Masis Mayilian, a former senior Nagorno-Karabakh official, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that right from the beginning Karabakh was recognized by the international community as a third party to Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations. “If the mediators are trying to negate or abandon that format, this means that they are attempting to return the process to the pre-war status quo when the Soviet Union fell apart and a purely political decision to recognize only 15 [ex-Soviet] republic was made [by the international community,]” he says. “The international community and, in particular, the Minsk Group co-chairs must correct that mistake. But instead of correcting that, they seem to be further deepening the deadlock in the negotiations by trying to push it back to the status quo of 1988-1990.”
Miasnik Malkhasian, a prominent veteran of the Karabakh war and opposition figure, tells “Zhamanak” that Karabakh’s current leadership will not dare to challenge Armenia’s government over its support for territorial concessions to Azerbaijan. “Today I don’t see anyone among Karabakh’s top army brass, political forces and intelligentsia who could revolt,” says Malkhasian. He says such Karabakh Armenians might revolt only if Armenia cuts a peace deal with Azerbaijan unacceptable to them. “But to be honest, I don’t see such a prospect,” he adds.
“Hraparak” comments on the deadly bombings in the Moscow metro. “It looked as though the spate of terrorist acts has stopped and they will be no repeat of them,” editorializes the paper. “However, yesterday’s incident showed that Russia will long remain an unstable country of terrorist attacks and turmoil where neither the economy nor democracy is developing and where no light looms at the end of the tunnel … Yesterday’s tragic incidents were yet another upheaval for the Russian giant. Some people there will try to cash in on the difficult situation while others will suffer.”
“Aravot” says all major opposition leaders in Armenia have assured the rich that in case of coming to power they would not redistribute wealth and that only those who had become rich by illegal means would suffer. “But the rich do not buy into that message for three reasons: a) nobody in Armenia believes that anything will be done in accordance with law; b) Fortunes worth hundreds of thousands or millions [of dollars] can be made only by illegal means in Armenia; and, more importantly, c) although the opposition states that there will be no [wealth] expropriation, the vast majority of [opposition] rally participants are guided by the famous slogan of ‘let’s wrest back the loot from plunderers and thieves and hand it out to the people,’” says the paper.