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“We must manage to make the whole word understand that [Azerbaijani President Ilham] Aliyev’s action is unforgivable, 100 times more unforgivable than the crime committed by [Ramil] Safarov,” writes “Hraparak.” The paper believes that Armenia should also end any further negotiations on Karabakh with Aliyev. “Aliyev no longer has the right to participate in the discussion of an issue where the fate of an Armenian is decided, just as Hitler would not have been allowed into discussions on the Jewish Holocaust,” it says.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” dismisses the Armenian parliament sitting on the Safarov affair as a “tragicomedy.” The paper says nothing important happened at the National Assembly on Wednesday apart from “a few constructive and substantiated speeches” that were delivered by opposition lawmakers.

“Hayastani Hanrapetutyun” quotes Aleksandr Konovalov, the director of a Moscow-based think-tank, as saying that Azerbaijan cannot resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by force. Konovalov also says that a formal recognition of Karabakh’s independence by Armenia “would not change the situation” on the ground. “Tension would certainly rise but there can be no forcible solution for Azerbaijan in any case,” he says.

“Armenia is a member of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO),” continues Konovalov. “It’s not a very strong structure but [CSTO membership] can be regarded as certain Russian guarantees. Azerbaijan will hardly decide to solve the [Karabakh] issue on its own, through the use of military force. And the Armenian army will not sit idly by, while Karabakh is a consolidated society capable of fighting and defending itself.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” says Aliyev pardoned and promoted Safarov to make Azerbaijanis forget that he is a “dictator president who closes newspapers in his country, jails bloggers, misappropriates the national wealth and so on.” The paper says that from Aliyev’s perspective these political benefits outweigh the international criticism directed at his regime.

(Hovannes Shoghikian)
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