“Aravot” views the decision by the UN General Committee to recommend a General Assembly debate on occupied Azerbaijani territories as a setback for Armenia. “Azerbaijan is very consistent in its policy on Nagorno-Karabakh,” it says. The paper believes that the General Assembly will discuss the issue and adopt “yet another document unfavorable for the Armenian side.”
“That the very fact of a discussion of such an issue means defeat for Armenia and Armenian policy is beyond doubt,” agrees “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Not to mention [possible] adoption of a resolution on the occupied territories.”
But as political expert Suren Zolian tells “Hayots Ashkhar,” the General Assembly is a less influential body than the UN Security Council that had passed four resolutions on Karabakh which are also seen as anti-Armenian. Zolian argues that even those binding resolutions have had no practical consequences for the Armenian side. “Accordingly, I believe that this initiative is needed by Azerbaijan for propaganda purposes,” he says, adding that the Azerbaijanis would use a possible General Assembly resolution to make their case at various European structures.
“The [political] atmosphere is increasingly resembling the atmosphere that exists in the run-up to elections, even though there are still no signs that Robert Kocharian could resign or dissolve parliament,” writes “Iravunk.” “Both the political establishment and the politicized section of the general public seem to live in anticipation of revolutionary events.”
“Iravunk” also says that of all the coalition parties the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) is in the most difficult position. The party begins a conference on Friday that will proceed behind the closed doors. The paper says the Dashnaktsutyun leaders are undecided about what to do next and predicts heated debates on the party line. One of them, Vahan Hovannisian, denies that the conference is a “secret” one. Journalists, he says, will not be allowed to cover it simply because “they have nothing to do there.” “It’s not your business to know who votes for what in Dashnaktsutyun,” he says.
The Dashnaktsutyun newspaper “Yerkir” says the conference will provide “answers to all questions.” The leaders of the party’s parliament faction, Levon Mkrtchian, is quoted saying that it will discuss the track record of the coalition government in which Dashnaktsutyun is represented. He says the conference will also discuss problems with democracy, corruption and “other negative phenomena” existing in Armenia.
“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” reports on another political gathering held by opposition leader Artashes Geghamian on Thursday. The paper says leaders of Geghamian’s National Unity Party (AMK) attacked not only the government but also their supposed ally, the Artarutyun bloc.