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(Saturday, October 20)

“It is not realistic to expect that moral pressure from the international community can force Turkey to admit to the Armenian genocide,” historian Beniamin Poghosian tells “168 Zham.” “Such pressure could actually have the opposite effect.” He says Turkey has been even less prepared for dialogue with Armenia ever since President Robert Kocharian included genocide recognition on his foreign policy agenda in 1998. “Besides, Armenia does not have a clear idea of what it seeks to achieve with genocide recognition,” adds Poghosian. “Return of territories? Material compensation? Or another goal?”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” reports that bodyguards of Surik Khachatrian, the controversial governor of the southeastern Syunik province, have beaten up a senior prison official in a dispute at a billiards club in the local town of Goris. “One of the bodyguards hit Gagik Manucharian in the head with a heavy billiard ball and then took up a billiard stick to hit him again,” says the paper. It says Manucharian’s cousin Gor, who works at the local police department, was also assaulted after trying to stop the violence. “This incident once again proves the fact that impunity engenders new crimes,” comments “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.”

“Aravot” reports that tax authorities have launched a large-scale financial inspection of businesses owned by Khachatur Sukisian, a wealthy entrepreneur sympathetic to former President Levon Ter-Petrosian. The paper says a similar inspection will be conducted at a hardware store chain owned by Ter-Petrosian’s brother Petros.

“Judging from everything, the circles preparing for Levon Ter-Petrosian’s comeback are little by little emerging from a state of euphoria and cautiously looking around them, gauging the potential for the revival of HHShism,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” The paper claims that they now realize that chances for an “HHSh revanche” are slim.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” slams the governing Republican Party (HHK) for its decision to stage a pop concert on October 26, the day when Ter-Petrosian plans to holds his first rally in more than a decade. The paper says the main purpose of the event is to lure people away from the rally, calling it “yet another manifestations of panic among the Republicans.” “They are so scared of the rally to be held in Liberty Square on October 26 that they have decided to take all possible measures to hide that panic,” claims the pro-Ter-Petrosian daily. It says the HHK-financed concert is also “immoral” because it will come on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the October 1999 parliament shootings.

(Armen Dulian)
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