In an interview with “Hayots Ashkhar,” Artak Davtian, a senior parliament deputy from the governing Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), criticizes former President Levon Ter-Petrosian’s latest statements on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. “One gets the impression that this person has never understood that you don’t beg for peace, you win peace,” says Davtian. “What is interesting is that all our successes, all the [military] victories in Karabakh are attributed to the first president, whereas shortcomings, evident mistakes and errors related to personnel policies, economy, the social sector and democratic processes [are said to] have nothing to do with him. This is an unacceptable approach.”
“If Levon Ter-Petrosian says, for example, that the planet earth is round or that two multiplied by two equals four, then his opponents from the government and opposition camps will definitely say those claims play into the hands of our enemy and that by saying earth is round the first president meant that Karabakh should be surrendered to Azerbaijan,” editorializes “Aravot.” The paper asserts that Ter-Petrosian simply said what he believes is the truth and disregarded negative political consequences of his unpopular discourse.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” picks up the Regnum news agency’s claims that the U.S. ambassador to Armenia, Marie Yovanovitch, is now actively lobbying for “dialogue” between Ter-Petrosian and President Serzh Sarkisian. The paper says the head of Ter-Petrosian’s office, Avetis Avagian, on Monday declined to comment on the report. “Nor is it clear whether such an issue will be on agenda of the upcoming Ter-Petrosian-Yovanovitch meetings,” it says.
Interviewed by “Hraparak,” Karapet Rubinian, a former senior member of the Armenian National Movement (HHSh), continues to accuse the opposition party’s leadership of “undemocratic” practices. “The party needs to restore internal democracy and become a forum for the clash of views and ideas,” he says. “None of that exists now, and that’s very sad. Seeking power, aspiring to lead the society without having those important characteristics just makes no sense. There already exist many other parties lacking such qualities.” Internal democratization would only strengthen the Armenian opposition, adds Rubinian.
Aram Safarian, a senior member of the pro-government Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK), tells “Irates de facto” that Armenia and Azerbaijan have “absolutely different ideas” of compromise on Nagorno-Karabakh. He says a “freeze” on peace negotiations is the only realistic option in this situation. “A freeze doesn’t mean a pause,” says Safarian. “On the contrary, it means integration, confidence building, joint involvement in big regional projects.”