(Saturday, June 4)
In an interview with “Zhamanak,” Ross Wilson, a former U.S. ambassador to Turkey, says that the United States, France and Russia will not force Armenia and Azerbaijan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh in a way similar to the 1995 Dayton accord that stopped the war in Bosnia. “Every conflict has its own unique circumstances,” he is quoted as saying. “Let’s not forget that Dayton was a pronounced American initiative. In the case of Nagorno-Karabakh, the three presidents are jointly expressing concern.” Citing private conversations with U.S. diplomats, Wilson also says that the U.S. and Russia are working together on Karabakh.
“Hraparak” is at a loss to understand the reasons for what it describes as an “intense hatred” of Raffi Hovannisian’s Zharangutyun (Heritage) party existing among many leaders and members of the Armenian National Congress (HAK). The paper notes that the HAK has chosen to negotiate and possibly strike deals with the Armenian authorities, rather than a party that has always challenged them.
“I think that by demanding pre-term elections the HAK is committing a mistake,” Lyudmila Harutiunian, a well-known scholar and sociologist, tells “168 Zham.” “That would be a defeat [for the HAK] because the elections would be rigged but everyone would say afterwards that the elections were a success and the authorities would become legitimate.”
Hovannes Sahakian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the authorities will not discuss major personnel changes in the government in their upcoming dialogue with the HAK. “I don’t think that anybody in our country is inclined today to breach constitutional order and take illegal steps,” he says. “The constitution gives that power [to dismiss and appoint government officials] to the country’s president. And if somebody tries to interfere that would lead to a breach of constitutional order.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes a senior HAK member, Arman Grigorian, as saying that the Armenia co-rapporteurs of the Council Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), John Prescott and Alex Fischer, will again visit Yerevan in July. “During that mission the co-rapporteurs will be verifying how far the Armenian authorities have gone in meeting the PACE’s latest demands,” writes the paper. “There were three such demands: the release of the political prisoners the elimination of obstacles to the holding of rallies in Liberty Square, and the identification of those responsible for the ten people killed on March 1 [2008.] The first two demands have been met, while the third one has not.”