“Despite the Azerbaijani military’s pretentious pledges to win back [Azerbaijani] lands, they understand very well in Baku that there is just no military solution to the Karabakh conflict,” writes “Golos Armenii.” “And if Baku really wants to restore control over some of the so-called buffer territories, it has no option but to achieve settlement with Yerevan and Stepanakert.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that President Robert Kocharian will pay a working visit to Russia later this month during which he will discuss not only bilateral Russian-Armenian ties but the Karabakh conflict. The paper cites a statement by the Russian embassy in Yerevan that stresses the need for the conflicting parties to find a “mutually acceptable” solution. Russia is ready to act as a “guarantor” of such an agreement, the statement says.
But according to “Haykakan Zhamanak,” further Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks are “doomed” to fail even if they are held at the presidential level. “The Azerbaijani side is now more than ever confident about its capabilities and potential,” explains the paper. The Armenian side, it says, may not receive billions of dollars in oil revenues in the coming years, but it is not in such a desperate state as to accept all Azerbaijani demands.
“Iravunk” analyzes the ongoing parliament debates on fresh amendments to Armenia’s electoral code that are supposed to contribute to the freedom and fairness of next year’s parliamentary elections. The paper attacks the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) for its refusal to back opposition calls for all parliament seats to be contested on the party list basis. “It is obvious that this is the result of yet another political haggling and is aimed to serve short-term sectarian interests,” claims the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Ishkhan Zakarian, head of the government’s department on sports, and a friend of his were briefly detained by police on Saturday while they illegally hunted in a nature reserve in Armenia’s southeastern Vayots Dzor region. The paper says Zakarian was released shortly afterwards and, unlike his friend, will avoid prosecution.