“Azg” reprints an article in the Turkish daily “Hurriyet” that urges Turkey to open the border with Armenia. “Why are you keeping the border closed?” asks its author. “The president of Armenia has invited President Gul to the Armenia-Turkey [football] game. The Abdullah Gul I know will go to that game. And if he goes, the game will be won by friendship, regardless of its result. It will be Turkey’s, Armenia’s and Azerbaijan’s victory.”
Citing official Armenian statistics, “Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that Armenian exports to Turkey shrunk by more than to $718,000 in the first five months of 2008. By contrast, Turkish imports to Armenia more than doubled to $74 million. “In other words, Armenia imports 100 times more goods from Turkey than it exports,” says the paper, blaming the government for the huge gap.
“The Popular Movement [of Levon Ter-Petrosian] will gain new momentum in August and the wave of protests should be powerful enough to deal a destructive blow to the regime,” writes “Zhamanak Yerevan.” “Any means of peaceful struggle should be deemed acceptable by the opposition. Rallies, marches, pickets, sit-ins, spread of propaganda material, strike, boycott of university classes and so on.” The paper says the opposition should also consider calling more radical actions such as a refusal to pay taxes.
“There is no question that the individuals charged in connection with the March 1 events must be freed,” lawyer Tigran Ter-Yesayan tells “Hayk.” “In my view, the investigation is headed in a different direction. To avoid future clashes they must ensure objectivity. If things continue like this, clashes will be inevitable … I think the confrontation would be even greater than it was on March 1.”
Interviewed by “Aravot,” Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian denies opposition media reports that he spent more than $2 million on his son’s wedding party. “Of course I am grateful that they reported only one thousand guests at the wedding and put the money spent on it in the millions,” he says with sarcasm. “They could have written that it had hundreds of thousands of participants and cost billions of dollars.”
“Reports that work on the new building of the [government’s] anti-corruption commission is being carried out with proceeds from the bottles left over after the wedding of Aghvan Hovsepian’s son do not correspond to reality,” “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” jokes in that regard.