The annual commemoration of the Armenian genocide sets the tone of
Wednesday's Armenian press commentaries.
"Hayots Ashkhar" editorializes that international recognition of the
Genocide and the pursuit of other "national goals and demands" should not
be sacrificed for the sake of Armenia's participation in regional programs.
Regional stability, the paper says, requires that Turkey itself recognize
the genocide. The Armenian government should therefore remain persistent in
raising the issue in the international arena. That policy will eventually
"Azg" writes that Turkish denial of the genocide "remains unchanged." "It
is Turkish falsification that is undergoing changes. At the heart of them
are various publications about 'Armenian atrocities'." The paper dismisses
the latest Turkish offer to open its Ottoman archives to historians as a
ploy to "cast doubt on the massacres and suspend the process of
international recognition of the Armenian genocide."
"Hayastani Hanrapetutyun" thinks that the world has no other option but to
accept the truth not only about the Armenian Genocide but also other global
"Haykakan Zhamanak" takes the view that "April 24 is first of all our
shame; the weakness of our political thought; and our lack of
competitiveness in the whirlpool of peoples, ideas and contradictions." "In
essence, the Genocide is really going on, and the problem is not the Turks
or the [Armenian] authorities. The Armenian political thought is no more
progressive and the citizens are no more broad-minded than in 1915. We have
been living under a genocide regime for several centuries already."
"Aravot," commenting on domestic affairs, says the closure of the A1+
channel added to public fury with Kocharian's regime. "The government has
begun to fear citizens. Perhaps it will begin to respect them as a result
But as "Haykakan Zhamanak" writes, the coalition of 14 parties campaigning
for the channel's reinstatement can be considered dead. "The struggle for
the freedom of speech can only develop in one direction: A1+ will be
reopened only in the event of a government change." However, only two
opposition parties have said explicitly that Kocharian's ouster is a must.
Others may use stronger language to slam the authorities, but are still
"internally linked to Kocharian and his regime." "Double games continue to
thrive," the paper concludes.