Writing in “Hraparak,” Arkady Ter-Tadevosian, a retired Armenian army general, says that Russia’s security guarantees to Armenia formalized by their latest defense agreement do not extend to Nagorno-Karabakh. “This agreement has no bearing on Karabakh,” says the prominent wartime commander. “That is why Azerbaijan is now behaving like that and taking aggressive actions on the ground.” Ter-Tadevosian also accuses the Armenian Foreign Ministry of doing little on the diplomatic front.
The ministry is also attacked by “Zhamanak,” which points to the likely adoption of a pro-Azerbaijani resolution by the United Nations General Assembly. “Maybe if the Armenian side had not worked [against the resolution] at all, just as it hadn’t in 2008, the draft resolution would have been more favorable to us,” the paper suggests tartly.
Another retired general, former Deputy Defense Minister Artur Aghabekian, explains to “168 Zham” why he thinks a much larger number of Armenians has not settled in occupied Azerbaijani territories around Karabakh. “On the one hand, settlers’ expectations have not been met because in a sense they were soldiers and should have been at the center of everybody’s attention,” says Aghabekian. “I don’t think that is right. On the other hand, the population of the NKR never realized what a powerful force the settlers can be.”
Gagik Melikian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that the September 17 rally by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) will end in “yet another disappointment.” “The times of demagoguery are gone and before taking to the streets the people look to see who they are supposed to follow, who the organizers are and what they propose,” says Melikian. “Today I don’t see anyone in the HAK whom the people are ready to follow. What is more, few people gather at such events organized sporadically. There is only a crowd of professionals demonstrators.”