(Saturday, March 6)
“Aravot” says the approval by a U.S. congressional committee of the Armenian genocide resolution “reflects the current state of Turkish-American and Turkish-Israeli relations.” “That resolution has no direct connection with Armenia, Armenia and the Armenian genocide,” editorializes the paper. “Nor did it have [such connection] on the past three occasions when the committee did the same.” It shrugs off Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian’s remark that the committee vote underscored America’s “devotion to universal human values.”
“Golos Armenii” attacks leaders of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) for stating that Armenia should not seek international recognition of the Armenian genocide and should leave that task to its Diaspora. The paper says such a stance, if it were to be adopted by the Armenian government, would have “sad results” for not only the recognition process but also Armenia itself. It says HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian already showed his “absolute inability” to confront challenges facing the nation when he was in power from 1990-1998.
Eduard Sharmazanov, the spokesman for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), tells “Hayots Ashkhar” Ter-Petrosian is now “not an authority even within his movement.” “Such a sharp fall in his rating suggests that by 2012 only memories will remain of the [opposition] radicals,” claims Sharmazanov, adding that the HAK will soon start looking for a new leader.
Interviewed by “Haykakan Zhamanak,” opposition leader Aram Karapetian says that his Nor Zhamanakner (New Times) party will continue to cooperate with the HAK but has no plans to join the alliance. “Such things happen ether before elections or at a certain political moment when a certain [cooperation] format is formed,” says Karapetian. He agrees with HAK leaders in that there are now “prerequisites” for fresh presidential and parliamentary elections in Armenia. “But mere prerequisites are not enough in Armenia,” he says. “Steps are needed.”