“Aravot” editorializes on the progress of House Resolution 106 recognizing the mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide: “No doubt, it is very important that a prestigious House committee has finally called things by their proper names… However, there is no need for improper euphoria the signs of which can already be seen. Turkey is not a state that can be forced to do anything through resolutions or parliamentary declarations. This country has its clear interests and regardless of anything will be consistent in realizing them.”
On the same subject “Hayots Ashkhar” writes that the fate of the House resolution now hinges on the firmness of what it describes as the ‘honest stance’ adopted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. But the paper suggests that one thing is clear after Wednesday’s debate at the House Foreign Affairs Committee: “None of the two political parties represented in the U.S. legislature has a shadow of a doubt that Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turkey in 1915-1923.”
“Iskakan Iravunk” discusses the chances of Robert Kocharian becoming Armenia’s prime minister after he ends his second term of presidency early next year: “If Robert Kocharian takes the leadership of the Prosperous Armenia party (BHK), he may consider his future post of prime minister as a precondition for providing support to the ruling Republican Party’s presidential candidate Serzh Sarkisian. And if the Republican Party (HHK) shows no desire to accept that, it will confront a situation when all parliamentary forces may unite against the HHK, leading to a fifty-fifty chance for both camps.” The paper also reminds that but for the “go-ahead” from Kocharian, “there wouldn’t be the flirting between ex-president Levon Ter-Petrosian and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF).”
“Zhamanak Yerevan” writes that the BHK parliamentary faction’s secretary Aram Safarian was running the risk of personally meeting BHK leader Gagik Tsarukian’s lions after stating that the number of BHK members is, in fact, 80,000, which is in stark contrast with the officially declared party membership figure of 400,000. The paper asserts that Safarian met such a hostile reaction from his fellow party members that he even wanted to resign to “redeem his sins”, but the “Lion King” proved “generous” to forgive him.
Citing well-informed sources, “Iravunk” writes that a meeting was held recently between opposition Orinats Yerkir party leader Artur Baghdasarian and Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian. The weekly suggests that an arrangement was made during that meeting according to which while running for president, Artur Baghdasarian will not work against another presidential candidate, Serzh Sarkisian. So, the paper writes, Sarkisian responded with “a predictable deal with Baghdasarian to the surprise warming of relations between the former ruling Armenian Pan-National Movement and the ARF.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reflects on the recent rise in prices for consumer goods: “When Central Bank Chairman Tigran Sarkisian declares that one of the reasons for the widespread rise in prices is the country’s economic growth, he, in fact, confirms that Armenia has an ailing economy. It means that while the population’s incomes increase as a result of the economic growth, their standard of living actually doesn’t, because prices for everything grow and the daily expenditures of ordinary citizens increase at a higher rate than their incomes. It means that only large businessmen live better as a result of this economic growth and the living standards of all others fall.”