“Yerkir” attacks Mevlut Cavusoglu, the president of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), for stating that the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations hinges on the outcome of this week’s meeting of the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents. The paper says that Cavusoglu once again sounded like a “typical Turkish official,” rather than the head of a pan-European institution. It accuses him of trying to create the impression in Europe that Yerevan had accepted Turkish preconditions for the normalization. It says that the international community will buy into such claims until Armenia formally rescinds the Turkish-Armenian protocols.
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” sees an alarming “silence” in Armenia ahead of the Armenian-Azerbaijani summit in Kazan. “Everyone pretends not knowing anything,” complains the paper supporting the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK). “What Madrid principles? They just don’t know. That is, they don’t know that the document envisages the withdrawal of Armenian troops from the seven occupied districts and that Armenia, represented by Serzh Sarkisian and Edward Nalbandian, has officially approved that document.”
“In effect, by offering to start a dialogue with the authorities the opposition is urging them to soberly assess the situation and an issue that … will be solved in one way or another,” writes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “Not to solve it in a Tunisian, Egyptian or Kyrgyz fashion but to reach agreement, through a dialogue, on the time frames for fresh presidential and parliamentary elections. Understandably, such an offer does not seem beneficial or dignified to the authorities.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the HAK’s response to President Serzh Sarkisian’s clarifications on the dialogue is a further indication of “confusion” among its leaders. “One can see that despite pretentious statements the HAK is in fact not ready for political dialogue,” claims the pro-presidential daily. The HAK is also unable to “formulate realistic objectives” and identify “mutually acceptable” ways of attaining them, it says. “If they had been ready, the president’s statement would have at least not taken them by surprise and they would not have once again pretended not understanding thing well,” it says.