In an interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak,” the U.S. mediator James Warlick says that he and his Russian and French colleagues remain “in constant touch” with the parties to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in an effort to lower the risk of another escalation and restart talks on a “comprehensive resolution” of the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict. “The presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan need to demonstrate the political will to take these steps,” he says, skirting a question about the likelihood of renewed Armenian-Azerbaijani negotiations. Warlick also says that the U.S., Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group have no “concrete plans” yet to again visit the conflict zone.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says that President Serzh Sarkisian and his government have learned no lessons from the April 2-5 fighting in Karabakh and intend to stick to their policies. In particular, the paper says, Sarkisian has made clear that he will not crack down on “oligarchs” widely believed to be enjoying privileged treatment by the government. Nor has he made any substantial concessions to the opposition on the controversial Electoral Code drafted by his administration. “In short, the authorities have not changed,” concludes the paper.
“Ordinary residents of Karabakh believe that the situation that existed before the April war must be radically changed because they no longer want to live like they did until April,” writes “Zhamanak.” The paper says they feel that “the country is the property of a handful of individuals” and that everyone must finally become equal before the law.