“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” believes that the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) has effectively split from the de facto alliance of opposition parties represented in Armenia’s parliament. The pro-opposition paper dismisses Dashnaktsutyun leaders’ assurances that they will continue to cooperate with the Armenian National Congress (HAK), the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) and the Zharangutyun party on issues other than constitutional reform. It goes as far as to claim that Dashnaktsutyun should no longer be considered an opposition party.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that Dashnaktsutyun is inevitably chided by the three parties and media outlets sympathetic to them. “Things have not yet reached a point of large-scale attack,” writes the paper. “But one day we will probably witness that as well. The pretext is obvious: Dashnaktsutyun is in favor of the process of constitutional reforms.” It says that some media close to the HAK have already speculated that Dashnaktsutyun will be offered government posts in return for backing the reforms initiated by President Serzh Sarkisian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” says a close look at the publicized elements of a peace accord drafted by the co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group will lead one to conclude that “the international community recognizes the Karabakh people’s right to self-determination.” “The co-chairs say that Karabakh’s future status must be determined through the expression of the Karabakh people’s will, namely a referendum,” writes the paper. “But when we get deeper into wordings several issues arise. In particular, when the co-chairs say ‘the people of Karabakh’ they mean not only Armenians living there but also Azerbaijanis who lived there in 1988.” Presumably the latter should also be able to participate in the proposed referendum.
The co-chairs’ Basic Principles of a peaceful settlement uphold their right to return to Karabakh. “This clause raises many more questions,” continues “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “It is impossible or extremely difficult to answer most of them.”