Writing ahead of the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Vienna, “Hraparak” expresses hope that it will help to defuse tensions around Nagorno-Karabakh and along Armenia’ border with Azerbaijan. “Maybe the long-awaited peace in our region depends on that meeting,” says the paper.
“Aravot” also views the Vienna talks as a chance to shore up the ceasefire and kick-start the Karabakh peace process. The paper says that even after the end of hostilities in Karabakh on April 5 Azerbaijan has continued its “aggressive policy.” It wonders whether international mediators will pressure Baku to stick to the 1994 truce and agree to third-party investigations of its possible violations.
Speaking to Hetq.am, General Samvel Karapetian, the deputy commander of Karabakh’s Defense Army, says that Azerbaijan planned to make much bigger territorial gains when it went on offensive on April 2. “We always knew that our soldiers are so good,” he says. “We always said that this generation will do more than we did.”
“For many years, it seemed to us that we can rely solely on Russia for external security and at the same time hold intensive negotiations on political association with the European Union,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “The Armenian authorities for years presented that as a manifestation of their unique dexterity. It turned out in the end that they were badly mistaken. As a result, Armenia’ European association ended overnight but it was too late. Azerbaijan already capitalized on our mistake and signed weapons acquisition contracts with Russia worth several billion dollars.”