“Hardly anyone would imagine 16 years ago, on the eve of Armenia’s independence, that within a short historical period our small country will be able to not only ensure its security but also pursue international recognition of the Armenian Genocide,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Now that attempts by the Turkish propaganda machine to make the civilized humanity to cast doubt on the fact of the Armenian Genocide are leading nowhere, it is becoming clear that the main reason for this triumph of truth is the existence of the Republic of Armenia.”
“If we manage to be fair towards ourselves, if we manage to run our country fairly and democratically, if we try to pursue justice everywhere -- inside the country, in the region and all over the world -- then restoration of justice will be easier for us,” writes “Azg.” “April 24  would not have happened if our grandfathers had not sought justice. There is no need to mark April 24 if we don’t seek justice.”
“Aravot” editorializes that the Armenians will hardly achieve Turkish recognition of the genocide by “disseminating hostility and hatred through state-controlled media, ludicrously burning Turkish flags and keeping alive the victim’s complex.” “The only way of establishing ourselves is to be stronger and more successful in peaceful competition,” says the paper. “Today we cannot say that we have a more modern, more progressive and, if you like, more European political and economic system than Turkey does. Creating such a system is certainly not easy. Cursing, gloating and organizing torch marches is much easier.”
“In effect, the genocide remembrance day has become a probation period for replacing the poor state of the real homeland with the dreamlike illusion of a historical homeland,” says “Taregir.” “During that time attempts are being made to detach human masses from reality and thereby break up their internal drive to protest against the poor state of the real homeland.”
Turning to domestic politics, “Iravunk” notes that music, pop concerts and political adverts are playing a greater role in the ongoing election campaign than they did in the past. “There are a lot fewer program-based political speeches, while there is no lack of general and vague criticisms,” observes the paper.
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says propaganda voiced by the main pro-government parties is meant not for election day but the election aftermath. The paper claims that those parties intend to rig the elections anyway and that their election campaign is just a way to legitimize fraud. “This is also one of the way best ways of fooling international observers,” it says.