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“Aravot” strongly disagrees with those who believe that Armenia may still revive the 1920 Treaty of Sevres that gave it large swathes of land in what is now eastern Turkey. “Such statements weaken, rather than strengthen, international positions of our state,” editorializes the paper. “And in Karabakh our people were fighting not for the sake of regaining some adjudicating verdict or historical homeland but the security of our compatriots and their right to live. For that reason, we don’t want Azerbaijan to ever control that part of our homeland. That position is absolutely understandable and acceptable to the world. The rest is a dream, an illusion and perhaps propaganda. But it’s not a [good] policy.”

“Aravot” believes that this is what former President Levon Ter-Petrosian meant to say in his last speech. “Who said that going after illusions is patriotic while looking the reality in the eyes unpatriotic?” it asks. “Maybe it’s all the way around. In any case, the experience of our and not only our people seems to show that a nation suffers losses when its elite loses touch with reality.”

Galust Sahakian, a leader of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Azg” that he would assess Ter-Petrosian’s speech positively “if we lived in a different country” where the government and the opposition have a less confrontational rapport. “In my view, that [speech] is yet another game, even though there are very attractive things in it related to the personality of the country’s president,” says Sahakian. “But I don’t think the speech warrants serious political conclusions and perceptions.”

Speaking to “Zhamanak,” a senior member of Ter-Petrosian’s Armenian National Congress (HAK), Ashot Sargsian, reiterates the opposition bloc’s allegations that President Serzh Sarkisian would not make major concessions to Turkey he was a democratically elected president. But he says “a lot can still be salvaged” in not only Turkish-Armenian relations but also the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. “It’s a pity that in effect we are talking about a miracle,” he adds.

Artak Davtian, chairman of the Armenian parliament committee on science, education and youth affairs, assures “Hayots Ashkhar” that the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) has never demanded that the Armenian authorities immediately allow the A1+ TV station to resume broadcasts. “That would have been a pinnacle of illegality,” says Davtian. He says the same is true for a June 2008 ruling on A1+ that was handed down by the European Court of Human Rights.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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