“Zhamanak” quotes Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian as urging international mediators on Wednesday to “restore the Nagorno-Karabakh people’s right to self-determination.” “What the Armenian defense minister said is Armenia’s and Karabakh’s business,” comments the paper. “The Karabakh people’s right to self-determination must primarily be respected by Armenia and Karabakh. Only then will the outside world recognize and respect that right.” That, the paper says, requires the creation of a “dignified and civilized state.”
“168 Zham” reports that Orinats Yerkir Party leader Artur Baghdasarian on Wednesday defended the Armenian government’s policy on Russia and said that Russia is selling natural gas to Armenia at a very low price. “Baghdasarian is thereby trying to show that Russia is a friend of the Armenian people and that Armenia’s enemies and plunderers are inside the country,” writes the paper. It says that this is in tune with the discourse of other opposition parties represented in the Armenian parliament. None of them has dared to criticize the Russian energy giants present in Armenia, complains the paper.
“Zhoghovurd” says some observers suggested last month that the presidents of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan gave Serzh Sarkisian until July 1 to make more concessions to Azerbaijan on the Karabakh issue in time for their deadline for the drafting of an accession treaty between Armenia and their Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). The paper says the fact that Armenia’s membership in the Russian-led union has been repeatedly delayed suggests that “the Armenian authorities are resisting for the time being and do not seem intent on bowing to the pressure anytime soon.” “This means that we should expect more and more challenges and possibly an unplanned resumption of hostilities in Karabakh,” it claims. “Russia is now more ready than ever before to do everything to deploy Russian peacekeeping troops in Karabakh and thus overrun not only Armenia and Artsakh but also Azerbaijan.”
Davit Harutiunian, the chief of the government staff, tells “Hraparak” that it is still not known whether Armenia will be transformed into a parliamentary republic as a result of a constitutional reform initiated by President Sarkisian. Harutiunian says he personally supports a switch to the parliamentary form of governance provided that is accompanied by a reform of Armenia’s electoral system.