“168 Zham” says that angry statements by senior representatives of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) have made the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) so “meek” that it now blames the media for its latest tensions with the HHK. (The spat was provoked by Dashnaktsutyun leader Armen Rustamian’s claim that Armenia’s political leadership is “discredited.”) The paper says Dashnaktsutyun is also wrong to fault the media for portraying its power-sharing negotiations with President Serzh Sarkisian’s party as political horse-trading. It says that Dashnaktsutyun is now seeking a hefty “compensation” from Sarkisian for leaving the opposition camp, supporting his constitutional reform and “defending fraud” in the December 6 referendum.
“That may be normal, even if it does not fit into any political logic. But it is abnormal when they attempt to present that horse-trading to the public as a major step by a political force which is allegedly concerned with the country’s and the nation’s problems and is making a sacrifice for the sake of the people,” concludes “168 Zham.”
“Zhamanak” claims that “differences” between Sarkisian and Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian are seriously complicating the power-sharing agreement with Dashnaktsutyun. “That there is serious discord within the HHK on this issue is evident from the fact that the HHK has still not managed to make a decision,” writes the paper. A “clash of interests” of Sarkisian and Abrahamian is the main reason for this discord, it says.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” complains that Sarkisian and his political allies have spent the last few weeks discussing terms of their deal with Dashnaktsutyun instead of dealing with grave economic challenges facing Armenia. “That may be important for them, but it has nothing to with [genuine] politics,” says the paper.
“Zhoghovurd” reports that Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov has lambasted the U.S., Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group for warning the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) against passing pro-Azerbaijani resolutions on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The paper says that Azerbaijan has still not come to terms with the PACE’s rejection of the more important of the two resolutions that was drafted by a pro-Azerbaijani British parliamentarian. It says that Baku may also demonstrate its frustration with the mediating powers with a fresh escalation of ceasefire violations around Karabakh.
“Aravot” criticizes, meanwhile, Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian for saying that Armenian diplomats should not be blamed for the PACE’s decision to approve the other pro-Azerbaijani resolution. The paper describes as “inappropriate” Nalbandian’s claim that the diplomats are also “soldiers” fighting against Azerbaijan. “The soldiers in the trenches constantly put their lives at risk, whereas the diplomats do not face such risks as a rule” it says.