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“Zhamanak” criticizes the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) for not intervening in the latest deadly fighting on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border. The paper claims that Azerbaijani “sabotage” attacks on Armenian army positions are an act of aggression against Armenia. It says that the CSTO has not even condemned those attacks or backed Armenia. “This testifies to the fact that the CSTO has absolutely nothing to do with Armenia’s security and is just a tool in Russia’s hands with which that country wants to keep post-Soviet states, including Armenia, under control,” it says.

“With such behavior the Azerbaijanis are suffering much bigger casualties,” Former Defense Minister Mikael Harutiunian tells “Zhoghovurd.” “For us the life of one soldier is dearer than that of a dozen of their soldiers, and of course we don’t want Armenian soldiers and civilians to die on the borders.” Harutiunian insists that Azerbaijan cannot resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by force for three reasons. “First, they are not prepared for that. Second, we are not weaker than Azerbaijan. Third, the international community will not allow a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” says the retired army general.

“Hayots Ashkhar” deplores the “indifference” shown by Armenian political parties towards the latest clashes on the border. The paper points out that only one party, the opposition Free Democrats, has issued a statement on the fighting. Also, a spokesman for the ruling Republican Party (HHK) has commented on the matter through the media. “The other political forces have been silent,” it says. “Why? Is that a normal behavior? We think it’s not.”

“Yerkir” says the daily skirmishes sharply contrast with internal political developments in Armenia. “It looks like there is no realization of the external danger,” the paper complains. “It doesn’t look that the society is prepared for the most undesirable developments because the axis that is obliged to ensure that atmosphere -- the state authority -- has grown so isolated from the society, so confined to a rosy reality which it created for itself that it is almost fully alienated and lost self-confidence.”

“War rhetoric is becoming the norm,” writes “Hraparak.” “Visits by high-ranking Americans have ceased to play a restraining role. The parties are making no statements addressed to the international community. They seem to have lost faith in the latter’s peace efforts.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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