Vahan Hovannisian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the declaration signed by the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents alone can not guarantee that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict will not be resolved by force. But Hovannisian sees “encouraging” points in the declaration such as the lack of an explicit reference to the so-called Madrid principles of a Karabakh settlement. That, he says, means the return of Armenian-controlled territories around Karabakh is not on the horizon.
“Aravot” notes that both the government and the opposition camps in Armenia have seized upon the Moscow declaration to claim that their Karabakh-related forecasts are materializing. The paper says the opposition will use the document to again accuse Serzh Sarkisian of surrendering Karabakh to Azerbaijan. The authorities, for their part, claim the opposite. “The reason for these diametrically opposite interpretations lies in the content of the declaration,” comments the paper. “It is written in a diplomatic jargon whose ambiguous formulations leave it open to differing interpretations,” it says. “Everything depends on the interpreter and their interests.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the National Security Service has launched criminal proceedings in connection with French-Armenian opposition activist Sarkis Hatspanian’s allegations about a planned murder plot against President Sarkisian. The paper says one of its journalists, who interviewed Hatspanian, has been summoned to the NSS for questioning.
“Azg” says the U.S. presidential election will be “historic in a number of respects.” “First of all, an African-American candidate, Barack Obama, is for the first time aspiring to govern that superpower,” says the paper. “His rival is a typical American of Anglo-Saxon origin, John McCain.” The paper says the election also promises to see an unprecedented voter turnout, citing reports of long lines forming outside polling stations across the United States shortly the opening of polls.