Presidential press secretary Vahe Gabrielian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the Minsk Group co-chairs did not bring new peace proposals during their visit to the region last week. “It is obvious that there is a need to increase the effectiveness of the dialogue between the two presidents and put the negotiating process on a more regular footing. We are ready for more active negotiations,” Gabrielian says.
Commenting on statements made by the mediators, “Hayots Ashkhar” says it is obvious that the Paris and Key West principles remain at the heart of the peace talks. “The co-chairs’ new ideas at least do not contradict interests of the Armenian side. On the whole, the initiative in the current negotiating marathon is firmly in Armenia’s hands,” it says.
But according to “Aravot,” the co-chairs’ visit further complicated the peace process. The paper points to Russian diplomat Nikolay Gribkov’s comparison between the Nagorno-Karabakh settlement and a mathematical problem which is impossible to resolve. “Doesn’t such a parallel mean that the Karabakh conflict is also impossible to resolve. Maybe this is the new idea agreed by the Armenian and Azerbaijani leaders to the joy of the co-chairs,” the paper notes sarcastically.
Human rights activist Vartan Harutiunian tells “Aravot” that the trial of former prison chief Mushegh Saghatelian does not reflect a government desire to put an end to the widespread mistreatment of detainees. At least, the number of such instances has not decreased in the past several years, Harutiunian says. “But why are they dealing with Mushegh Saghatelian only?” he asks and gives the following answer: “If he had not made any [anti-Kocharian] statements he would have become a deputy minister in the same system by now.”
“Robert humiliates Robert,” reads a headline in “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper says Robert Kocharian’s harsh criticism of the Yerevan municipality voiced on Tuesday initially left no doubts that Mayor Robert Nazarian’s political career is over. But Kocharian changed his tone by the end of the meeting, saying that Nazarian will keep his job. Still, Nazarian was left “humiliated and destroyed.”
A member of the Central Election Commission, Armenuhi Zohrabian, says Sunday’s municipal election in the southern town of Armavir was marred with turmoil in the local election commission. “If the local and the upcoming national elections are also organized in such a manner that will be a disgrace,” Zohrabian tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.”