“Some people thought that as soon as delegations from the two sides sit at the negotiation table an agreement on pre-term elections will be reached or power will be handed over to the opposition on a silver tray,” “Hraparak” writes, commenting on the start of negotiations between the Armenian government and the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “One thing is clear: the opposition is winning for now.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the success of this dialogue would have important implications for the course of Armenia’s next parliamentary elections. More specifically, says the paper, the election campaign would be far less negative than the previous ones. “In other words, we could witness a reasonable self-restriction of mutual criticism,” it says. “The more far-sighted politicians take this fact into account and are already toning down their statements … or trying not to talk about their rivals at all.”
“The purpose of the dialogue is not to reach agreement on every issue,” Davit Harutiunian, the head of the government delegation in the talks, tells “Aravot.” “But we must understand the causes of every issue and look for possible ways. Regardless of whether the next elections will be regular or pre-term, it is essential to make the political environment more sound. Not all issues are regulated by law. There are issues that are also regulated by agreements, joint statements.”
“Yerkir” says Azerbaijan’s chances of becoming a member of the UN Security Council have increased of late. “It emerged recently that Armenia no longer wants to be voted for membership in the Security Council in 2011-2012,” writes the paper. “By contrast, Azerbaijan is conducting serious diplomatic work in that direction. Armenia made a mistake by not vying for a council seat which is now sought by Azerbaijan and two members of the European Union.” It claims that Yerevan is thus facilitating Azerbaijan’s membership in the Security Council.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian’s son Artur was among 15 soldiers injured in a bus accident in Nagorno-Karabakh last week. The paper says Ohanian and two other soldiers were taken to a military hospital in Yerevan.