“Before, Serzh Sarkisian was with the party of war, while Levon Ter-Petrosian with the party of peace,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Now they seem to have swapped roles. But in reality, the real supporter of peace is he who takes into account the Karabakh people’s opinion and the biggest pacifist is he who removes the Karabakh issue from the agenda of the political struggle in Armenia.” “There are so many things that can be said of the authorities that they did not have to invent Karabakh’s sellout [by Serzh Sarkisian,]” the paper says, rebuking the opposition.
“Zhamanak” speculates that the signing of the Turkish-Armenian agreements will inevitably be followed by a renewed international push for Karabakh peace. “In any case, the situation is developing in a way that the international community should at one point should either pressure Turkey to open the border [with Armenia] without any agreement on Karabakh and any solution regarding the territories or force Armenia’s authorities to act on the promises it has given regarding the territories,” says the paper.
“Azg” says many Armenians have long wrongly believed that the Turks are very good at diplomacy and would easily fool them at the negotiating table and that Yerevan is therefore doomed to lose in its rapprochement with Ankara. “This widespread view comes from the past,” the paper editorializes, blaming it on inept Armenian leaders who thereby justified their failures in their dealings with Ottoman rulers in the 19th and early 20th centuries. “Against this backdrop … the really young Armenian diplomacy is succeeding, especially during the recent period, in showing its own face and character based on pragmatism, understanding of its interests and capabilities and a decent work style and determination. We have no knack for sly oriental diplomacy. We can’t even apply it. We don’t need to. Contemporary diplomacy does not accept such things.”
“We are not holding rallies for several months so that the regime, which is a de facto authority holding negotiations on behalf of Armenia, has a stronger negotiating position,” Arman Musinian, a spokesman for the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “Serzh Sarkisian has instead opted for disgraceful deals. We’ve done our part. On what should we negotiate with them? Has Serzh Sarkisian taken any step to overcome the political crisis?”
“Iravunk” reports that Sarkisian’s Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) will hold its next congress on November 28. A senior party member, Ruben Tadevosian, is quoted as saying that the HHK will continue to share power with two other parties even though it has a clear majority in parliament. “It easier to overcome the crisis together,” he explains.