(Saturday, June 25)
“Hraparak” says that many Armenians took a sigh of relief after the failure of the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Kazan. The paper believes that a continued deadlock in the Karabakh peace process is not necessarily good for the Armenian side. “Stalling for time can be useful only in one case: if we make the situation favorable to us. Frankly, we don’t think that’s the case,” it says in an editorial.
“Yerkir” says that never before has the Karabakh Armenian leadership expressed its opposition to the mediators’ current peace proposals in such explicit terms. “It had given the impression that the policy pursued by Armenia during negotiations [with Azerbaijan] is acceptable to the NKR,” writes the paper. “But the latest, unusually strong reaction from Artsakh’s state and public circles testifies to a carefully hidden rift between the positions of the two Armenian states that has existed for the past three years.” It says the Stepanakert government has also contributed to this rift with its prolonged “silence.”
“In Armenia, there is no political force or organization that fully trusts Serzh Sarkisian on the Karabakh issue,” claims “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” The opposition paper says that if there was such trust political parties and pressure groups would not have expressed concerns ahead of the Kazan meeting.
Alexander Arzumanian, an opposition leader and former foreign minister, tells “Aravot” that the outcome of that meeting was absolutely predictable. He makes the point that both parties to the conflict remain unprepared for a peace deal and that “nothing could have been signed” in Kazan.
Lyudmila Harutiunian, a senior member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), is quoted by Lragir.am as dismissing Sarkisian’s statements excluding the possibility of fresh elections in Armenia. She says that Sarkisian could not have acknowledged his inevitable “capitulation” to the HAK in his speech at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg last week. “That doesn’t mean that he is not going to do that … and will not eventually have to hold fresh elections,” she claims.