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Former parliament speaker Tigran Torosian tells “Aravot” that Armenia’s current leadership has done nothing to prevent a repeat of the March 2008 clashes in Yerevan by reforming the country’s flawed political system. “It is evident that nothing has been done in this direction,” he says. “On the contrary, many, many problems have actually deepened in the last one and a half years and many, many shortcomings have manifested themselves in new negative ways.”

“Azg” quotes Zeyno Baran, a Turkish-born analyst at the U.S. Hudson Institute, as saying in an interview with the Azerbaijani Turan news agency that the West is interested in the reopening of the Turkish-Armenian border because that would lessen Armenia’s dependence on Russia and Iran. Baran also said that Turkey will continue to take Azerbaijan’s interests into consideration in its dealings with Armenia. She further predicted that a breakthrough in Armenian-Azerbaijani peace talks in the next few months is a real possibility. “The latest [Turkish-Armenian] agreement may testify to the parties’ desire to resolve the [Karabakh] conflict,” she said.

Writing in “Hayots Ashkhar,” Artashes Geghamian, a veteran politician supporting President Serzh Sarkisian, defends the Turkish-Armenian agreements and, in particular, the planned establishment of a bilateral commission of historians. Geghamian says that the existence of such a body is an opportunity for the Armenians “to arm the Turkish people with irrefutable facts proving the genocide of Armenians perpetrated in the Ottoman Empire in 1915.”

“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” scoffs at Dashnaktsutyun leader Hrant Markarian’s Tuesday warning that President Serzh Sarkisian will commit a political suicide if he ignores domestic concerns about his controversial deal with Ankara. The paper says the remark was at odds with Dashnaktsutyun’s reluctance to push for leadership change in the country. It argues that the nationalist party was far more aggressive against the administration of former President Levon Ter-Petrosian even during Armenia’s successful war with Azerbaijan. “Note that … no treacherous protocols [with Turkey] were signed at the time,” says the pro-Ter-Petrosian-daily. “It’s just that [then Dashnaktsutyun leader] Hrayr Marukhian was expelled from the country [in 1992.]”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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