"Golos Armenii" in its Thursday edition carries an interview with the
president of Nagorno-Karabakh, Arkadi Ghukasian. Commenting on the
possibility of unification with Armenia, Ghukasian says hat Armenia builds its relations with Nagorno-Karabakh according to its political priorities. Armenia avoids the steps which could be viewed as an
hindrance to the international efforts to find a final political solution for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The fact that Nagorno-Karabakh is an unrecognized republic creates serious obstacles for the enclave's development and the establishment of a stable environment in the region. It is clear that we can't go on like this, Ghukasian says. If Azerbaijan continues its non-constructive policy, then Nagorno-Karabakh may raise the issue of its recognition by Armenia as a first step towards international recognition, he adds. Speaking about the a possible pardon for the former Nagorno-Karabakh Defense minister, Samvel Babayan, who was convicted on charges of organizing an assasination attempt against the Nagorno-Karabakh president, Ghukasian says that he could pardon those who have expressed sorrow for their action.
"Aravot" comments on Vazgen Manukian's statement, that he
supports a step-by-step implementation of a package solution for the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, with the involvement of all states in the
region. The statement shows that Mr. Manukian, whose services to the
country is unquestionable, is not so knowledgeable on this problem,
'Aravot' writes. Otherwise he would have known that to say implementation of a package solution step-by-step, like saying the young curly girl with a straight hair.
"I would state unequivocally that I will support Robert Kocharian in the upcoming elections", Yerevan Mayor Robert Nazarian says in an interview with 'Hayots Ashkhar'. It would be immoral for me to have a different position on this issue. "As far as my relations with the Demirchian family and other leaders of the hard-core opposition are concerned, I think my position should be clear for them also", Nazarian says in his interview.
"Or" daily reports that Official Tehran gave its approval for Iran's participation in the project for the Kajaran tunnel construction project, which would connect Armenia and Iran. The paper quotes the co-chairman of the Iran-Armenia joint commission, Artashes Tumanian. According to Tumanian, it is too early to speak about concrete dates of construction of the tunnel, because active negotiations are still continuing. Experts estimate that the project could cost between $45-75 million. Iran expressed its readiness to finance 80 percent of the project. 'Or' cites experts, who consider the construction of the Kajaran tunnel as very important not only for Armenia and the region but also for Central Asian states, giving them a shorter connection to South Caucasus and Europe.
Commenting on a possible impact of dollar-euro fluctuations on the Armenian currency dram, former Prime Minister Armen Darpinian tells "Hayots Ashkhar" that the decline of the Armenian currency has nothing to do with the international financial markets. Unfortunately, the Armenian economy is not integrated enough with the world Economy, according to Mr. Darpinian.