“Haykakan Zhamanak” stands by its earlier report that U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza is set to replace Steven Mann as the new U.S. co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group. The paper says the appointment means that Washington no longer believes in the possibility of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict this year. It speculates that Bryza, who last visited Yerevan in March, will pay more attention to domestic Armenian politics than the Karabakh peace process.
“In all likelihood, the mediators will continue to step up pressure on the parties and demand that they at least sign some sort of agreement on the basic principles of the conflict’s settlement,” disagrees “Azg.” “A resolution of the Karabakh conflict will be imposed after all on the parties. This is what the mediators mean when they speak of windows of opportunity.”
“Aravot” reports that Aleksan Karapetian, a top aide to opposition leader Artashes Geghamian, on Tuesday urged President Robert Kocharian to step down and return to Karabakh along with his circle of loyal and thriving businessmen. Karapetian suggested that they set up a party called Prosperous Karabakh.
Deputy parliament speaker Vahan Hovannisian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Armenians should commemorate this year the 150th birth anniversary of former U.S. President Woodrow Wilson who had pushed, unsuccessfully, for the creation of a much bigger Armenia following the First World War. “I think our people have not forgotten the fact that this president falls into the category of friends of the Armenian people,” he says. Hovannisian, whose Dashnaktsutyun party favors Armenian territorial claims to Turkey, argues that Wilson was the one who drew Armenia’s borders that were enshrined in the 1920 Treaty of Sevres. The fact that the treaty was never put into practice by the world powers was not Wilson’s fault, he says.