“Either Turkey is mocking Armenia, or the United States has raised the issue with the Turkish authorities in a very strict manner,” “Zhamanak” writes in an editorial on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s desire to meet President Serzh Sarkisian in Washington next week. It suggests that Erdogan needs such a meeting very much.
Citing Azerbaijani media, “168 Zham” reports that Iran has come up with a plan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “We hope that the parties will take positive steps for the conflict’s resolution,” Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki is quoted as saying in Tehran.
Interviewed by “Hayots Ashkhar,” Mkrtich Minasian, a parliament deputy from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), laughs off opposition leader Levon Ter-Petrosian’s claims that Sarkisian will make massive concessions to Azerbaijan because of his lack of domestic legitimacy. Minasian says Ter-Petrosian himself had lost legitimacy after his victory in the fraudulent presidential election of 1996. “In this case, both the National Assembly and the president of the republic were elected by an overwhelming majority of votes,” he says. Minasian also claims that Ter-Petrosian advocated far more concessions to Azerbaijan in 1997-1998 and has no moral right to accuse others of a Karabakh sellout.
“Aravot” says another HHK parliamentarian, Vazgen Karakhanian, has condemned the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) over its calls for the release of Armenian “political prisoners.” The paper quotes Karakhanian as making offensive comments on some African participants on the ongoing FIDH conference in Yerevan.
Artsvik Minasian, an economist and senior parliamentarian affiliated with the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), comments on the recent fluctuations of the Armenian dram’s exchange rate in an interview with “Kapital.” “One thing is obvious,” he says. “As long as the currency policy is not based on the economy’s fundamentals, it will always have a fluctuating character. The Central Bank’s desire to rein in those fluctuations will have a short-term character.”