“They anticipate in Azerbaijan that the Armenian National Congress (HAK) will help the Armenian authorities make concessions [in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,]” writes “Yerkir.” “At first, they hoped in Azerbaijan that the HAK will resort to revolutionary actions that will be followed by a destabilization of the political situation. But they then noted with disappointment that the Armenians, unlike the Azerbaijanis, have realized that the destabilization would create difficulties on the Karabakh front. Azerbaijani political scientists now hope that an HHK-HAK tandem will be formed, presuming that the Congress will help the Republicans press ahead with concrete agreements with Azerbaijan on the Karabakh issue.”
“True, there is one slightly encouraging fact,” continues “Yerkir.” “The Congress and the authorities will hardly agree on anything before the Kazan meeting of the presidents of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia. That means one can hope that nothing serious will be signed there.”
“Serzh Sarkisian’s rejection of a dialogue format proposed by Levon Ter-Petrosian was not unexpected,” writes “Hraparak.” “Otherwise, it would mean accepting that there are two legally equal forces in the country: the government and the Armenian National Congress.” The paper says that from Sarkisian’s perspective the dialogue is a mutually beneficial process that does not have to be formalized.
In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Galust Sahakian, the parliamentary leader of the ruling HHK, dismisses opposition suggestions that in his Friday statement Sarkisian implied that the authorities have effectively formed a delegation that will negotiate with the HAK. “They have to say that because on the one hand they are pressed for time and on the other hand the political scene is such that they just can’t reject [the president’s terms,]” says Sahakian. “Especially after the clear emphases put by the president.” He adds that the authorities are ready to “listen to proposals coming from all political forces.”