“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says Armenian officials and pro-government politicians have sought to lower expectations from Monday’s meeting of the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents. “The Armenian side was well aware of the direction in which negotiations are going and how they will end,” writes the paper. “They will end up in an agreement and Armenian forces will be withdrawn from liberated territories.” It claims that Yerevan is hoping to delay that as much as possible.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says former President Robert Kocharian’s visit to Tehran and Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki’s anticipated arrival in Armenia herald “interesting developments in our region” and Iranian-Armenian relations in particular. “It is not accidental that during his stay in Tehran, the second president of Armenia voiced deep satisfaction with joint energy and transport projects that were implemented during his tenure and are being implemented now,” says the paper. It argues that Kocharian and his successor, Serzh Sarkisian, “can not sit and wait for the West to exert serious pressure on Turkey and to come up with actions, rather than words, in favor of a clear delineation of the Turkish-Armenian and Nagorno-Karabakh issues.”
“Why are they forcing Armenia to pull out of the liberated territories?” asks Lragir.am. The online paper dismiss the view that the West is keen to deploy peacekeeping forces in those territories in order to hold Iran in check. “Besides, Azerbaijan will never agree to take the territories back from Armenia and give them to the West so that it can use those territories for an aggression against Iran,” it speculates.
“Armenia’s authorities have committed so many abuses and illegalities … that it seems Zaruhi Postanjian’s removal from the Armenian delegation in the PACE ordered by [parliament speaker] Hovik Abrahamian is just a drop in the ocean,” writes “Zhamanak.” But, it says, the PACE seems to be taking the matter more seriously than “the greater, more cynical, more undemocratic actions that are being taken against the Armenian opposition and its sympathizers.”