“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says Turkey’s threats to deport Armenian nationals working there are bound to fall flat. “First of all, there are definitely not 100,000 Armenian citizens in Turkey,” comments the paper. “That is, [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan is slightly lying. Secondly, there is a clear international definition of the expulsion of 100,000 people: deportation. And by threatening to deport 100,000 Armenians Erdogan is effectively acknowledging that his ancestors could do just that.”
“Lastly, if Erdogan thinks that Armenia’s authorities are worried about the fate of 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey, then he is badly mistaken,” concludes the paper.
“When they say ‘If you don’t give away Karabakh we will expel all Armenian citizens living here without permits’ the meaning of that threat is not well understood,” editorializes “Aravot.” “Did we ask the Turks to keep illegal migrants? Are they doing us a favor by not honoring their own laws? Turkey’s government is obliged to have deported those people long ago.”
Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” Republican Party spokesman Eduard Sharmazanov insists that there are no serious disagreements within Armenia’s governing coalition. “I wouldn’t say that there are problems inside the coalition, that relations between the coalition parties have worsened and so on,” says Sharmazanov. “It’s just that some assessments were made. What was said was said. After all, the coalition is an alliance of three political forces. Each of them has its views on one or another issue … The coalition is consolidated around the president of the republic and, I’m sure, the coalition parties will continue to work together productively.”
“Kapital” weighs in on the inner-coalition debate on whether the economic crisis in Armenia is over. The paper warns of “a second wave of the crisis” that might countries around the world, including Armenia. “Besides, the Armenian economy has not improved in the structural sense yet to give us reason to talk about its growing resilience,” it says. “We are extremely vulnerable to external influences such as metal prices, the amount of remittances, loan injections and the degree of the diversification of export markets.” The paper concludes that “we will be in crisis until the economy becomes healthy.”