“Taregir” believes that not only the leaders but also the peoples of Armenia and Azerbaijan are not ready a resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict based on mutual compromise. “Perhaps the only official in Armenia who now dares to speak of mutual concessions is Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian,” notes the paper. “Every conciliatory statement made by him meets with equally tough responses from both the nationalist and partly nationalist opposition forces.” It says Sarkisian realizes that “war is not the best way of solving the issue, even for himself.”
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” President Robert Kocharian’s national security adviser, Garnik Isagulian, says the presidents of both Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh enjoy very high approval ratings at the moment. “Robert Kocharian’s rating is very high in Nagorno-Karabakh as well,” he says. “There his authority is not even a matter of debate. People are well aware that Kocharian’s position will definitely have an impact on public opinion.”
“It would be very beneficial for us to assert that fair and democratic election are possible in Armenia and Karabakh but not in Azerbaijan,” writes “Aravot.” “But unfortunately, you can’t solve any issue by making assertions.” The paper argues that the outcome of the forthcoming presidential elections to be held in Karabakh, Armenia and Azerbaijan is already predetermined, making the three regimes look “very similar” to each other.
“Hayk” reports that the newly created committee on human rights of Armenia’s parliament comprises individuals notorious for “violations of citizens’ rights.” The paper points to Republican Party members Levon Sargsian, Ashot Aghababian and Nahapet Gevorgian and Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukian. (All of them are better known with their nicknames.) “Several members of this committee are even associated with quite high-profile killings,” comments the paper. “In effect, they and their [bodyguards with] shaven heads will be busy trampling on human rights outside the walls of the National Assembly building, while striving to restore those rights inside the National Assembly.”
“According to our sources, Gyumri Mayor Vartan Ghukasian will tender his resignation in the coming days,” reports “168 Zham.” “The same sources assure us that [the resignation] is being delayed for the time being due to Vartan Ghukasian’s poor health.”