Reporting on Thursday’s rally by the Armenian National Congress (HAK), “Zhamanak” says HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian did not specify the actions that the opposition bloc will take if President Serzh Sarkisian rejects his latest ultimatum. “The Congress leader stated only that after the expiry of the [early September] deadline the Congress will be left with only one demand: the resignation of Serzh Sarkisian and his coalition,” editorializes the paper. It says Ter-Petrosian’s real message to the authorities was that he is ready to settle for fresh parliamentary elections and let Sarkisian complete his five-year term in office.
“With yesterday’s rally, Ter-Petrosian solved only one issue,” writes “Yerkir.” “He agreed to let the authorities continue their joint game until September. It was obvious that he didn’t make this decision easily because of internal resistance within the Congress which had a public manifestation this time around. The Congress determined the date of the next rally during Thursday’s rally, something which wasn’t done before.”
“Levon Ter-Petrosian’s traditionally calm and witty discourse was yesterday marked by jittery overtones,” editorializes “Hraparak.” “Perhaps the reason for that was falling numbers of rally participants. Or maybe the unexpected failure of the unfolding dialogue process. Or maybe Armenia’s first president sees no future for his movement or our country in general.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” continues to comment on the June 24 meeting of the Armenian, Azerbaijani and Russian presidents in Kazan. “A democratic resource acquired by our country, coupled with a constructive negotiating stance, allowed Armenia’s leadership to corner the enemy, to force it to kill with its own hands a package of compromise proposals submitted by the mediators,” claims the pro-presidential paper. It also says that the failure of the Kazan summit increased the likelihood of another Armenian-Azerbaijani war for Karabakh, adding that continued dialogue between the Armenian government and opposition will be even more important in these circumstances. The paper says the two rival camps should build on their “gains made in the first half of the year” and reach common ground on the Karabakh issue.