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Citing state-run Armenpress news agency as a source, “Azg” quotes former U.S. Undersecretary of State Marc Grossman as saying that Azerbaijan should not hope for the West or the United States to solve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.

“A solution to the conflict depends on the parties to the conflict. Regular meetings of the presidents of Azerbaijan and Armenia prove that the negotiations are developing in the right direction within the framework of the [OSCE] Minsk Group.”

Speaking at an event organized at the Azerbaijani president-affiliated Center for Strategic Studies, Grossman said that the United States supported Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

Vartan Bostanjian, a member of the parliamentary faction of the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Aravot” that his party can “think of drastic steps when the interests of our country are grossly ignored and the welfare of our country is in jeopardy.”

“Today, we see that we are departing from panhuman values. In a situation like this, not only the BHK, but also any group or union must have its own attitude,” says Bostanjian.

To the paper’s question about how realistic the scenario of early elections could be for Armenia, the parliamentarian did not rule out such developments “for a country in our situation.”

In an interview with “Taregir”, ‘Cooperation for Democracy’ organization head Stepan Danielian comments on the formation of ‘political elites’ in Armenia

“There is a political elite anyway. But it cannot be considered as a ‘chosen’ elite. That is, it is ‘an anti-elite’ that holds all levers. I see no full-fledged political parties in Armenia. I see only one party with political traditions – the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), which, however, has not become fully fledged and its traditions have already become ‘anti-traditions’, because 19th-century ideology is dangerous for our state today. The governing Republican Party of Armenia is ‘anti-Republican’ by its mentality and action. As for liberal parties, I saw liberal reforms only when Hrant Bagratian was prime minister (1993-96). And Bagratian then also met great opposition from other wings of power.”

“Tert.am” reports that Armenia’s national air carrier “Armavia” has appeared on the European Union list of more than 4,000 that must reduce carbon acid emissions from 2012 or be banned from landing at EU airports.
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