“Zhamanak” predicts that Armenia’s leadership will contest the next parliamentary elections with several lists of candidates. “Just how they will look is difficult to say for certain right now,” says the paper. It also dismisses President Serzh Sarkisian’s recent pledges to democratize the country’s political system and bolster the rule of law. The paper claims that democratization would pose a grave threat to Sarkisian’s support base.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” discusses the Armenian government’s refusal to negotiate with the Armenian National Congress (HAK) in the format favored by the opposition alliance. “Maybe they don’t have worthy representatives,” says the pro-HAK daily. “They have only one goal: to stall for time. They can stall for time through a Karabakh blackmail, with new parties set up by various disgruntled [former HAK] figures, with speeches by analysts of different caliber, with intrigues by small and big clients.”
Artak Davtian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that there can be no productive dialogue as long as the HAK demands fresh elections in an uncompromising fashion. Davtian says these demands are at odds with HAK leaders’ assurances about their commitment to national unity and civilized political struggle.
In an interview with “Kapital,” a senior member of the HAK, Vladimir Karapetian, expresses concern about recent developments in the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiating process. Karapetian notes that Karabakh’s leadership still refuses to clarify its position on the basic principles of the conflict’s resolution proposed by the U.S., Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. “They justify this behavior with a claim that they are not informed about the essence of the document,” he says. “But when the mediators go to Stepanakert, they talk not about nice scenery but the document containing the basic principles of the conflict’s resolution. So it is obvious that the Karabakh authorities are well aware of the document. It is very desirable they more actively present the Karabakh president’s position on the document through the media.”