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“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that official Ankara has managed to “fundamentally distort” the content of the Turkish-Armenian agreements sign they were signed in Zurich on October 10. “Turkey arbitrarily links the issue of the Turkish-Armenian border opening with the Nagorno-Karabakh problem which is mentioned nowhere in the protocols,” says the paper. “Turkey’s assurances that these issues are interconnected ignore the simple reality that there is no word ‘Karabakh’ in the signed documents.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” is worried about Azerbaijan’s continuing military build-up, wondering whether the Armenian military is countering that by boosting the combat-readiness and morale of its forces. The paper goes on to conclude that “stalling for time in the negotiating process is not at all beneficial for us.” “If the issue is to be solved through war, then the sooner [it starts] the better,” it adds. “If a peace accord is to be signed, that should be done even faster.”

Zhirayr Sefilian, whose nationalist pressure group is a member of the Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Kapital” that HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s November 11 speech marked a “deviation from the principles of the popular movement.” “So those who agree with the content of that speech had better leave the field of the popular movement,” says Sefilian. “I again assure that the Alliance of Armenian Volunteers remains faithful to the movement’s principles. We will never undermine the unanimity of tens of thousands of Armenian citizens formed as a result of the movement.”

Sefilian also disagrees with the “tactical path” which Ter-Petrosian and other HAK leaders chose following the March 2008 violence in Yerevan. “We have been in favor of more resolute actions which certainly fit into the democratic philosophy,” he says.

“Hraparak” claims that Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian betrayed his “liberal views” by joining the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK). “The prime minister’s move finally closed the issue of forming a more broad-based government because right from the beginning Tigran Sarkisian’s appointment [as prime minister] was perceived like a way of getting out of the extremely tense situation of political crisis smoothly and without losses,” says the paper. “The authority is thus showing that the internal political crisis is over and the idea of forming a national salvation government dead … The president and the Republican Party are thus announcing their readiness and responsibility to carry the entire burden of government.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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