“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments that the beating of a Dashnaktsutyun activist in Stepanakert, allegedly by the local military chiefs, was a serious blow to the creation of a “truly civilian and strong government” in Karabakh. The paper suggests that the Karabakh generals “wanted to show who is the country’s real master and to remind everyone of the times of military lawlessness.” Its says Arkady Ghukasian has a chance to “take very important and resolute steps more than ever before.”
“It is clear that in the event of taking certain steps Ghukasian will run into the Armenian government’s resistance,” continues “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “But today, the situation in Karabakh is such that the president of Karabakh can be more than what he was until now.”
“Aravot” fears that the incident will “weaken Karabakh’s positions in the international arena.” “If the victim’s claims are proved it would be a serious blow to the struggle for international recognition of Nagorno-Karabakh’s independence,” says the paper. Ironically, it says, that damage would result from Dashnaktsutyun, a party known for its hard line on the conflict with Azerbaijan. “The same party was energetically defending falsifications during the 2003 presidential elections, accusing the opposition of exposing our dirty linen to the Europeans.” If Dashnaktsutyun is consistent, it should “keep silent” after the Karabakh election, concludes the paper.
“Hayots Ashkhar” dismisses Baku’s offer of a joint Armenian-Azerbaijani control of the Lachin corridor.
According to “168 Zham,” a good thing about that offer is that it removes the controversial idea of giving Armenia’s Meghri district to Azerbaijan from the agenda of Karabakh peace talks. Nonetheless, the paper finds the proposed deal unacceptable.
Karabakh’s security chief, Karen Baburian, tells “Golos Armenii” that occupied Azerbaijani territories should be given back only in return for “power guarantees for the non-resumption of hostilities and the security of Karabakh’s population.”
Hrant Khachatrian, a senior member of the Artarutyun alliance, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that both the governing coalition and the opposition now have a desire to engage in a dialogue. “There is also an understanding that changes are inevitable in Armenia,” he says.