Writing that on the way to EU membership Turkey has adopted an overt policy of blackmail, the “Hayots Ashkhar” newspaper’s commentator singles out: “The fact that the struggle of Turkish authorities against the Armenian genocide recognition process has turned into an anti-Europe campaign is no longer possible to conceal. The desperate steps being made by Turkey in several directions show that this military-bureaucratic state relying on its army in fact cannot become modern, nor can it realize its overt blackmail directed against Europe.”
Stating that the recognition of the Armenian genocide should not have any connection with Europe-Turkey relations, Armenia’s ex-premier Hrant Bagratian explains in a “168 Zham” interview. “One should draw lessons from history. If Turkey doesn’t become a member of the European Union, we will be the ones to suffer as eventually instead of going to the West Turkey will turn towards the East, will strengthen its eastern policies and we will feel that pressure on our skin.”
Looking into the future, “Haykakan Zhamanak” editorializes: “One of the strategic problems for Armenia in the next decade is returning its citizens who emigrated abroad to their homeland.” According to the paper, the first step in solving this problem is a change of power.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” downplays differences between President Robert Kocharian and Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian. “They carried out a state revolution together, built a criminal pyramid together, and together destroyed Armenia’s political and economic institutions, and they will continue that work together,” the paper writes and places it beyond doubt that the two have a special agreement – “Sarkisian takes the president’s office in 2008 and Kocharian becomes the prime minister and the duo continues to govern the country.”
In an Aravot interview member of the former ruling Armenian National Movement (HHSh) party’s board Samvel Gevorgian expresses his conviction that the opposition should boycott the upcoming elections. “I consider it very dangerous that the opposition is trying to engage in election games. It means legitimizing the authorities,” Gevorgian said.
Citing its diplomatic sources, the “Hayk” newspaper writes that during his visit to Germany President Robert Kocharian tried to convince Europeans that Armenia’s pro-western policy can be continued only if current Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian takes the president’s office in 2008, to which high-level German officials answered that only a president elected in fair elections can really carry out pro-western policy. According to the paper, they also made it clear to Kocharian that this time around the West will closely watch the 2007 parliamentary and 2008 presidential elections in Armenia.