“Hayots Ashkhar” strikes a pessimistic note about the current negotiations over Nagorno-Karabakh and implies that domestic politicians do not contribute to the strengthening of Armenia’s position on this matter in the international arena.
“The situation is no better also among the political forces supporting the government whose representatives have prematurely become advocates of ‘soft and hard lines’ largely in order to hide the absence of their own approaches. The first group of politicians expresses certitude that the authorities are doing the right thing, which in no way contributes to the strengthening of the authorities’ positions, and the other group has tried to conceal the absence of their own line with stern but empty warnings to the authorities.”
Ex-presidential candidate Arman Melikian tells “Zhamanak-Yerevan” that the radical opposition force has retreated to allow the outside world to maul President Serzh Sarkisian’s administration. “We are all under atmospheric pressure and if we lack our internal pressure, the atmosphere will squeeze us. The same is also true for politics…”
Former representative of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh Republic to Armenia Manvel Sarkisian tells “Aravot” that perhaps the authorities in Armenia have finally realized the whole gravity of the situation and are trying to find a way to do something with Karabakh’s hands. “People may have got an impression that they could playfully live for a hundred years this way, but a moment comes when they understand that the situation is serious and try to find some means to quit it.” The former Karabakh representative thinks that it is not yet late to change something: “Nothing has happened yet. Serzh Sarkisian is to sign a document. Do not let him do that. Let him go home as ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian once did...”
“Iravunk De-facto” comments that at this stage of the Karabakh settlement when there is a serious outside pressure, the issue of political detainees in Armenia may be turned by Western democrats into an additional tool to put pressure on Armenia’s authorities.
“Furthermore, there are quite a few Karabakh war veterans among those arrested [following the post-election unrest on March 1-2] for whom the current options of solving the problem are not only unacceptable but may also become an occasion for new confrontation,” the paper suggests.
“Lragir.am” sees a ‘total failure’ of the Sarkisian administration that it says has not so far made good on any of the pledged ‘second-generation’ reforms. “There is almost no tangible progress in solving the main problems facing Armenia, such as liberalization of the economy, separation of business and government, rule of law, transparent and effective governance, effective distribution of economic growth…”
In contrast, “Golos Armenii” sees Sarkisian as shaping himself into a true national leader. The pro-establishment paper, in particular, writes: “The latest speeches by Serzh Sarkisian have clearly proved his aspirations to become an all-national leader. His ideological principles are finally shaping into a firm system and, most importantly, he shows his aspiration to put all this into practice in his activities as head of state.”