“The idea of independence has not taken root in our society,” “Aravot” writes in an editorial on the 21th anniversary of a declaration of independence adopted by Armenia’s first post-Communist parliament. “It hasn’t become an object of our pride and concern. Why? Everything is propagated in Armenia: government and opposition, revolution and counterrevolution, pluralism and national ideology, orthodox faith and sects. The only thing that is not propagated in our country is the idea of independence. For it does not belong to anybody. No party can get dividends from it. Nobody can get posts or wealth through it.”
“Yerkir” reports that Turkey’s parliament has removed the controversial Turkish-Armenian protocols signed in 2009 from its agenda. The paper says that amounts to their official invalidation by Ankara. “Thus Ankara has slammed the door in the face of Armenia and the international community,” it says.
“On the one hand it is good that the process [of Turkish-Armenian rapprochement] has been discontinued in this way,” continues “Yerkir.” “But the question is at what cost. Armenia has left the game as a party ready to make unilateral concessions on national issues and get nothing in return.”
“Haykakan Zhamanak” analyzes what it sees as growing tensions between the leadership of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun) and the party’s branch in the western United States. The paper notes that two leaders of that branch were not reelected to Dashnaktsutyun’s governing Bureau at a recent party congress in Armenia. “This was the first sign that relations between Dashnaktsutyun members in the U.S. and the party’s current leadership, notably Iranian-Armenian Hrant Markarian and his team, are worsening,” it says.
This was followed by the August 18 statement in which Dashnaktsutyun’s largest American chapter subjected President Serzh Sarkisian to harsh criticism. The Bureau’s negative reaction to that statement means that the Armenian-American structure wants to distance itself not only from Armenia’s government but also the Dashnaktsutyun leadership in Yerevan, concludes “Haykakan Zhamanak.”
Political scientist Alexander Markarov tells “Hayots Ashkhar” that the ongoing dialogue between the government and the Armenian National Congress (HAK) “contains more positive than negative elements” for Armenia’s political class and public in general. “Public unity and the atmosphere of internal political tolerance are much more important and desirable than any confrontation,” says Markarov.