“Azg” quotes an aide to Nagorno-Karabakh President Arkady Ghukasian as saying in an interview with a Stepanakert newspaper that Karabakh has grown “isolated from international processes” and complaining that European organizations are now suggesting peace formulas favoring Azerbaijan. In an apparent reference to a draft resolution to be debated by the European Parliament, Manvel Sargsian says that they run counter to the peace proposals put forward by the OSCE’s Minsk Group. He is also not quite happy with Russia’s Karabakh policy, terming it “fairly complicated and unpredictable.”
The deputy speaker of the Armenian parliament, Vahan Hovannisian, tells “Aravot” that Armenia should “work more actively” with European organizations in order to reverse that trend. Hovannisian, who is also a leading member of the Dashnaktsutyun party, says Armenian diplomatic efforts on that front have not been aggressive enough, allowing Azerbaijan to seize the initiative. “We initially thought that that does not influence the Europeans and that was true in the beginning,” he says. “But this critical mass was building up little by little and is now manifesting itself in [European] resolutions.”
The other parliament vice-speaker, Tigran Torosian, tells “Aravot” that his Republican Party (HHK) disagrees with Dashnaktsutyun’s foreign policy views expressed by its leader Hrant Markarian last week.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” considers the parliament leadership’s negotiations with the opposition as a “trap” for the latter. The paper says the authorities are keen to show the Council of Europe and other European organizations that the opposition agrees with their Karabakh policy. That is why, it says, the conflict with Azerbaijan was raised by parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian at Wednesday’s meeting with opposition deputies which was supposed to address only domestic political tensions. Baghdasarian’s press office issued a statement after the meeting saying that the two rival camps have no serious differences on Karabakh.
However, newspapers quote one of the opposition leaders, Artashes Geghamian, as saying that his National Unity Party will not cooperate with the ruling regime on the Karabakh issue. “We can never act jointly with those forces that usurped power,” he says.
According to “Hayots Ashkhar,” the opposition’s “aggressive posture” is at odds with the “quite calm” political and economic situation in Armenia. The paper says the population as a whole is indifferent to Armenian politicians and politics in general. “In essence, this attitude extends to the entire political spectrum and forces rushing from the parliament to the streets are no exception.” The paper says the latest bout of opposition activity is part of a Western plot to further undermine Russia’s influence in the region through a destabilization of the political situation in Armenia.