“Aravot” says Armenia should brace for another “dangerous” report on Nagorno-Karabakh. This time from a fact-finding mission from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe which is now investigating Azerbaijani claims about illegal resettlement of Armenian families in the occupied Azerbaijani lands. “They will get to see in practice what [the PACE’s Karabakh rapporteur David] Atkinson mentioned in theory. One must be at least naïve to hope that their report will be better for us than the infamous resolution adopted by the Council of Europe.” The paper says the report will carry more weight with the international community because it is the OSCE that mediates in the Karabakh peace process.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” also thinks that the monitoring of the occupied territories could have negative consequences for the Armenian side. The paper claims the West is thus getting more leverage against the Armenian authorities. It says the OSCE mission can use the content of its future report to blackmail Yerevan.
“Azg” reports that the OSCE officials spent Tuesday touring the Fizuli and Jebrail districts adjacent to the Iranian border. “Traveling dozens of kilometers here and there, the Europeans and Americans looking for settlers came across one shepherd, one farmer and a few people walking along the road,” it says. “Members of the mission do not want journalists to approach them when they talk to settlers.” “There will be no comments. This is a technical, not a political mission,” the leader of the team, Emily Habber, is quoted as saying. The paper also quotes an unnamed co-chair of the Minsk Group as saying that the fact-finding mission will not contribute to a Karabakh settlement and is even counterproductive.
“Hayots Ashkhar” charges that the OSCE used double standards when it decided to send the mission to Karabakh. The paper argues that the OSCE is reluctant to inspect the demographic situation in parts of Karabakh controlled by Azerbaijani forces, thereby “recognizing Azerbaijan’s sovereign right to drive out Armenians that used to live there.” “The OSCE breached one of its own fundamental principles. Therefore, the report of such a fact-finding mission can not be objective, let alone become a basis for any serious political conclusion, unless the monitoring group visits villages in Shahumian, Getashen and the north-eastern section of the Martakert district.”