“I think pressure is being put on Azerbaijan. Although it is not stated in public, but the cochairmen know that the main side that blocks the settlement process is Azerbaijan,” a senior member of the Dashnaktsutyun party, Giro Manoyan, tells “Hayots Ashkhar”. He adds: “This is being done to translate into reality the optimism of the cochairmen that the sides can reach a certain agreement in the course of 2006 at least regarding the settlement principles.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” views pessimistically the current stage of the Karabakh settlement process: “The summer is over and the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will have to provide a clear answer to the proposals. Nevertheless, the developments of the last month suggest that the presidents will hardly agree on the submitted proposals. The state bodies in both countries used the period for propaganda to show how bad the opponent is and why one cannot have an agreement with it.”
In its editorial “Iravunk” outlines a possible collision between the Republican Party of Armenia and Gagik Tsarukian’s newly established Prosperous Armenia party. “Judging from the fact that there are many different intrigues among the associates of Serzh Sarkisian and Robert Kocharian, the competition is unlikely to be fully controllable.” The paper presents a theory according to which businessman Alexander Givoev was killed for his activities aimed at recruiting members for Prosperous Armenia and that it was a warning to “all other influential people who will find themselves in the wrong camp during the election period.”
Writing about the prospect of Viktor Dallakian, Tatul Manaserian and Emma Khudabashian becoming members of the Prosperous Armenia party, “Haykakan Zhamanak” suggests: “According to the information we have, the presidential palace has ordered not to hurry to admit them to the party ranks. And it is not excluded that it is not the people whose names are being circulated in the press today who will appear on the Prosperous Armenia proportional list, which already puts the revealed oppositionists into an awkward position.”
“Aravot” suggests a way precluding the penetration of criminals into the electoral processes. “As the matter concerns law-making activities, a certain intellectual and cultural qualification is necessary for candidates,” the daily writes, suggesting an eight-grade Armenian-language dictation for candidates seeking a seat in parliament. “If they receive a satisfactory mark, let them continue their struggle, if they fail, let them go back to the desk and study,” the “Aravot” editorial concludes with irony.