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Under the headline ‘Toughening Position’, “Haykakan Zhamanak” presents a pessimistic vision of the Karabakh settlement process. “Judging from the fact that the OSCE Minsk Group cochairmen are not in a hurry to arrange a meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, one can suppose that Robert Kocharian and Ilham Aliev failed to make the step they had been expected to make.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” covers the same subject: “The contradictory and constantly changing position of the Azerbaijani authorities towards the proposals of the OSCE Minsk Group gradually makes not only the mediating countries, but also Armenian diplomacy confront new realities.”

Writing that President Aliev is trying to shatter ‘the very grounds of the negotiating process’, the paper suggests that the long discussions of the so-called ‘stage-by-stage’ and ‘package’ solutions have led the mediators to create an original “combination” of the two. “The essence of this hybrid is that settlement principles are agreed on in advance, and the process proper is carried out stage by stage. Challenging such a principle is equal to reducing to nothing the whole previous work of not only Armenia but also the mediators.”

Writing about the approaching 15th anniversary of Armenia’s independence, “Aravot” presents the following opinion in its editorial: “We cannot enjoy these 15 years as a whole period, as we divide it into parts, proceeding from the interests of one clan or another.”

Outlining the internal restraints of the development of Armenia’s political field, “Azg”, in particular, observes: “In a small country with a population of 3 million people the narrow circle of the public engaged in politics and business tells the rest of the people what to do. Gradually this circle becomes narrower and completely closes entry for outsider.”

“Taregir” draws a configuration of the future parliamentary forces: “The Republican Party and Prosperous Armenia will first pose as bitter rivals, but will come to terms at a critical point.”

“Independent deputy Viktor Dallakian will not have his former seat in the National Assembly,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes, adding: “In any case, the deputy preferred sitting not where unaffiliated deputies sit, but in the area foreseen for the opposition.”


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