“Hraparak” says that the next meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents, due in early October, will be “decisive” for the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “As a rule, the Armenian opposition becomes more active in autumn,” says the paper. “There will probably be new political actions, new manifestations of protest. And if a wave of discontent related to foreign policy developments adds to the [existing] economic, work-related and social discontent, then it can be said that difficult days await our authorities.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” quotes Gagik Melikian, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), as dismissing the opposition Zharangutyun party’s calls for Armenia to formally recognize Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent state. “That should have been done when there was no process of a peaceful resolution of the conflict,” argues Melikian. “That was the time when our Foreign Ministry was headed by the Zharangutyun founder, Raffi Hovannisian. But he did not submit such a proposal then.” Melikian believes that Karabakh’s recognition now would wreck the peace process. “In politics, as in life, audacity must be based on common sense,” he says.
Vahagn Khachatrian, a senior member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Zhamanak” that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) does not want to cooperate with Levon Ter-Petrosian’s alliance because it remains a part of the country’s ruling establishment. Khachatrian points to a “demonstrative” conference which Dashnaktsutyun held in Stepanakert last month to demand Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian’s resignation and speak out against the existing international plan to end the Karabakh dispute. “It turned out later that it was organized by the authorities, namely Serzh Sarkisian’s brothers,” claims Khachatrian.
“Not only is Turkey in no rush to buy electricity from Armenia but it seems to have frozen that process,” writes “Kapital.” “Although the export of Armenian electricity would be economically beneficial for both sides, it has become more of a political issue.” The recalls earlier statements by Energy Minister Armen Movsisian and other officials that Armenia will start supplying power to Turkey in April.