“Hayots Ashkhar” editorializes that Armenia’s Armed Forces, which celebrated on Friday the 13th anniversary of their official establishment, are the main guarantors of lasting peace and a pro-Armenian solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “Under any circumstances, Armenia can hold out and ensure Artsakh’s security, if it has a strong army able to resist new Azerbaijani inroads during the transition period fraught with dangers,” it writes.
“Sadly, the army is the most established value in our country,” writes “Ayb-Fe.” “We have failed to create other real values.”
“We must move on,” comments “Aravot.” “We must not content ourselves with what we have and treat problems facing our army as an objective and inevitable reality. We can ensure that the army is perceived as a setting for the realization of a person’s patriotic feelings.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the Armenian Ministry of Justice will register next week a new organization uniting veterans of the Karabakh war that will serve as an “alternative” to the Yerkrapah Union. The paper says the new group will be led by members of a dissident Yerkrapah faction which is unhappy with the pro-government stance of the current Yerkrapah leadership. They say the new organization will stay away from politics.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says British MP David Atkinson dealt a “second powerful blow” to the Armenian side when he was quoted as saying on Thursday that the Karabakh Armenians have no right to self-determination. The paper says Atkinson’s statements and Karabakh-related remarks by the outgoing U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Elizabeth Jones are part of “the same chain.” It says they reflect the international community’s opinion on the Karabakh dispute. The paper adds that talks between the U.S. and Russian presidents scheduled for next month will therefore have a “huge significance” for the Karabakh peace process. “The USA will try to accelerate the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh problem and make its position acceptable to Russia.”
“Iravunk” analyzes the “crushing defeat” which it says Armenian diplomacy suffered in Strasbourg this week. “Even the state propaganda machine can not find any major good thing [about the PACE resolution] that could be presented to the Armenian public,” says the paper. But it says this does not mean that conditions are ripe for regime change in Yerevan, pointing to disagreements among Armenian opposition leaders and the absence of a clear-cut opposition plan of action.
“Yerkir” blames the PACE fiasco on alleged Turkish gerrymandering in Strasbourg. “They want to convince us that Turkey now wants to embrace European values and that its rapid accession to the European Union is in our interests because in that case we will have a border with civilized Europe,” says the Dashnaktsutyun weekly. “The Turks themselves showed how dangerous such assertions are.”