(Saturday, July 24)
Lragir.am thinks that President Serzh Sarkisian and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian should have made their latest statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the Armenian parliament, rather than a summer camp organized by a pro-government youth organization. Alternatively, says the online newspaper, they could have done so during consultations with political parties or with the presidential Public Council or even held a rally for that purpose. “Serzh Sarkisian could have used the occasion to address the nation,” it says. “They instead opted for a marginal format which only proved that the authorities are solely accessible to a selected circle of individuals,” concludes Lragir.am.
Writing in “Hraparak,” political analyst Richard Giragosian claims that international mediators are struggling to “keep Azerbaijan at the negotiation table.” “For the mediators, seeing what lies on the negotiation table is no longer that important,” he says. “The Minsk Group is now more concerned about Azerbaijan’s possible exit from negotiations and attempt to solve the problem by force.”
Vahan Shirkhanian, the leader one of the two rival factions that claim to represent the Social Democratic Hnchakian Party of Armenia, tells “Aravot” that he is against a government change that would jeopardize continued Armenian control over Nagorno-Karabakh. Shirkhanian indicates that he strongly disagrees with former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s belief that Armenia’s grave political and socioeconomic problems can not be solved without the conflict’s resolution. He implies that both Ter-Petrosian and his successors are responsible for those problems.
“Hayots Ashkhar” echoes Armenian government claims that the International Court of Justice in The Hague subordinated territorial integrity of states to peoples’ right to self-determination in its ruling on Kosovo’s independence. “Whatever they say, the court’s decision and big powers’ reaction to it will definitely have a certain impact on the process of settling the Artsakh conflict,” says the paper. “As for to what extent it will be possible to achieve a positive result, that greatly depends on our consistency and diligence.”