“Aravot” says that the controversy surrounding the Turkish-Armenian negotiations has presented Armenian nationalist circles with a golden opportunity to advertise themselves and score points. “If you suddenly ask them how the Turkish-Armenian protocols will ruin Armenia and the Armenian people, you will hear a torrent of emotional phrases in which the word ‘Turk’ will be spiced up with mouth bubbles,” editorializes the paper. “The torrent will make you realize that you are a Turk, in the most abusive meaning of the word.” The paper cites an unnamed public figure as saying that he is afraid of speaking out in favor of the Turkish-Armenian agreements. “That figure has his concerns about the process but does not want to express them either to avoid playing into any party’s hands,” it says.
Sociologist Gevorg Poghosian tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that having facilitated a dialogue between Armenia and Turkey, the world will soon turn its attention to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict because its resolution is essential for achieving peace and security in the region. “Therefore, Armenia will find itself in a geopolitical whirlwind and should be ready for difficult solutions,” says Poghosian.
“Hayk” says it is now evident that FIFA, world football’s governing body, had deliberately drawn Armenia and Turkey into the same group of the qualifying campaign for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The opposition paper speculates that world powers thereby wanted to prepare groundwork for the Turkish-Armenian “football diplomacy.” It says Serzh Sarkisian knew that he will visit Turkey for the return leg of the Turkey-Armenia qualifiers already last year.
“Serzh Sarkisian understands that the country can not open up to the outside world while having political prisoners,” writes “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun.” “It’s a simple thing, isn’t it? Before leaving home, a person needs to wash and look himself in the mirror. Whom can [Sarkisian] deceive into thinking that he is not meddling in judicial affairs? Whom can he convinced in that people thrown into prison for their political views wanted to forcibly seize power and so on?”
“Azg” reports that the Council of Europe will discuss the May 31 municipal elections in Yerevan at a meeting in Strasbourg on October 15. The paper quotes a senior official from the council’s Congress on Local and Regional Administrations as making a largely positive assessment of the election conduct.