“Iravunk” says the Minsk meeting of the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will have “some continuation.” “It is quite likely that the continuation will be initiated by [Russian President] Vladimir Putin and will take place in Moscow,” the paper says, referring to a possible follow-up meeting between Ilham Aliev and Robert Kocharian. “In effect, the Armenian president has found himself in between two fires: either to resort to any steps to avoid any settlement of the Artsakh issue, or to quickly sign something and put himself at the mercy of the Americans. But this option too is fraught with pre-term presidential elections, their most extreme revolutionary version.”
“The Karabakh conflict can not be solved at the negotiating table,” Levon Melik-Shahnazarian, a political analyst, tells “Hayots Ashkhar,” dismissing Aliev’s claims that the peace process is approaching its “final phase.” “I don’t think that Armenia is ready to cede those [occupied Azerbaijani] territories,” he says.
“Hayk” claims that Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian’s visit to an Armenian military base stationed near the Azerbaijani border was part of his Republican Party’s unfolding campaigning for next spring’s parliamentary elections. The paper says Sarkisian has decided to personally lead the HHK campaign.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the HHK has decided to field candidates in at least 25 of Armenia’s 41 single-mandate constituencies during the parliamentary elections. The decision was made at a meeting of the HHK leadership on Wednesday, says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” also reports that parliament speaker Tigran Torosian has joined the list of Armenian politicians who have been granted what the paper regards as dubious doctoral degrees. “Those who have won such a title realize and know very well that the public treats them with deep disdain, considers them illiterate,” it says. “They need those titles to overcome their inferiority complex and a sense of being rejected.”