. The paper admits that the authorities are simply unable to satisfy some of them, including an independent inquiry into the March 2008 use of force against the Armenian opposition or the dismissal of several top government officials.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” deputy parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan criticizes Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK) for “talking with ultimatums.” He claims that with his latest actions the HAK is deliberately delaying the release of its members remaining in prison.
Speaking to “168 Zham,” another opposition leader, Raffi Hovannisian, comments ambiguously on chances of his “Zharangutyun (Heritage) party joining the HAK’s renewed rallies in Yerevan. “We need to create a new culture of political cooperation,” he says. “The opposition and the public can do that. Everything is in our hands … Everyone must join everyone, and nobody must expect others to come.”
“Kapital” cites a spokesman for Gazprom as saying that ongoing Russian-Armenian negotiations on the price of Russian natural gas for Armenia have still not yielded a final agreement. “Negotiations between specialists are continuing,” he says. Citing recent statements made by Gazprom Chairman Alexei Miller, the business daily suggests that is not realistic to expect that the Russians will abandon a price rise planned by them.
Ross Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador to Azerbaijan and Turkey, tells “Zhamanak” that he thinks Armenian-Azerbaijani peace negotiations have been deadlocked for the last six or seven years. “Visits by high-ranking officials show that they have to continue the process and achieve success,” Wilson is quoted as saying. The retired diplomat also calls for more active U.S. involvement in the former Soviet Union and the South Caucasus in particular.