The United States, Russian and French co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group paid a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh on Thursday during which they urged official Stepanakert to refrain from putting a newly reconstructed airport into operation.
The Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) seems to be close to determining its format of participation in the upcoming presidential election. PAP lawmaker Vartan Oskanian has posted a note on his Facebook account in which he effectively rules out his presidential bid in February 2013. He also says that members of his party, with whom he met in recent days, unequivocally speak in favor of nominating PAP leader Gagik Tsarukyan.
In his most recent video blog United States Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern made a statement on the U.S.-Armenian-American economic cooperation. He reminded that on October 18 Yerevan hosted a regular meeting of the Armenian-American Task Group held for the purpose of exploring ways to develop bilateral trade and making investments.
By the end of November Armenian opposition forces are likely to determine their format of participation in the upcoming presidential election. Two questions remain central on the current political agenda – will the opposition be able to field a single candidate and will ‘dark horses’ be fielded as well.
The so-called Step by Step technology which has been used in promoting the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide now seems to be successfully used in the international recognition of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (NKR).
Monday sees the start of two-day consultations in Yerevan between major establishment parties of several former Soviet countries devoted to the discussion of the idea of forming a Eurasian Union – a Russia-led re-integration project for former Soviet space.
The second-largest parliamentary party, Prosperous Armenia (PAP), has provided an ideological basis for the consolidation of the country’s opposition by proposing transition to a parliamentary system of government in 2017. In that case, according to the party, the 2013 election will be all about choosing a “technical” president to carry out this constitutional reform.
After the October 27 meeting in Paris between the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan, the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs who arranged the talks issued a statement in which the essential word appeared to be “ideas” implying that they are something new.
Most political parties in Armenia are still in no rush to clarify their positions on next year’s presidential election. Only the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA) has stated clearly its stance.
The RPA has stated that it will nominate current President and leader of the party Serzh Sargsyan as its candidate in the February vote. The nomination will take place at the RPA special convention slated for December 15.