According to “Hraparak,” successive Armenian governments have told the people that maintaining the status quo in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is good for the Armenian side. “But as it turns out, time is not working in our favor. At least, in favor of ordinary people,” writes the paper. “Demands for surrendering lands, determining Nagorno-Karabakh’s status through a referendum and the return of Azerbaijani refugees are again on the [negotiating] table. And that amid a danger of renewed war.”
“If the Karabakh document discussed [in the negotiating process] is made public today, a huge wave of protests will rise in Armenia,” claims “Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun.” “Therefore, the document has to be signed extremely secretly and made public only after that. There will definitely be a wave of protests after the publication, but the international community won’t care much about that. They will simply give the people a fait accompli and that will be it.”
Interviewed by “Iravunk,” Artsvik Minasian, an economist and parliament deputy from the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), finds “normal” the angry spat between Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) leader Gagik Tsarukian and Trade and Economic Development Minister Nerses Yeritsian. Minasian takes Tsarukian’s side in the dispute, saying that Yeritsian should not have said the economic crisis in Armenia is over. Such statements are “offensive” for Armenians, he claims.
“The criticism of Nerses Yeritsian is beneficial for those government forces, notably Gagik Tsarukian, that on the one hand, do not want to lose their government luxury but on the other, think they need to woo the society a little,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper notes that Tsarukian attacked not the government as a whole but only a single minister. “In reality, it is clear to any sensible person that Nerses Yeritsian is not the one who determines Armenia’s economic policy and that he is only one of those who execute decisions,” it says, adding that “oligopolies and criminal groups” are far more influential in that regard. Tsarukian’s criticism was motivated not by his concerns about the public’s interests but “intra-government issues,” concludes the pro-opposition daily.