“Zhamanak” believes that the latest Armenian-Azerbaijani summit on Nagorno-Karabakh was initiated by the West. “But one must have no doubts that this initiative too will not prove successful,” writes the paper. “In this regard, the West also does not have illusions. Their task is not to clinch something from [Serzh] Sarkisian or [Ilham] Aliyev or both of them but simply to weaken a sense of Russia’s geopolitical expansion existing in the region. The Karabakh conflict is a convenient tool in this endeavor.”
“168 Zham” suggests ahead of their latest meeting in Vienna that the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents will continue to negotiate over the so-called Madrid Principles of a Karabakh settlement that were put forward by the U.S., Russian and French mediators years ago. The paper argues that the mediators have not come up with a new peace plan since the last Aliyev-Sarkisian meeting held in January 2012. “Armenia has repeatedly said that it is ready to agree to a Karabakh settlement within the framework of the Madrid Principles, while Azerbaijan has scuttled the signing of peace agreements on several occasions by setting additional conditions,” it says. The paper adds that the key question now is whether Aliyev will set more such conditions in Vienna.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” looks at “numerous statements” on Karabakh which it says have been made from the United States over the past month. The paper says those statements have given a false impression that the conflicting parties are again close to cutting a peace deal. It also notes that unlike the Americans, Russia’s leaders have barely spoken of the Karabakh dispute in recent weeks.
“Negotiations cannot have tangible results as long as the Artsakh Republic, as a party to the conflict, is not directly involved in the negotiating process,” Ara Harutiunian, the Karabakh prime minister, tells “Zhoghovurd” in reference to the Vienna talks.