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“Hraparak” says that this summer is proving “hotter” than the last one, and not only weather-wise. “Things were relatively calm at this time of last year, even though the wind of the [Turkish-Armenian] football diplomacy was already blowing,” editorializes the paper. It sees a similar flurry of international diplomatic activity unfolding now over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict: “proposals, statements and ultimatums.” “Will all this reach its logical conclusion or meet the fate of the Turkish-Armenian normalization process? What is clear is that the current president [of Armenia] sees no resources for effecting changes within the country and is therefore focused on foreign policy.”

Razmik Zohrabian, a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton highlighted Washington’s “new foreign policy” with her visit to Ukraine and the South Caucasus states. He says it is “substantially different” from the previous U.S. administration’s policy towards the region. “Particularly important is the fact that Madam Secretary of State did not find it important to meet with the opposition in Armenia,” adds Zohrabian. “Although the [opposition] radicals harbored such hopes, they were left disappointed and can not hide their confusion. Hillary Clinton clearly demonstrated [the United States] will no longer be seeking color revolutions and will be urging oppositionists to be more constructive and tolerant and will be meaningfully cooperating with the authorities.”

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” hits out at pro-government nationalist groups branding as traitors those opposition forces and figures that press Western structures to make the Armenian authorities comply with their commitments on democracy and human rights. The paper claims that the authorities themselves are interested in seeing strong international pressure on Armenia. It says “external dangers” to the country make it easier for them to distract the domestic public from their failings and abuses.

“Azg” quotes parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian as criticizing Mevlut Cavusoglu, the president of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), for claiming that he is unaware of any belligerent statements made by Azerbaijan recently. “One is at least bewildered to see PACE President Cavusoglu say that he is not informed about important developments related to the Karabakh problem,” Abrahamian told the Armenpress news agency on Tuesday. “Developments which the international community has publicly discussed for the past two weeks … If that is true, it only bears out the Armenian side’s assertion that no PACE body is competent enough to deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”

“Aravot” reports that Davit Harutiunian, the head of the Armenian delegation at the PACE, has attacked Goran Lindblad, the PACE’s newly appointed co-rapporteur on Armenia, for describing Armenian opposition members remaining in prison as political prisoners. Harutiunian denounced Lindblad’s statement as an example of “political immaturity.” He also warned of a “serious crisis in the existing cooperation between Armenia and the PACE.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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