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“It would be naïve to hope that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will be resolved at this stage,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” writes, commenting on the upcoming meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani foreign ministers. “Neither [Robert] Kocharian, nor [Ilham] Aliev have the motivation to resolve the conflict. But if the international community really considers the conflict’s settlement to be important, then the upcoming CIS summit in Minsk is the only visible chance to achieve a breakthrough in the next two years. It will be followed by New Year holidays, and then Armenia will enter a pre-election period, from which it will emerge only in 2008 at the earliest.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” looks at Turkish reaction to the passage of a French bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian genocide. “Events that have taken place since October 12 show that Turkey and Azerbaijan had carefully prepared for the task of discrediting the decision made by the French National Assembly in the eyes of the international community,” says the paper. But, it says, the resulting “anti-French campaign” has failed to prevent France from achieving its objectives vis-à-vis Turkey.

“Iravunk” editorializes that the saga of the controversial parliament deputy Hakob Hakobian has exposed “a number of disagreements within the government camp. “First of all, it became clear that the presidential palace is going on a political offensive against the [governing] HHK that has been renewed and enriched by Serzh Sarkisian, raising the issue of sacrificing a concrete Republican” says the paper. “The HHK is forced to succumb to that. It is obvious that Hakob Hakobian’s precedent may be repeated. It also emerged that pre-Serzh representatives of the HHK surrendered a deputy who came to the HHK with Sarkisian to the law-enforcers with a kind of inner pleasure.” The paper claims that they would love to get rid of other individuals brought into their party’s governing body by Sarkisian.

“Everyone knows that the accusations leveled by the Prosecutor-General’s Office against parliament deputy and HHK member Hakob Hakobian can be equally and justly attached to dozens of other deputies of both Republican and other brands,” writes “Aravot.” “But that is not being done because everyone knows that what matters in this case is sinning not against the law but against a particular clan.”

“Zhamanak Yerevan” also sees political reasons for Hakobian’s prosecution. The paper claims that prosecutors had long been looking for a pretext to “rip apart” Hakobian.

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