“Azg” quotes Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian as saying in an interview with the German Ze deutsche Zeitung newspaper regarding the stop of contacts with his Turkish counterpart after three stages of negotiations: “I no longer want to participate in purely ceremonial meetings aimed at convincing the world that Turkey and Armenia are conducting negotiations, while in fact nothing was happening.”
According to Oskanian, Ankara is not yet ready to take steps, and it is a matter to regret. “Turkey is subject to the interests of third countries. [Abdullah] Gul underestimated the influence of Baku. However, it shows that Ankara does not have enough courage for what would be better for Turkey itself.”
In an interview with “Iravunk”, “Hanrapetutyun” party leader Aram Sarkisian reveals: “Many officials in the pro-government wing, although cautiously, but quite seriously have started “games” with the opposition.
One of the questions of “Yerkir” readers addressed to Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian concerns the constitutional campaign, in which the “Nig Aparan” compatriotic union led by the prosecutor-general is actively participating. “Don’t you break the law by doing that?” the reader asks.
Hovsepian answers: “The prosecutor-general has no right to participate in political activities, however it does not follow from this that the prosecutor-general is deprived also of the right to express his professional opinion.”
“By the level of its democratic development Armenia should be compared with the Baltic States, and not with neighbors, let alone Central Asian countries,” Hayots Ashkhar quotes the opinion of OSCE Yerevan Office Head Vladimir Pryakhin.
“The campaign over the draft of constitutional changes should be run taking into account the group or sectional peculiarities of the population,” Orinats Yerkir parliamentary faction leader Samvel Balasanian tells “Hayots Ashkharh”, explaining: “Let’s admit that the rural population is now more concerned with its vital problems. This section considers it to be more essential to get solutions to their personal problems in the context of constitutional changes.”
Under the headline “The Imperative of YES is obvious”, the official organ of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) “Yerkir” presents the statement of the ARF Supreme Council of Armenia:
“The ‘No’ in the referendum is not a ‘No’ to the authorities or ‘Yes’ to the opposition, but is an actual “yes” to the current political system with all ensuing damaging consequences.”
Meanwhile, “Aravot” presents the statement of 18 opposition parties:
“We unequivocally reject this process of the referendum on constitutional changes, thereby saying “No” to the regime. A revolution is becoming a necessity in the emerging situation.”
The same paper also publishes the joint statement of compatriotic unions in support of the constitutional amendments.