“If the Azerbaijanis again attack Karabakh that will mean, first of all, they have attacked me, my family, my home,” “Aravot” editor Aram Abrahamian writes in a front-page commentary. “When bandits break into your home do you think at that moment about those sitting in palaces and villas and how much they have stolen and how they have used the loot?” By the same token, says Abrahamian, hundreds of thousands of Armenians fought for their homeland, rather than Communism or Josef Stalin, during World War Two.
Hamlet Harutiunian, a Karabakh-born pro-government parliamentarian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that Azerbaijan would not recognize Karabakh’s independence even in exchange for major Armenian concessions. “Azerbaijan is negotiating and getting ready for war,” he says. “But war is not a pleasant stroll. It may even be short. But it always has very severe consequences. [Azerbaijani President Ilham] Aliyev places the interests of his dynasty way above the interests of his state and people.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” claims that the Armenian authorities themselves fuelled talk of another war with Azerbaijan to scare the domestic public into accepting the international mediators’ Karabakh peace proposals. “The war does not resume today not because the Azerbaijanis are pinning serious hopes on the negotiating process and seeking to get everything without a shot but simply because right now they are not sure they would win that war,” says the paper.
In an interview with “Hraparak,” David Babayan, the chief spokesman for Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakian, says the authorities in Stepanakert were left out of Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations because of Azerbaijan, rather than Armenia’s former President Robert Kocharian. “When one tries to associate that process with certain individuals a question arises: how could have the OSCE … changed its [negotiation] format because of one person?” he says.
Lragir.am comments on the opposition Zharangutyun party’s calls for a roundtable dialogue of Armenia’s leading political forces. “The problem is not that this initiative is probably timely for only Zharangutyun and not the political field, the public or the state,” writes the online publication. “Zharangutyun seems to have missed something: Nagorno-Karabakh. How come we demand that the world return Karabakh to the negotiating table when we ourselves forget about Karabakh at our own negotiating table? … Before it is too late, Zharangutyun should correct that mistake and send an invitation to Karabakh as well because the fate of the two Armenian states is so closely interconnected because it is impossible to discuss one without the other.”