(Saturday, August 1)
“Hraparak” accuses the Armenian authorities of “telling their own people that they are guilty and must behave themselves” in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “Amazed by this meekness, big powers have decided to openly explain the essence of their compromise variant: give everything under your control back to Azerbaijan and it won’t kill you,” speculates the paper. It says the international community itself should “shoulder responsibility for its failings. As for the Karabakh Armenians and Armenia proper, they are “not in anyone’s debt,” according to “Hraparak.” “The conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh has no compromise solution,” concludes the paper.
Hovannes Hovannisian, a senior member of the presidential Public Council, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that the international mediators’ existing peace proposals are not that bad for the Armenian side. “The Madrid principles contain mechanisms for finally ascertaining Nagorno-Karabakh’s legal status, internationally recognizing this status and providing international guarantees of Nagorno-Karabakh’s security,” he says. “It is specially made clear [in their peace plan] that the NKR’s status is to be determined by means of an expression of the NKR people’s will. Hovannisian complains at the same time that the Madrid principles do not presuppose corresponding commensurate by Azerbaijan. Karabakh, he says, has no “occupied territories” to cede to Azerbaijan.
In an interview with “Aravot,” opposition leader Smbat Ayvazian attacks President Serzh Sarkisian for reportedly accepting a Turkish proposal to set up a commission of Turkish and Armenian historians who would jointly look into the events of 1915. “It’s obvious that the authorities understand their mistake but see no ways of rectifying it,” claims Ayvazian. “It means that the current authorities have set themselves the task of disbanding the Diaspora, while the countries of the world that have recognized or were going to recognize the genocide will have a hostile attitude towards the Armenian state.”
“Golos Armenii” says quite a few supporters of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) still believe, out of “inexperience,” in the success of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s campaign for leadership change in the country. “In reality, [the campaign for] regime change is merely declarative,” says the paper. “In reality, Ter-Petrosian understands very well that there will be no pre-term elections.” Ter-Petrosian’s main objective, it says, is to “stay in the game,” and in order to achieve it he needs to continue to feed his support base with the promise of regime change.