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“Yerkir” claims that President Serzh Sarkisian’s cooperation offer and decision to essentially meet the three main demands of the Armenian National Congress (HAK) have left the opposition in “deadlock.” The paper says the HAK is trying to get out of it by “distorting the concept of dialogue.”

Galust Sahakian, a deputy chairman of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK), assures “Aravot” that the government’s “doors” for dialogue with the opposition have always been open. “What should that dialogue be about? We have repeatedly stressed that there will be no pre-term elections,” he says. “There are no grounds for that.” Snap elections can therefore not be on the agenda of possible negotiations between the government and the HAK, adds Sahakian.

“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” continues to rebut allegations that the HAK has changed course and is now ready to make deals with Sarkisian. The opposition paper says the HAK’s main demands have not changed since 2008. Nor has the alliance changed its tactic of political struggle, it says. The pro-HAK daily suggests that the bloc’s opposition critics, notably the Dashnaktsutyun and Zharangutyun parties, may be trying to win over the most radical supporters of HAK leader Levon Ter-Petrosian with such claims.

“Hayots Ashkhar” criticizes independent and pro-opposition media outlets that share the Freedom House organization’s view that the Armenian media is not free. The paper says these are the newspapers and online publications that freely express their opinions and criticize the government on a daily basis.

“Which parliament deputy has been castigated for ignorance and non-professionalism?” writes “Hraparak.” “Which functionary has been accused of making money? Which judge has been punished for a wrong and flaw verdict? And yet they can put us, journalists, to shame for a single incorrect news report and accuse us of ignorance for one error.” The paper points to a recent sharp increase in the number of libel lawsuits filed against Armenian newspapers.

(Tigran Avetisian)
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