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“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that Monday’s announcement by the Dashnaktsutyun and Zharangutyun parties that they will jointly campaign against the Turkish-Armenian agreements is part of a government “project” to unite the two opposition forces. “Of course, that is formally presented in a different way,” says the paper. It quotes Dashnaktsutyun leader Armen Rustamian as saying that they will join forces to try to scuttle the agreements’ ratification by the Armenian parliament. The paper dismisses that explanation as “fiction,” saying that the two parties control only two dozen seats in the 131-member National Assembly and stand no chance of blocking the agreement ratification.

“Hayots Ashkhar” notes that the leader of the more radical Armenian National Congress (HAK), Levon Ter-Petrosian, continues to avoid commenting on those agreements in detail. “If we take into account the fact that the Armenian National Congress was one of the first forces to welcome those protocols, while spicing up [its September 1 statement] with extremely radical phrases, it will become even more evident that Ter-Petrosian at least will not take decisive obstructive steps on the issue of Armenian-Turkish relations. Ter-Petrosian has visibly adopted a wait-and-see approach and will wait for a [government] slip-up for the time being.”

“Hraparak” says there are suggestions that that President Serzh Sarkisian’s planned tour of major Armenian communities abroad is not so much to sell his Turkish policy to the Diaspora as to “show the Turkish side the whole power, the collective will and resources of the Diaspora so that the Armenian president can act more confidently.” “Maybe,” comments the paper. “But what will Serzh Sarkisian do if he faces mostly negative reactions during that trip? How will he sign those agreements rejected by the Armenians around the world just a few days later?”

“168 Zham” says Sarkisian would hardly use the negative Diaspora reaction to refrain from signing the protocols. “Since the Diaspora Armenians’ attitude towards Turkish-Armenian relations can in no way impede the signing of the protocols, we presume that the Armenian president’s trip will be more of a moral-psychological balsam for the Diaspora in the sense that [it will show] the Diaspora’s opinion is very important to the government of the Republic of Armenia,” editorializes the paper.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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