“Aravot” reports that Hrant Markarian, a top leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), told members of the Armenian community in Tehran on October 22 that Armenia’s government should not make major concessions to Turkey in return for the reopening of the Turkish border. “For us it is not acceptable to see Turkey act like a mediator or take on any role in the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations or the Karabakh problem,” he said. “For us it is unacceptable to become part of the Caucasus project proposed by Turkey at any cost, without Iran.”
“Unlike the president of Armenia, the Russian head of state never uttered phrases like ‘the Minsk Group’ or ‘co-chairs’ during the Yerevan news conference,” writes “Yerkir.” “And this is noteworthy because a continuation of the mediation mission with the U.S. and France does not allow Russia to steer the settlement process into the path of its interests.” Those interests, says the paper, now include bringing Azerbaijan into Russia’s foreign policy orbit. “To that end they need to force Armenia into making essentially unilateral and absolutely unacceptable concessions on the Karabakh issue,” it says. The Dashnaktsutyun weekly says the Russians want to deploy peace-keeping troops in Armenian-controlled territores around Karabakh.
According to Lragir.am, the Armenian side’s stated readiness to return those lands to Azerbaijan is often presented by pro-government politicians is a mere diplomatic ploy. “This assetion is quite weird and seemingly unfounded and illogical,” says the online publication.
“Hayots Ashkhar” accuses leaders of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) of seeking to fool opposition activists and other supporters who it says were bewildered by Levon Ter-Petrosian’s October 17 speech. The paper describes as “more than pathetic” the HAK’s linkage between geopolitical developments and Ter-Petrosian’s decision to suspend anti-government rallies. “What is a desire to have stronger positions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict to do with sending several thousand fighting people back home or deceiving one’s own partners?” it says.
Barsegh Beglarian, a Karabakh-born business tycoon, appears to criticize former President Robert Kocharian’s Karabakh policy in an interview with “Iravunk – De Facto.” “Karabakh should have always been a party to those negotiations,” says Beglarian. “One of the biggest mistakes of our former leadership was that the Karabakh authorities were driven out of the negotiation process … We have no right to resolve the Karabakh issue without Karabakh’s participation.”
Interviewed by “Iravunk,” Artsvik Minasian, a member of the parliamentary inquiry into the March 1 clashes, criticizes Ter-Petrosian for refusing to testify before his commission. He says Ter-Petrosian would not even agree to have someone else testify on his behalf. Minasian also says that the commission did not try to question Kocharian.