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“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Turkey is now facing a “serious dilemma.” The paper says Ankara has to stop linking its relations with Armenia to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by October or risk a recognition of the Armenian genocide by the U.S. Congress after which use of the word “genocide” by President Barack Obama would be “only a matter of time.”

Opposition leader Levon Zurabian tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that not only ordinary Armenians but also the leadership of Nagorno-Karabakh may be “misinformed” by the Armenian authorities about the peace talks with Azerbaijan. “Things will have to be clarified at a certain point, and it will become evident that either the authorities wish to sign some unacceptable document, or they will refuse doing that,” he says. “Either way, a very important clarity will be introduced.” Zurabian says President Serzh Sarkisian’s acceptance of a compromise settlement with Azerbaijan would enable the opposition to “elicit a serious political process.”

Lragir.am says members of Sarkisian’s Public Council did not have to travel to Karabakh to realize that the public in Armenia is “inadmissibly unaware of the life of Karabakh society.” “Is it really a secret to anyone that the publics in Armenia and Karabakh have almost nothing to do with each other, except of course family or clan relationships?” says the online journal. “Or is it a secret to anyone that Karabakh’s government unequivocally trusts Armenia’s government? What else would Karabakh’s government do given the fact that it was formed by Armenia’s government?”

“Azg” quotes the chairman of the Public Council, Vazgen Manukian, as saying on Wednesday that he does not anticipate a Karabakh settlement in the foreseeable future. Manukian argued that Azerbaijan will never recognize Karabakh’s independence. “Given that, it is simply meaningless to speak of any mutual compromise,” he said. “For as long as that issue exists concessions would simply bring us closer to war and give nothing else.”

“Kapital” carries U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Bryza’s interview with the News.am service in which he explains why the Karabakh Armenians are not a full-fledged party to the peace talks. Bryza says that Armenia’s government itself has chosen to represent the Karabakh Armenians in the talks since 1998. He says the latter will renew their “direct participation” in the negotiating process “when Baku and Yerevan agree on that.” “We, the co-chairs, expect that development to happen when the basic principles have been finally agreed upon,” he says.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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