“Hayots Ashkhar” lambastes those who think that the Armenian government should not raise the genocide issue in the international arena and in its dealings with Turkey in particular. “True, unlike the Turks, they do not loudly deny the very fact of the genocide and do not openly demand its removal from the agenda,” writes the paper. “Instead, they are doing everything to denigrate our achievements in the process of genocide recognition and to try to distort the issue and move it to a different plane.” All of this is done for internal political purposes, says the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” offers a different perspective, saying that European governments are exploiting the issue to bar Turkey from joining the European Union. “Many in the European Union doubt that the start of membership talks with Turkey was a right thing. But the process is already underway, and in this context for many, many [Europeans] the Armenian genocide issue is the best exit strategy in the event of Turkey’s fulfillment of all demands put forward by the European Union,” the paper says in a front-page editorial.
“Aravot” sees no major differences in the mentalities and positions of Armenia’s main government and opposition parties. The paper says their views on foreign policy and the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict are virtually identical. It says they both believe that the conflict should remain frozen, that international recognition of the Armenian genocide should be the main aim of Yerevan’s foreign policy, and that Russia should remain Armenia’s main partner. “These are important points on which they parliamentary forces have no disagreements.”
“Taregir” attacks the Armenian opposition for its perceived passivity. “The impression is that our opposition is doing everything to avoid engaging in public activities,” complains the paper. It claims that opposition parties can now pull even bigger crowds than they did in 2003 because “the plight of the people has since worsened further.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” comments on the continuing strengthening of the Armenian dram which it suspects is the result of market speculation. “Who does that and for what purpose is not that important,” writes the paper. “The problem is that as a consequence, the market’s relative stability is being undermined, giving rise to drastic developments. One gets the impression that the Central Bank is chasing events.”