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In an editorial, “Zhamanak” writes that Monday’s rally held by the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) “didn’t announce anything new to the public in terms of political struggle.” The paper says the HAK and its top leader, Levon Ter-Petrosian, are clearly carrying on with their wait-and-see approach in hopes that the Armenian government “will sooner or later fail.” “Just how justified that calculation is is difficult to tell at the moment,” it says. “On the other hand, it is evident that that is not a failed tactic.”

Another pro-opposition daily, “Chorrord Ishkhanutyun,” claims that for most Armenians the key question is not whether their current government should go but whether it is possible to effect regime change in the country. “For the time being the answer to that question is, so to speak, in the authorities’ favor because during discussions people usually arrive at the conclusion that nothing will change after all,” says the paper.

“Azg” deplores the failure of law-enforcement authorities to identify those personally responsible for the deaths of ten people in Yerevan on March 1, 2008. The paper believes that the public at large also bears responsibility for those events. “The sense of guilt and responsibility is not leaving us even now, two years on, and no matter how much we hide behind various justifications, a fair protest of spirit will remind each of us that we didn’t do everything necessary to stop the bloodshed,” it says.

“Aravot” says that the authorities have failed to solve the 2008 killings for “purely political reasons.” “The opposition is exploiting the issue of the March 1 victims. This is the standard refrain of the authorities,” editorializes the paper. “Solve [the killings] and they will stop exploiting.”

Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Giro Manoyan, the foreign policy spokesman for the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun), comments on the upcoming U.S. congressional committee vote on an Armenian genocide resolution. “If the resolution is approved by the committee this time as well, then it will be ready to move to the House of Representatives floor,” he says.

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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