“Zhoghovurd” believes that the U.S., Russian and French mediators are trying to speed up the Nagorno-Karabakh negotiation process in order to “achieve the signing of some document” later this year. The paper expects them to arrange “in the coming weeks” another meeting of Presidents Serzh Sarkisian and Ilham that will focus on the content of that document.
“At first glance, it may seem that the reason for this acceleration is the four-day war [in Karabakh] of last April, but the situation is more serious,” continues “Zhoghovurd.” “It is undoubtedly clear to the mediators that after next year’s parliamentary elections Armenia’s system of government will undergo a very serious change. Given these circumstances, the mediators’ attempts to finally solve the matter in the months ahead, by clinching concessions from Serzh Sarkisian, are totally expected.”
“Hraparak” reports and comments on further high-ranking personnel changes in the Armenian army that were announced by President Sarkisian’s office on Thursday. The paper bemoans the absence of an official explanation for any of those changes. It wonders whether the sacked generals underperformed or were suspected of corruption. The Sarkisian government, it says, must assure the public that their replacements will do a better job.
“Aravot” notes that unlike his predecessor Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Tbilisi but not Yerevan or Baku last week. “While we might link his decision not to visit Baku with that country’s record, including on democracy, his not going to Yerevan can be deemed a serious diplomatic setback [for Armenia,] especially considering the four-day war provoked by [Ilham] Aliyev in April,” writes the paper.