“Hayots Ashkhar” says that President Serzh Sarkisian has strived to reach out to his opponents and other disgruntled Armenians throughout his three-year presidency. The pro-presidential paper says his overtures to the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) are but the latest manifestation of that policy. “For its part, the HAK … has reconsidered its antagonistic approaches but because of some ambitions probably expects a peculiar dialogue status, at the level of delegations,” it says disapprovingly.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Sarkisian seems intent on continuing the dialogue with the HAK “in an informal way.” “A question arises: what is the reason for the change in the authorities’ position?” says the pro-HAK paper. “We think there are two main reasons for that. First, the events of May were kind of defeatist for the authorities, and they are now keen to restore confidence in them with a toughening of their position … Second, the authorities, unlike the HAK, simply don’t have their own agenda of negotiations.”
According to “Yerkir,” the declared dialogue between the government and the HAK is becoming “pathetic” and that is natural. “If somebody tries to further their parochial interests under the guise of public interests and by exploiting the name of the people, they will find themselves in deadlock after those demands are satisfied,” writes the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says government-controlled TV stations in Armenia have praised the HAK and its dialogue with government of late. The opposition paper claims that the government is thus trying to “depress” Armenians in the hope of warding off a wave of popular protests organized by the HAK. “In any case, dialogue is always better than conflict,” it says in an editorial. “If an issue can be solved through dialogue it must not be solved through confrontation. The key word in the latter sentence is ‘to solve.’ In this sense, one must stop this meaningless euphoria about the dialogue. We must all understand that the dialogue is a chance to avoid upheavals. But nobody can guarantee that this chance will be utilized.”
“Kapital” sees a delay in the implementation of three Armenian-Iranian energy projects worth over $600 million between them. The paper refers to the planned construction of Armenian-Iranian hydro-electric plants, a fuel pipeline and a high-voltage electricity transmission line.