In an interview with Turkey’s NTV television reprinted by “Hayastani Hanrapetutyun,” Nagorno-Karabakh’s Foreign Minister Georgi Petrosian says that Turkey continues to link its relations with Armenia to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “That will not contribute to the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because it is obvious that Turkey is hostage to its own promises that it gave Azerbaijan in the past and is keeping them to this day,” he says, adding that Turkey is therefore an “interested party” to the Karabakh dispute.
Vartan Bostanjian, a parliament deputy from the governing Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), defends Armenia’s ongoing rapprochement with Turkey in an interview with “Aravot.” “But we must finally rid ourselves of entrenched complexes and ponder whether we must stay enemies [with the Turks] till the end of the world,” he says. “No sensible person has the right to carry, let alone voice, such a thought.”
Speaking to “Iravunk,” Galust Sahakian of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) dismisses as irrelevant the indefinite suspension of anti-government rallies held by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “Today the Congress is a self-isolated political structure which is waiting to see what will happen in the political life, whether or not there will be squabbles [in the government] in order to gain something in the process.” Sahakian also rounds on former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian for criticizing the Turkish-Armenian agreements. He says Oskanian has no right to question the competence of Armenian diplomats because the Foreign Ministry staff has barely changed since he left office in April 2008. He says the ministry is now “implementing the ideology that was formed in the past” (presumably under former President Robert Kocharian).
“Russian can not say openly that it is against border opening and has to devise more secret and sophisticated plans of scuttling it,” speculates “Zhamanak.” “One of those programs could be use of the Kocharian factor and nationalist forces for the provocation of a velvet revolution in Armenia. That is why pro-Kocharian forces and figures are unusually active these days.” The paper points to Oskanian and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), describing them as “classical examples of opportunism.” It says they are active because “Robert Kocharian has realized very well that there can not be a better opportunity for his comeback than the Turkish-Armenian developments.”