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“Hraparak” says Armenia’s political elite lives in anticipation of the opposition rally scheduled for June 20. “In essence, June 20 will play the role of an indicator and give answers to a number of questions,” says the paper. “The authority will ascertain the current state of the public, whether election falsifications have been digested and whether people have come to terms with Serzh Sarkisian’s being president. The opposition will ascertain whether the repressions and March 1 casualties have left a negative imprint on their popular movement and whether this pause means that it is not possible to get people to the streets.”

“Zhamanak Yerevan” looks at differing views about who was responsible for the March 1 deaths and classifies Armenians into the three following groups: those who blame Levon Ter-Petrosian, those who blame the authorities, and those who think that both rival camps are responsible for the violence. “All of us are to blame,” concludes the paper.

“Hayots Ashkhar” asks a spokesman for Robert Kocharian to react to disparaging comments which independent parliament deputy Victor Dallakian made about the former Armenian president during last week’s parliament hearings on the March 1 events. “I believe that lies and hatred are not the best companions of a politician” says Victor Soghomonian. “The more so in the case of the likes of Victor Dallakian. I am sure that very few people -- and certainly not those who have a vague idea of morality -- can give moral evaluations.”

“Haykakan Zhamanak” comments scathingly on President Serzh Sarkisian’s Monday meeting with several politicians and public figures (among them Dallakian) that discussed his plans to set up a consultative “public council.” “What is noteworthy is that Sarkisian invited to the discussion of issues relating to the public discussion those ‘intellectuals’ who either staunchly supported him during the recent events or said nothing at all,” says the opposition daily.

(Armen Dulian)
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