“Aravot” says the terms on which Armenia is told to make concessions in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are deteriorating. The paper argues that Azerbaijan is now against a referendum on self-determination in Karabakh and the deployment of foreign peacekeeping forces around the territory. “In that sense, former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian is right,” it says. “He is wrong or rather insincere on another issue, when he does not say why those terms have deteriorated and who is to blame for that.” The paper puts the blame on “repressions” committed by Armenia’s current and former governments. It claims that Oskanian justified the use of force against opposition protesters on March 1, 2008.
“Zhamanak” says former President Robert Kocharian’s latest statement was an endorsement of Oskanian’s and Prosperous Armenia Party leader Gagik Tsarukian’s criticism of the government. The pro-opposition paper notes at the same time that Kocharian is not playing the Karabakh card for the moment, focusing instead on the economic situation in the country.
According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” the latest statements made by Oskanian “at least deserve attention” even though he “deviates from the bounds of impartiality and objectivity in some cases.” The paper says representatives of President Serzh Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) were right to point out that Oskanian was responsible for some Karabakh-related diplomatic setbacks suffered by Armenia in the past. It also dismisses his calls for leadership change in the country.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Kocharian’s return to government would plunge Armenia into “diarchy.” “And given that Kocharian’s team has started openly expressing its disagreement with Serzh Sarkisian’s foreign policy, Kocharian’s appointment as prime minister would mean a palace coup,” says the paper. “In that case, the only way of avoiding a coup would be for Serzh Sarkisian to come to terms with a status of the Queen of England, something which is unlikely and impossible.”