Citing unnamed “reliable” sources, “Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan reached a secret agreement on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at their July 17 meeting in Moscow. “Our sources say that after the signing of the document representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan and the OSCE Minsk Group reached an oral agreement to keep that fact confidential at least until January 1, 2010,” says the paper. “According to the same course, during that time the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities should prepare their peoples, step by step and with little leaks, for news of the signing of the document.”
Lragir.am wonders what kind of changes have been made in the so-called Madrid principles of a Karabakh settlement proposed by the Minsk Group co-chairs. It says things should clear up in the coming months, expecting the two governments to leak details of the changes to the domestic publics. The online publication is convinced that President Serzh Sarkisian is ready to make more concessions that his predecessor Robert Kocharian was. “The thing is that there is, to put it mildly, concern that the parties to the negotiating process have abandoned the Madrid principles,” it says.
Khosrov Harutiunian, a member of Sarkisian’s Public Council, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh are by and large informed about peace proposals made by the mediators. He says they believe that those proposals allow for a “just” solution to the Karabakh conflict. “At the same time they express certain concerns that are not unfounded,” says Harutiunian. He also insists that the Karabakh Armenians “unequivocally” trust Armenia’s government.
“Hraparak” reacts to Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian’s claims that defense lawyers of arrested government critics only harm their clients with their defiant behavior and statements. The paper says Hovsepian thereby implied that criminal suspects should pay prosecutors, rather than lawyers in order to alleviate their plight.