Citing “well-informed sources,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” reveals what it says are details of a confidential meeting of Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian and the top brass of Armenia’s armed forces that took place late last month. The paper says that during that meeting Sarkisian sought to prepare ground for the eventual return of Azerbaijani territories around Karabakh which Armenian nationalists regard as “liberated” ones. “What liberated territories?” he is said to have told his generals. “It’s a security zone. Armenians have not lived there for the past hundred years. Which of you, for example, can prove that Aghdam was Armenian?”
“Deployment of peacekeeping forces in the security zone is beneficial for us,” Sarkisian added, according to “Haykakan Zhamanak.” The paper says none of the generals even attempted to object to this. “But all of this has caused serious concern, especially among officers of the Artsakh (Karabakh) army,” it claims.
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports on a joint statement issued on Tuesday by politicians and analysts sympathetic to former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. They claimed that the peace talks at Rambouillet, France broke down because the Armenian and Azerbaijani authorities are keen to preserve the status quo in the Karabakh conflict. The paper notes with dismay that the signatories of the statement singled out Armenian President Robert Kocharian for blame. “What happened to the other defendant and his share of guilt?” it asks, referring to Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliev.