“Aravot” says that the majority of Armenians now oppose the U.S., Russian and French mediators’ Basic Principles of the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because of the April 2-5 fighting in the conflict zone. “The four-day war demonstrated that the neighboring state [Azerbaijan] would take any opportunity to wipe out Armenians in the most barbaric way and that the implementation of the proposed peace plans would lead to a lasting and bloody war, rather than peace,” editorializes the paper. “The Armenian authorities must not only say No to those plans but also explain their further foreign policy steps to the public.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” quotes Aghvan Vartanian, a leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), as saying on Thursday that his nationalist party would not object to some Armenian territorial concessions to Azerbaijan. The paper says that for many years Dashnaktsutyun has branded as a traitor anyone in Armenia who would advocate a compromise peace deal with Azerbaijan.
“Zhamanak” says that the “four-day war” in Nagorno-Karabakh made the implementation of sweeping political and economic reforms in Armenia even more urgent. The paper says that they are vital for confronting increased security challenges emanating from the Karabakh dispute. This means, it says, liberalizing the economy, combatting corruption and strengthening the broader rule of law in the country.
“Zhoghovurd” accuses the Russian government of using the sizable Armenian community in Russia as a “baton against Armenia.” The paper claims that Moscow will rely on that tactic more heavily in response to recent days’ anti-Russian demonstrations outside the Russian Embassy in Yerevan.