“Haykakan Zhamanak” speculates that the expansion of the format of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks is just an “imitation” of more active peace efforts on the part of the mediators. They thereby want to free the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents of “direct responsibility” for the outcome of the peace talks. “They are creating an artificial body to which the presidents will periodically make references.”
“The two dozen meetings between Presidents Kocharian and Aliev have not made visible progress,” writes “Azg.” “The continuation of negotiations on the presidential level without concrete results would probably devaluate the peace process. Both Araz Azimov and Tatul Markarian have never dealt in earnest with the process of the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict.” The OSCE Minsk Group wants to create an “illusion” that it is doing something to achieve peace.
“Iravunk” claims that Robert Kocharian is “experiencing an acute lack of support bases,” which is why his longtime ally Paruyr Hayrikian has decided to return to active politics. The paper speculates that Kocharian may dissolve the parliament next May to make sure that parliamentary elections take place before presidential elections. In that case, it argues, many parties would pledge their loyalty to the president in order to ensure their election to the parliament.
“Golos Armenii” remains alarmed at the political comeback of parties supporting former president Levon Ter-Petrosian. The Russian-language paper says they no longer fear prosecution for their past deeds. It also claims that the former ruling HHSh will support People’s Party leader Stepan Demirchian’s candidacy in the presidential elections.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the first-ever election of the rector of Yerevan State University was deeply flawed. It slams rector Radik Martirosian for barring correspondents for critical publications from attending his press conference on Monday.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” is even more critical of Martirosian. “Radik Martirosovich Martirosian is now the self-proclaimed, illegitimate rector of YSU. He seized that post in blatant violation of the legislation of the Republic of Armenia.” The paper says that instead of answering questions about the way he was elected, the rector on Monday blasted the country’s former authorities. It reminds readers of the fact that Martirosian was in the electoral list of Ter-Petrosian’s Republic bloc in the 1995 elections.