“Hayots Ashkhar” attaches great importance to the Armenian and French presidents’ planned joint laying of wreaths at an Armenian genocide memorial in Paris. The paper says Jacques Chirac will thereby reaffirm a 2001 French law that recognized the Armenian genocide.
“There is no need for a revolution in Armenia because you still have hostile forces surrounding you,” “Haykakan Zhamanak” quotes Poland’s former President Lech Walesa as saying on Thursday. “It is now time for solidarity and joint action. And when the external situation stabilizes maybe you will look around you and see that there is a need for that. I see big opportunities lying ahead for your country and you should make sure that a revolution doesn’t eliminate them.” Walesa also said that the ongoing globalization processes are good for international recognition of the Armenian genocide.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the Turkish Foreign Ministry has condemned the Polish parliament’s decision this week to recognize the Armenian genocide. A ministry statement called the move “one-sided” and “irresponsible.”
“Iravunk” says Wednesday’s rally in Sevan organized by Aram Karapetian’s Nor Zhamanakner Party was disrupted by “agents provocateurs” sent from other parts of the country. The paper claims that one of those men, who presented himself as a former soldier of Yerkrapah Union chairman Manvel Grigorian, shot and wounded and a young activist of Nor Zhamanakner. Yerkrapah says Grigorian had nothing to do with the incident. “General Manvel Grigorian orders [his soldiers] to shoot only at Azerbaijanis,” one of its senior members, Ara Ketikian, is quoted as saying.
But as an aide to opposition leader Artashes Geghamian suggests in an “Aravot” interview, Karapetian may well have himself orchestrated the “provocation.” Aleksan Karapetian points to reports that the Nor Zhamanakner leader has ties with Karlos Petrosian, the former head of Armenia’s National Security Service who was born in Sevan. He says it is also possible that the local authorities wanted to show that Petrosian no longer holds sway there.