“Hayots Ashkhar” reminds readers of the 16th anniversary of the movement for the reunification of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, saying that no other issue of popular concern has since attracted that much resonance, support and consensus. “A new pan-national movement might come about in our country only in the event of a threat to that idea or after the Karabakh movement reaches its victorious end,” the paper says. “Every generation has its aims and can not pursue several aims at a time without endangering its achievements…Our generation must complete its movement, the Karabakh movement, leaving the future prosperous generations with a mission to formulate new national aims and launch new movements.”
“Iravunk” is less than enthusiastic about what has been achieved on the Karabakh front over the past 16 years. “Although they say that this generation has to rectify our forebears’ blunders, the current generation not only failed to correct past mistakes but also multiplied them. We have felt on our skin who is really to blame for the failings of the Armenian people. It is not an international conspiracy, a malicious neighbor or a foreign oppressor. It is first of all us.”
“Yerkir” calls for more public reflections on “the content and meaning of the national rebirth” that began in the Karabakh capital Stepanakert on February 13, 1988 and hopes for the return of the euphoria and enthusiasm of those days. Turning to the political “turbulence” caused by the controversial speech of Dashnaktsutyun leader Hrant Markarian at the 29th congress of the party, the paper says it could prompt in-depth and meaningful debate on the country’s pressing problems. The Dashnaktsutyun weekly says Markarian did not seek to blame everything on others. There was self-criticism in his speech born out of concern about the existing state of affairs. Dashnaktsutyun does not want to dodge its share of responsibility, according to “Yerkir.”
“What Hrant Markarian said was a description of past mistakes known to everyone,” another Dashnaktsutyun leader, Vahan Hovannisian, tells “Haykakan Zhamanak.” Hovannisian says Markarian is mainly concerned about “the danger posed by apolitical elements.” “And if the Republican Party feels that there are apolitical elements within its ranks, they really have cause for concern,” he says.
“Ayb-Fe” says the coalition parties may be hating each other, but rumors about an imminent collapse of their alliance are exaggerated. “The coalition parties are aware that they will suffer losses in the event of any change of the existing [coalition] format,” the paper reasons. “The forces that have gathered here are ready to put aside their principles and engage in mutually beneficial cooperation. Besides, at the end of the day the president has a monopoly on all those spheres that have something to do with Armenia’s fate. The coalition can only talk, give speeches and, if necessary, become a scapegoat.”