In an interview with “Golos Armenii,” Nagorno-Karabakh President Bako Sahakian rules out a return to the situation that existed in the conflict zone in 1988 “both in terms of the status [of Karabakh] and territories.” He says Karabakh’s security is not negotiable. Sahakian signals his opposition to major territorial concessions to Azerbaijan, saying even that would not guarantee a lasting peace in the region.
“Armenia will never discuss the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with Turkey because that country has a biased approach to the issue,” Eduard Sharmazanov, a senior member of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) tells “Aravot.”
“Judging from everything, the leadership of the United States plans yet another political surprise over the Turkish-Armenian agreements during the Armenian president’s and the Turkish prime minister’s stay in Washington,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper suggests that Washington is now keen to only salvage the protocols, rather than ensure their quick implementation. That is, to “prolong the time frames for their ratification.”
“Obviously, such a prospect is not good for the Armenian side in the first instance,” continues the paper. “It has repeatedly warned of withdrawing its signature from the protocols. We think that not going to Washington would be a luxury, but going there and agreeing to some new ‘roadmap’ would mean enabling Turkey to play with its illegal Karabakh preconditions for several more years.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” speculates that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) may soon demand a vote of no confidence in Armenia’s government. The paper says Artsvik Minasian, a parliament deputy from Dashnaktsutyun, did not rule out such a possibility on Monday. It says demanding only the government’s resignation would further damage the nationalist party’s credibility. “Do the Dashnaks seriously think that [Prime Minister] Tigran Sarkisian can effect radical changes?” it asks. “Don’t they know that the most important issues, including the socioeconomic ones, are solved at the presidential administration? Of course, they do … If they really want changes in Armenia so much, then let them demand Serzh Sarkisian’s resignation.”