(Saturday, June 18)
“As a result of a dialogue between the authorities and the opposition, whatever form it takes, the kleptocracy will not be dismantled, democracy will not be established, oligopolies will not be eliminated, corruption will not decrease, the socioeconomic situation will not improve,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Disproportionately optimistic expectations are as dangerous as blanket cynicism. That process can lead to pre-term or regular elections. Fresh elections are hardly the raison d’etre of Armenia’s citizens. But the progressive segment of our society understands that if election results are even partly credible, that will a big step forward which will open new prospects for our country.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” claims that the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) is “showing obvious signs of confusion” after President Serzh Sarkisian’s latest statement on how that dialogue should proceed. The paper backs government arguments against the launch of formal negotiations between the authorities and the HAK.
“Yerkir” insists that the dialogue declared by the two sides has nothing to do with the democratization and stabilization of the country’s political life. The paper says each side is only intent on fooling the other and thus gaining political dividends. “As far the parochial interests of political forces fighting against each other in an uncompromising manner are concerned, the parties’ steps absolutely understandable,” it says. “But what does the country, the state, the society gain from such a dialogue?”
Interviewed by “Kapital,” Armen Martirosian, a leader of the opposition Zharangutyun (Heritage), challenges the notion that the HAK and the ruling Republican Party of the Armenia (HHK) are the country’s two main political forces. “Nobody in Armenia can say today what the degree of their public trust is,” he says.
Yevgeni Kirilov, a Bulgarian member of the European Parliament, tells “Zhamanak” that both Armenia and Azerbaijan regard the European Union as an “impartial partner” and a “guarantor of security in the conflict zone.” “The European Union could become the leading player in a peacekeeping mission [around Karabakh,] of course, by cooperating with those structures that would be willing to assist in that endeavor,” he is quoted as saying. “The European Union could have a substantial contribution to economic reforms and is ready to assist the parties in post-conflict development.”