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“Azg” says that Turkish political circles must be disappointed with Obama’s remarks made in Ankara. “Those who consistently spread Turkish-Azerbaijani propaganda in Armenia and those who cast doubt on President Obama’s sincerity about the recognition of the Armenian Genocide must also be disappointed,” says the paper.

“Haykakan Zhamanak” points out that Obama stopped short of uttering the word genocide in Ankara. “Thus, the U.S. president made it clear that regardless of his position, more important right now is the Turkish-Armenian dialogue which may be suspended if he uses that word,” says the paper.

“Thus, Barack Obama hinted that if U.S. recognition hampers the normalization of relations between Armenia and Turkey, then he will undoubtedly refrain from doing that,” agrees “Hayk.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that “all of a sudden” Ankara again linked Turkish-Armenian reconciliation to a settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the eve of Obama’s visit to Turkey. The paper sees a coordinated Turkish-Azerbaijani effort to justify Turkey’s refusal to unconditionally lift its economic blockade of Armenia.

According to “Iravunk de facto,” the United States and Russia are pushing their own scenarios for the normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations. “For both the USA and Russia, it is important to show Ankara that if necessary they can prod or force Armenia to establish some relations with Turkey on terms pretty much acceptable to Ankara,” speculates the paper.

Sociologist Hranush Kharatian tells “Aravot” that the Armenian authorities will only benefit from the existence of a “consistent opposition with stable views.” “At the moment we have such opposition,” she says. “More so now than even during the last presidential elections … Of course their approaches are contentious. But at least the Armenian National Congress has very clear and substantiated analyses of and approaches to modes of governance and courses of actions. It’s not clear how they would do things, but at least it’s very clear what they don’t accept. It’s a stable opposition. It’s not fake and can’t be changed with a bribe.”

(Tigran Avetisian)
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