For “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun,” the key question in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace talks is whether the Armenians will get adequate security guarantees in return for withdrawing from Azerbaijani territories surrounding the disputed enclave. “For us, the liberated territories play the role of a security zone,” explains the paper. “If international peacekeeping forces replace Armenian troops there, can we be sure that our security is guaranteed?” It also wonders what will happen if the Karabakh Armenians defy Armenia and refuse to pull out of those areas.
Deputy Foreign Minister Shavarsh Kocharian skirts such questions in an interview with “Iravunk.” “One could talk about possible mutual concessions if agreement is reached on two issues,” he says. “First and foremost, the level of Nagorno-Karabakh’s sovereignty must be higher than it is today.” Kocharian says the size of a multinational peacekeeping force and details of its deployment would be discussed only after the conflicting parties agree on Karabakh’s status and security guarantees. “After that the Azerbaijani Republic and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic could negotiate over territories,” he says.
Armen Rustamian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), assures “Aravot” that there is no “crisis” yet in Armenia’s relations with the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). “But it is obvious that there are impending dangers [for Armenia,]” he says. Rustamian, who is a member of the Armenian parliamentary delegation at the PACE, argues that the assembly’s Monitoring Committee has yet to hold a “full-fledged discussion” of outstanding issues regarding Armenia’s compliance with PACE resolutions. While criticizing the Armenian authorities’ “shortcomings,” Rustamian insists that Armenian opposition members remaining in jail are not political prisoners.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that the United States has stopped “interfering in the internal affairs” of former Soviet states under President Barack Obama. The paper claims that the Obama administration has abandoned its predecessor’s “policy of exporting color revolutions” due to “a number of internal and external factors.”