Reacting to the European Union’s statement describing the presidential elections in Nagorno-Karabakh as illegitimate, “Azg” accuses the EU of double standards. “It looks as though there are several types of democracy in the West and all of them must suit their taste,” the paper writes angrily. “All this proves that the NKR authorities are on the right track. Karabakh can not be independent without democratic elections.
According to a leading member of the Dashnaktsutyun party, Armen Rustamian, it is essential that the Karabakh elections be free and fair. Their outcome is less important for Karabakh’s international standing, Rustamian tells “Yerkir.”
In an interview with “Golos Armenii,” a well-known Russian political pundit, Konstantin Zatulin, says the Karabakh conflict will not be resolved any time soon because the parties remain far apart on the main contentious issues. “The main objective of all participants of the negotiations must be maintaining the current status quo,” Zatulin says. Zatulin, who spoke to the newspaper after a visit to Karabakh, also says that Russia should react strongly to more bellicose statements by Azerbaijani leaders.
Energy Minister Armen Movsisian claims, in a “Hayots Ashkhar” interview, that several foreign companies are now taking an interest in purchasing Armenia’s electricity distribution network. He says some of them had considered participating in the previous failed tenders for the power utilities. There are also “new companies.” The minister does not disclose their names, saying only that all bidding documents are now ready. “We expect that the result of the tender for the energy distribution networks will be known by the end of August,” Movsisian says, adding that it would be wrong to impose minimum investment commitments on the bidders. He says other requirements are more important.
Commenting on the energy sector privatization, “Yerkir” suggests that the government has already selected the networks’ new private owner.
“Azg” reports that the OSCE representative in Armenia, Ambassador Roy Reeve, listed on Friday development of free media among Armenia’s chief priorities. The paper agrees with that, pointing to the looming local, presidential and parliamentary elections. Reeve also said that the Armenian military should become “more transparent” for the public.