“Hayots Ashkhar” says the Armenian public is entitled to knowing more about the reasons for the resignation of Labor and Social Affairs Minister Gevorg Petrosian. “But who would care to explain?” the paper notes with disappointment.
“Zhamanak” comments on what it portrays as declining fortunes of Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and its leader Gagik Tsarukian, predicting that they will struggle to make a strong showing in the next parliamentary elections due in 2012. The paper says Tsarukian’s wealth could make him “the target of those oligarchs who have now joined the ranks of Serzh Sarkisian’s associates and await a new redistribution of the economy.”
Armen Rustamian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), tells “Iravunk” that his party will campaign for “regime change” if Armenia’s parliament ratifies the controversial agreements with Turkey. “In this sense, preparing for regime change is our parallel objective,” says Rustamian. “I think that if the Turkish-Armenian relations follow the worst-case scenario we will set in motion all means to rectify these mistakes as early as possible because we would otherwise feel their bitter fruits later on,” he adds.
Interviewed by “Aravot,” Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian describes as “unprecedented” the unanimous support voiced by the United States, Russia and other world powers for the Turkish-Armenian dialogue. “On the other hand, a state is forced to take steps against its will and interests only in exceptional cases,” says Kocharian. “This is not that case. Armenia initiated the process of normalizing Turkish-Armenian relations not to please other states or follow their diktat but for the sake of its own interests. I think Turkey is also guided by the same approach. And it’s not just about Turkey’s possible membership in the European Union.”
Masis Mayilian, a Nagorno-Karabakh politician, assures “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the authorities in Stepanakert are well aware of the international mediators’ basic principles of resolving the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. “That is, those principles can not be a secret for the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities. Maybe the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group did not officially relay those principles to the Nagorno-Karabakh authorities. That’s possible. But their being uninformed is not possible.”