Armenian newspapers continue to analyze the latest joint statement issued by the leaders of the nations that lead international mediatory efforts in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process as well as its impact on the further negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The “Aravot” editor writes that he was surprised to see such passions in Armenia and Azerbaijan over the publication of yet another version of the resolution.
“If the matter concerned maps and territories, it would be possible to speak in this manner… But Karabakh is not a territory. It is first of all people. These people have elected their authorities – call them whatever you want, even a separatist regime. And now even if the cleverest men of the world gather around a map with the best intentions, it will be impossible to solve the problem without these people and the authorities elected by them.”
“Iravunk de-facto” writes on the same subject: “The only new thing about all this is the statement of the [OSCE Minsk Group] co-chairing states’ leaders at the G8 Summit, which only means that the status quo continues.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” suggests that while it seems that the statement by the Minsk Group co-heading nations’ leaders and the publication of the Madrid principles are coordinated political dictates that block the opportunity for either side to avoid them, “a thorough analysis of the internal checks leads to the conclusion that the de-coding of the Madrid principles is only the visible tip of the complex and multifaceted Russo-American relations.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” suggests that “this is not the case when one can pretend that nothing has happened.
“Whether they want it or not, the Armenian authorities must express their official standpoint,” writes the paper. “The panic within the government is obvious. Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian even welcomes the statement issues by the three presidents. Moreover, he thanks them for this statement. Meanwhile, his deputy Shavarsh Kocharian says that this statement bears the stamp of Azerbaijani propaganda… This only reveals that Armenia lacks foreign policy as such.”