“Aravot” assures readers that Ilham Aliev and Robert Kocharian “do not want war.” “When opposition leaders in both countries say that the two presidents are ready to sacrifice their own citizens for the sake of their posts, it seems dubious to me,” writes the paper’s editor-in-chief, Aram Abrahamian. “Of course the posts are a sweet thing, but not that sweet. Secondly, the danger of losing those posts will grow in the event of war. Kocharian and Aliev are simply allowing the propaganda of enmity and hatred toward the neighbor, and they are doing that not for starting a war but for maintaining the current status quo. It’s just that the presidents of our and neighboring countries do not realize that maintaining the status in such a way will eventually lead to a war.”
Mayis Gyulaliev of the Baku-based Center for Civic Initiatives claims in an interview with “Azg” that the West is also interested in the continuation of the no-war-no-peace situation. “The Karabakh conflict will not be resolved until Azerbaijan runs out of oil,” he says.
“The Armenian armed forces are ready to suppress any assault from the opposite side,” “Azg” quotes Deputy Defense Minister Artur Aghabekian as saying. Aghabekian says Armenian forces are currently reinforcing their frontline fortifications. “Perhaps the enemy shots are aimed at disrupting our engineering activities,” he says, adding that Armenian army positions have been moved forward and can now “hit any target.”
Opposition leader Stepan Demirchian, meanwhile, tells “Aravot” that Karabakh is the reason why the United States has been so “tolerant” of the ruling regime in Yerevan. “They expect and have still not lost hope that the problem will be resolved by means of these authorities,” says Demirchian.
“The opposition can not come to terms with this situation and will continue its struggle,” Demirchian says in a separate interview with “Ayb-Fe.” Demirchian says the dominant public view in Armenia is that “no change is possible in our country as a result of elections.” “This logic is understandable because elections have long been falsified here,” he says.
“The problems of Armenia and Karabakh can be resolved only by revolutionary means,” another, more radical oppositionist, Aram Sarkisian, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “The world also realizes that there is a political crisis in Armenia right now.” The political situation in the country is “explosive,” he claims.