Arman Melikian, a former Karabakh foreign minister, tells “Aravot” that the latest shootings on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border were also a challenge to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and Russia. “It will be interesting to see the CSTO’s and Russia’s real reaction and that reaction must be demanded by Armenia,” says Melikian. “This is a challenge that must be countered in a very strict manner.” He claims that Baku sought to “prove that the CSTO is unable to adequately react to existing security challenges.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Azerbaijan violated the truce this week more than a hundred kilometers away from the Karabakh frontline, on the Armenian-Azerbaijani frontier. “The main reason for that is that Robert Kocharian took Karabakh out of the negotiating process and it meant as a result that the conflict is between Armenia and Azerbaijan,” claims the opposition daily. “After that fateful mistake it doesn’t really matter if the Azerbaijanis shoot at Stepanakert or villages in Tavush. In both cases the international community considers that to be a ceasefire violation without taking into account the fact that Azerbaijan is unleashing an aggression against an internationally recognized independent state.”
Interviewed by “168 Zham,” Davit Harutiunian, a senior parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), criticizes an official from the OSCE office in Yerevan for stating that the Armenian opposition has reason to demand the publication of the lists of voters taking part in elections. “He is not an expert, he is an ordinary bureaucrat in that system,” Harutiunian tells the paper. “Expert evaluations by bureaucrats is a very dangerous phenomenon. If he wants to work as an expert I would advise him to change pan-European rules, rather than engage in experiments in Armenia and set special requirements for Armenia that are considered inadmissible in Europe.”
“Yerkir” scoffs at Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s remark that Armenia has opted for an “evolutionary path” of reforms. The paper says reforms supposedly carried out by his government in the last four years have produced only one tangible result: “Some services provided by the state have been made electronic,” it says in an editorial. “If this is what he calls evolutionary development then nobody should envy us.”
Khachatur Kokobelian, the chairman of the opposition Free Democrats party, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that he stands for close cooperation with the two other opposition groups represented in the parliament: the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) and the Armenian National Congress (HAK). Kokobelian also welcomes the Prosperous Armenia Party’s decision not to join the new government formed by President Serzh Sarkisian.