(Saturday, April 3)
“Zhamanak” says the Armenian government’s foreign policy initiatives have led nowhere. “Obviously, as long as the situation inside the country is based on personal agreements and relationships, shadowy rules of palace intrigues, rather than a public-state order envisaged by the constitution and the state, the situation will always be hopeless, both inside and outside the country,” claims the pro-opposition paper. That is why, it says, the Armenian opposition is right to demand snap elections.
“It is obvious that Robert Kocharian can not become a president by means of normal elections,” writes “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “He twice contested presidential elections in Armenia and on both occasions he fully utilized all possible and impossible government levers and even after that got so few votes that they had to call a second round. Now Kocharian knows that he can come to power only through of a coup. Kocharian knows that a coup is possible only in case of unacceptable concessions on the Karabakh issue.” All this leads the pro-opposition paper to conclude that President Serzh Sarkisian is planning to sign a “disgraceful” peace accord with Azerbaijan.
Hrayr Karapetian, chairman of the Armenian parliament’s committee on defense and security, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that renewed war in Karabakh is unlikely at present. “It is also wrong to endlessly point to Azerbaijan’s military budget,” says Karapetian. “When Azerbaijan unleashed a war in the past, it already had more soldiers and was better armed and the political situation was favorable to it. But it lost. Now Azerbaijan does not have such advantages. Our army is incomparably stronger, more combat-ready and disciplined.”
David Jamalian, a psychologist and member of the Armenian Defense Ministry’s Public Council, tells “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” that the unresolved conflict with Azerbaijan keeps up a high level of stress in Armenian society. “We know who our potential enemy is, but we don’t know when war will break out, which sometimes causes alarm,” explains Jamalian. “A society being in such a mental state can be easily manipulated, which is what our enemy is trying to do. But it’s one thing to terrorize people for psychological ploys and another thing to provoke a war. Wars do not start with such statements these days.”