The “Hanrapetutyun” party reports to “Ayb-Fe” that the party’s leader Aram Sarkisian held a meeting in the United States with an official of the U.S. President’s National Security Advisor’s Office. It is not known what issues were discussed but according to the paper, “it is obvious that Washington is seriously probing “the sentiments of the political field in Armenia.”
Meanwhile, HZhK tells “Haykakan Zhamanak” that the party’s leader Stepan Demirchian will leave for the United States in mid-September at the invitation of the U.S. Department of State.
As “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” puts it, “the outspoken representatives of the opposition used to go to Moscow in the past, now they go to Washington.” According to the paper, the only bright point is the relations between Aram Sarkisian and Artur Baghdasarian as this union, in the paper’s opinion, may be promising.
“Irvanunk” writes in its article that bears the headline “In search for President Robert Kocharian’s successor” that Serzh Sarkisian claims to be such a candidate as “he won’t stop at any obstacle to show that he is the person.”
“Aravot” writes in its editorial that this way the first candidate for president in the next elections is clear: Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian. Accentuating the initiative to nominate him for president still about three years ago “Aravot” emphasizes: “A very progressive young man has been found who nominated the new candidate for the post of the country’s leader. On the one hand, Tigran Ulikhanian is right making a state at the candidate tipped as a winner well in advance and beginning to sing the praises to him already today.” But on the other hand the paper mentions that such an early stake may fail to give desirable results and might affect the career of the progressive youth.
The official organ of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, “Yerkir” ridicules the opposition’s attempts to rally their ranks this summer with the old purpose of making a revolution in Armenia. “Each force of the opposition tries to dance on its,” concludes the paper, drawing parallels with the recent “unity dance” around Mt. Aragats.
In an “Ayb-Fe” interview, Giro Manoyan, of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation, discusses the upcoming meeting of the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan around the Karabakh settlement. “My impression is that the main discussion is to find the solution to the issue of [Karabakh’s] status. The general feeling today of the negotiators, the international community and the parties to the conflict today is that the issue can be settled only with the reunification of Nagorno Karabakh with Armenia,” he says.
“It is obvious that bringing Russian military hardware to Armenia will not solve the country’s security issues, nor will it raise the army’s combat efficiency. Meanwhile, the relocation of the Russian bases will only prove again that the Republic of Armenia is Russia’s outpost, which is a sad prospect,” Suren Sureniants, a senior “Hanrapetutyun” party member, tells “Aravot”. He thinks that it is time the political elite of Armenia spoke loudly about the withdrawal of the bases already existing on Armenian soil.