In an interview with “Iravunk de facto,” Armen Martirosian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun party, comments on the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s calls for the resignation of Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian. “I think that under the constitution, it is the president who is responsible for foreign policy and security structures,” says Martirosian. “Therefore, it is the president of the Republic of Armenia who should decide what policies to pursue in order to have public trust on the Karabakh issue, which I don’t think he has now. Let’s wait for further developments. Serzh Sarkisian’s rule is the continuation of Robert Kocharian’s rule.”
Lragir.am says politicians and pundits in Armenia are right to criticize Nagorno-Karabakh’s leadership for not pursuing an “independent foreign policy” and not openly challenging Yerevan.
“Philological speeches delivered during rallies, no matter how much they are filled with political terms, can not serve as the basis for solving the Artsakh problem,” Razmik Zohrabian, a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar.” “They can only partly distort perceptions of reality and bring about a semi-revolutionary sentiment. The society, the political field must display political maturity at this stage and entrust the negotiations [with Azerbaijan] to a government and professional diplomats familiar with realities. After all, mutual compromise is about ensuring guarantees of peace and security, rather than giving away lands.”
“Our political culture is based on reminding each other’s sins,” editorializes “Aravot.” “The purpose of that is the following. The opponent should shut up and realize that he has no moral right to speak up. Do you think anyone in Armenia has become conscious of that? Of course not. The object of a reminder responds by starting to look for black spots in the past of those who remind. And he certainly finds them because nobody is perfect. That is followed by a response to the response and, as a result, we get an Asian bazaar which can be observed in all spheres.”
“Golos Armenii” sees no need to amend Armenia’s law on mass media, saying that its provisions fully satisfy the media community. “Independent deputy Victor Dallakian has a diametrically opposite view, and that is why amendments to that law were circulated recently,” the paper says, expressing concern about those amendments. It takes seriously speculation that Dallakian’s bill is part of a government plot to restrict press freedom in the country.