“Kapital” says recognition of the Armenian genocide is one of the few remaining U.S. levers against Turkey. “Turkey can today block American military transit through its territory or demand appropriate treatment in return for not blocking that,” says the paper.
“As a result of President Sarkisian’s bold and pro-active policy, it is Armenia that initiates things, forms the regional agenda,” the spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), Eduard Sharmazanov, tells “Aravot.” “Don’t forget that before signing the protocols [with Turkey] the president made an address to all Armenians and set the record straight.”
Another HHK representative, Galust Sahakian, tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that debates on the Turkish-Armenian protocols to be held in the Armenian parliament will be “heated.” “But provided that there are no surprises from the Turkish side, I think the coalition majority [in the National Assembly] will ratify the document,” says Sahakian. He claims that members of the majority will act in good faith, rather than under government pressure. “We have always stood for the establishment of relations with Turkey,” he says. “It’s just that there are now favorable political and geopolitical conditions for that.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” condemns Armenian police officers for attacking a small group of protesters that gathered outside the main government building on Thursday and tearing up their placards depicting the three top leaders of the Ottoman Empire who ordered the extermination of more than one million Armenians in 1915-1918. The paper claims police officers told the demonstrators protesting against the Turkish-Armenian agreements that they must not insult “officials from the neighboring country. “So we can conclude that starting from yesterday, the Turkish war criminals who perpetrated a genocide … are officially under the protection of Armenia’s authorities and one cannot say anything bad about them,” alleges the opposition daily.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the Armenian dram has slightly strengthened against the U.S. dollar this week because local commercial banks are forced by the Central Bank to increase the share of their assets kept in drams. The paper cites a decision taken by the Central Bank on October 20. The decision is to take effect on October 26.