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“Hayots Ashkhar” says the ongoing controversy over international efforts on the Karabakh front is good for the Armenian side as it has triggered a healthy debate in Armenia which should engender “new and fresh thoughts and proposals badly needed by Armenian foreign policy and especially parliamentary diplomacy. The paper seeks to allay fears related to the latest “acceleration” of the peace process and the ongoing inspection of the “liberated territories” around Karabakh by an OSCE team. The paper says opposition claims about an imminent international condemnation of Armenia is are “false.”

An “Azg” correspondent accompanying the OSCE monitors in Karabakh says “they do not quite care about the tragedy of the local Armenian refugees.” “They simply dug into old wounds and continued to look for newly built houses in their jeeps,” the correspondent reports from the Armenian-occupied Aghdam district.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” finds “sensational” Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliev’s Wednesday statement that Azerbaijan and Russia do not have unresolved problems anymore. Aliev spoke after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The paper notes that Baku until recently criticized Russia’s position on the Karabakh dispute and called for Russian pressure on the Armenians. “Aliev’s statement means that Lavrov promised him to exert pressure on Armenia,” it speculates.

“Armenia has found itself in a situation where nothing depends on the work of our delegation at the [Parliamentary Assembly of the] Council of Europe,” writes “168 Zham.” “No delegation can persuade that organization to renounce universally espoused principles and make an exception for Armenia.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that political consultations on the opposition proposals for constitutional reform, which were scheduled for Thursday, will likely be boycotted by virtually all parliament factions except speaker Artur Baghdasarian’s Orinats Yerkir. Orinats Yerkir’s coalition partners, the Republican and Dashnaktsutyun parties, have already decided not to attend the meeting organized by Baghdasarian. The paper says the Republicans and the Dashnaks thus wanted to show the latter that he is not as important as he thinks. It also says that the ruling coalition’s likely rejection of the opposition proposals will enable the Armenian opposition to exploit the anticipated constitutional referendum for launching a fresh push for power.

“168 Zham” says that a new political alliance bringing together Baghdasarian, opposition politician Aram Karapetian and the former National Security Service chief Karlos Petrosian may be in the making. The three men are said to have met in Dubai recently to discuss ways of joining forces.

(Vache Sarkisian)
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