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“Haykakan Zhamanak” says the forthcoming international fact-finding mission to territories around Nagorno-Karabakh is “not changing anything in the essence of the resolution of the Karabakh conflict.” The paper says Azerbaijan is interested in the very fact of the mission because it wants to “once again reaffirm its sovereignty over those territories.” The results of that mission are therefore not that important for Baku, it says.

Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” deputy parliament speaker Samvel Nikoyan dismisses opposition “preconditions” for the start of a dialogue between Armenia’s leadership and its political opponents. “What they are proposing is not even a precondition, it’s an ultimatum to the authorities,” Nikoyan says, pointing to opposition statements that a dialogue can only center on regime change. “No problem. They can talk about that for three or ten more years,” he adds.

“Political warfare and political hatred have replaced political competition,” Artur Baghdasarian, the leader of the pro-government Orinats Yerkir Party, tells “Irates de facto.” Baghdasarian assures the paper that he and his party have never bought votes or engaged in “intrigues.”

“Irates de facto” also quotes political analyst Armen Badalian as saying that there are only three “influential forces” in Armenian politics: the Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the Armenian National Congress (HAK). He says other parties such as Orinats Yerkir and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) can already be “written off.” Badalian claims that Orinats Yerkir’s Baghdasarian lost most of his popular backing when he teamed up with Serzh Sarkisian following the 2008 presidential election.

Lragir.am suggests sarcastically that former parliament speaker Tigran Torosian and Arevik Petrosian, who resigned as vice-speaker on Monday, set up an organization uniting “victims” of the governing coalition and protecting its members’ rights with “European grants.” “That there will be more victims is probably out of question,” says the online paper. It says the fate of Torosian and Petrosian shows that no state official in Armenia can feel confident about their future.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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