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“Haykakan Zhamanak” ridicules President Serzh Sarkisian’s assurances that Armenia will “emerge stronger” from its dialogue with Turkey even if Ankara refuses to reopen the Turkish-Armenian border.

Sarkisian and his political allies have argued that in that cases the world will have no doubts about Armenia’s commitment to an unconditional normalization of its relations with Turkey. “So the world didn’t know that until now,” the paper comments tartly. “So the world didn’t realize that the closure of the Turkish-Armenian border hurts Armenia in the first instance, making it a courtyard with two gates. And the world thought that it is Armenia that blockaded Turkey.”

“Hayots Ashkhar” reports that the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) will campaign for the upcoming municipal elections in Yerevan under the motto “For you, Yerevan.” “Everything must be done not against but for Yerevan and its residents,” the HHK spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov, is quoted as saying.

“Hraparak” says that the May 31 elections will not be democratic and will lead to fresh “violence, falsifications and persecution of innocent persons.” “The only consolation is that the long-suffering Armenian province will escape the blow,” says the paper.

Lragir.am says President Serzh Sarkisian said at his April 10 news conference that he has done everything to make good on his pledge to tear down the “wall of misunderstanding” separating Armenia’s rulers and ordinary citizens. “In this case, the important thing is not what Serzh Sarkisian has done to destroy the wall,” says the online publication. “The key thing is what Serzh Sarkisian has done to prevent the emergence of that wall. This is what probably remains a mystery for the society. Serzh Sarkisian has not yet spoken about his participation in the formation of that wall. Therefore, the most important question in that regard is: what was Serzh Sarkisian was doing on March 1, 2008. What did Serzh Sarkisian do to prevent the March 1 tragedy?”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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