“Zhamanak” comments that the only obvious result of the Sochi meeting between the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan is the agreement to “stop the information war.”
“Azg” stresses Heydar Aliev’s remark that “Nobody in Azerbaijan except me is informed about the subject of the negotiations.” Any other Azerbaijani statement on Karabakh is just a speculation, Aliev said.
“Azg” present the list of the most influential politicians in Armenia based on the results of an expert poll it conducted last month jointly with the Russian analytical center Panorama. President Kocharian and Defense Minister Sarkisian are still perceived to wield the greatest influence on political processes in the country. Prime Minister Markarian has emerged as a distant third in the rankings. His influence has grown considerably since the previous poll conducted in March. Markarian is followed by Vartan Oskanian, Artashes Geghamian and Stepan Demirchian.
Interviewed by “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Dziunik Aghajanian praises Armenian parliamentary parties for formulating a common position on the Turkish-Armenian reconciliation commission. But she says she is concerned that the public is becoming divided on the issue. “Such dialogues and discussions can never distract the Armenian authorities from including the genocide recognition in their foreign policy and from its consistent pursuit,” she says. The official reiterates that the private initiative can not substitute for an “inter-state dialogue” between the two nations.
“Iravunk” reports on growing rumors about a good rapport between premier Markarian and Serzh Sarkisian. If this is the case, Markarian will be able to fend off the danger of being made a political scapegoat. The paper also predicts changes in the government and the parliament leadership this fall. As for the opposition, it is still unable to form an alliance.
According to a member of the parliament from the People’s Party (HZhK), political developments in the country are exclusively shaped by two individuals, the president and the defense minister. “Without their go-ahead no steps are taken in the economy and the political arena,” Manuk Gasparian tells “Iravunk.” He says political forces supporting and opposing the two men are now bracing for a “fierce clash” that will take place later this year.