“Hayots Ashkhar” carries an interview with Davit Harutiunian, chairman of the parliament committee on legal affairs and the head of a delegation representing Armenia’s leadership in the ongoing talks with the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “We are really ready to discuss any issue, including pre-term elections,” says Harutiunian. “If the HAK comes up with such a demand, we will discuss it. I can’t predict what results can be expected from the discussion of that issue. But it also depends on them what results those discussions will produce before the next HAK rally.”
Harutiunian does not specify whether his team has any proposals that could convince the HAK to abandon its demands for fresh elections. “The forum of the dialogue is such that the parties can present all of their demands but arrive at a different mutually acceptable conclusion as a result of discussions,” he says.
“The authorities are consistently advancing the notion that by starting new contacts with the [opposition] radicals they are creating a new political culture in our country,” editorializes “Yerkir.” “One may get the impression that the idea of dialogue is absolutely alien to the Armenian reality and that relations among political forces there have always been far from civilized.” The paper says that in fact governing coalitions and political alliances in Armenia have been formed “on the basis of dialogue.” “What is more, real dialogue has been much more open and transparent and devoid of elements characteristic of [political] shows in the past,” it says.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” ridicules Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s latest justification of the outflow of business capital from Armenia. He said last week that the Armenian authorities cannot ban it because of their “liberal economic policies.” “So this man doesn’t do anything apart from banning or not banning things,” he says. “It doesn’t even cross his mind that instead of banning the outflow of capital, one must ensure that doing business in Armenia is beneficial and that money is invested in Armenia from other countries.”
Amanda Paul, an analyst with the European Policy Center, tells “Zhamanak” that the failure of the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Kazan was “very disappointing” for the international community. “Negotiations are again developing in a negative direction, and Armenia and Azerbaijan are blaming each other for the failure of the meeting,” she says.