“Golos Armenii” writes with dismay that the co-chairs of the OSCE’s Minsk Group recognize Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The paper points to an interview which the group’s U.S. co-chair, Steven Mann, gave to a Russian news agency this week. Mann said that none of the mediators considers the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic an independent state. He also said that the mediators are beginning to “better understand” Azerbaijan’s position on the conflict.
“I have returned from Karabakh quite delighted and buoyed,” Vazgen Manukian, the leader of the opposition National Democratic Union (AZhM), tells “Aravot.” “I saw that people there are very calm,” he says, adding that for them a return under Azerbaijani rule is unthinkable. “In Armenia, the dominant preoccupation is prosperity, while in Karabakh they see prospects along with that prosperity.”
Deputy parliament speaker Tigran Torosian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that he and other leaders of the governing three-party coalition presented President Robert Kocharian with “new approaches” to constitutional reform in Armenia during their meeting on Friday. Torosian says one of them concerns the issue of dual citizenship. He believes that Diaspora Armenians obtaining Armenian passports must not be “automatically” given the right to elected and be elected.
“Aravot” questions the endorsement of U.S. Democratic Party nominee John Kerry by some Armenian-American organizations. The paper says they did so simply because they don’t like President George W. Bush. It says the people of Armenia similarly vote not so much for opposition presidential candidates as against incumbents. This is what happened during the 1996 and 2003 Armenian presidential elections, according to “Aravot.”
“Iravunk” writes that political life in Armenia may have come to a standstill, but political processes are going on. Especially inside the government camp. “Inner-government intrigues are taking place endlessly,” the paper says. “That is logical because when the opposition is not active, it is the bearers of inner-government personal and group interests that turn active.” For it is no longer imperative for the ruling regime to stand united against the opposition. The paper claims that even Kocharian’s inner circle is not immune to bickering.