(Saturday, June 11)
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” dismisses the notion that Armenia’s current government and the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) have identical views on how to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The pro-HAK daily says those politicians and pundits who make claims have no clear-cut positions on the issue at all. It says they cannot come up with any peace formula that would be accepted by the international community.
“Yerkir” links the HAK’s perceived caution with the latest developments in the Karabakh peace process and the upcoming Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Kazan. The paper suggests that the next HAK rally in Yerevan will be held on the eve of the Kazan meeting or in its immediate aftermath.
Sociologist Lyudmila Harutiunian tells “Zhamanak” that a “legitimization” of President Serzh Sarkisian’s government would greatly benefit the Armenian opposition. “A legitimate and responsible government dependent on the people would be created,” she argues. Harutiunian suggests that the government also realizes the importance of gaining domestic legitimacy.
“Hayots Ashkhar” carries an interview with Artur Baghdasarian, the leader of the Orinats Yerkir Party and secretary of the presidential National Security Council. Asked whether Armenia counts on the backing of Russia and other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in case of another war in Karabakh, he says, “Today the combat readiness of the armed forces of both the NKR and Armenia is excellent … Today an aggression against any CSTO member state is considered an aggression against the entire CSTO.” Baghdasarian claims that they would not “remain indifferent to a war breaking out in the South Caucasus.” “Therefore, considering Armenia’s membership in the CSTO, we can count on an appropriate reaction and support from our CSTO allies,” he says.
Aram Sarkisian, a leading member of the HAK, is quoted by “168 Zham” as saying that Russia has always had only negative influence on Armenia’s internal political life. “The Russian Federation itself has serious problems with democracy,” he says. “Armenia is not an Arab country and changes here would directly influence Russia’s internal political life. In this sense, Russia is not quite interested in seeing changes here. But I can’t say just how big Russia’s influence on Serzh Sarkisian and the Armenian political scene is right now.”