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“Zhamanak” sees no concrete agreements reached by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan at their meeting in Vienna on Tuesday. The paper says international mediators only succeeded in getting the negotiating process back on track.

“Zhoghovurd” says the Vienna talks marked a certain “movement” in the process, arguing that Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham Aliyev agreed to meet again in the coming months. “They are now trying to show that they are interested in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and ready for concrete steps regarding the Madrid Principles,” writes the paper.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says that the conflicting parties have so far said nothing about the latest Armenian-Azerbaijani summit. “They have probably not yet been told from Moscow what agreements were reached by them,” the paper comments tartly. “In all likelihood, the Vienna meeting was very important and that is the reason why nothing is said, even in general terms, about the meeting.” It speculates that Armenians will be informed about an unpopular peace deal with Azerbaijan at the last minute so that they have no time to protest against it.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” condemns law-enforcement authorities for deciding to subject Shant Harutiunian, the arrested leader of anti-government protesters who clashed with riot police in Yerevan on November 5, to psychiatric examination. “Thus Serzh Sarkisian and his law-enforcers have again proved just how predictable, bankrupt and devoid of imagination they are,” the paper says. It notes that many Soviet dissidents were also declared mentally ill and forcibly kept in psychiatric clinics by the Communist regime.

“Hayots Ashkhar,” meanwhile, blasts those government critics who praise Harutiunian and try to justify his actions. “It turns out that for the sake of the country’s welfare one has to attack policemen and smash their heads,” says the pro-presidential paper.

Lragir.am says that Armenian parties challenging the government have become “apolitical and egocentric” structures that have lost touch with the people. The online paper says this fact was exposed by their leaders’ participation in last week’s demonstrations against the government’s controversial pension reform that mostly brought together middle class workers involved in the information technology sector. “Can Armenia’s middle class organize itself and achieve social justice? The demise of the country’s neoliberal oligarchy and a fair distribution of national wealth depend on this a well,” it says.

(Karlen Aslanian)
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