“168 Zham” complains that Armenians turn a blind eye to the weakening of their state and loss of its sovereignty just as they continue demanding Turkish recognition of the Armenian genocide. The paper claims that Armenia is marking the 99th anniversary of the genocide in a “weaker” position than ever before.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says that international recognition of the genocide accelerated dramatically after Armenia became an independent state. “Now that Armenia has joined the ranks of sovereign nations the issue of overcoming consequences of the Armenian Genocide can be included on the agenda of international politics, if we meet the 100th anniversary of the Meds Yeghern with adequate initiatives, with a legal package and a timetable for its implementation,” writes the paper.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports and comments on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statement issued on the eve of the genocide commemorations. “One should hope that things will lead to a situation where Turkey itself recognizes the genocide and opens its border with Armenia,” the paper says.
“Zhoghovurd” reports that President Serzh Sarkisian was taken by surprise as he heard criticism from two members of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences at a meeting held in Yerevan on Wednesday. The paper says that an irritated Sarkisian berated one of those scientists, Ruben Jrbashian, who denounced government plans to use more water from Lake Sevan for irrigation purposes. It says Jrbashian voiced legitimate concerns and Sarkisian failed to dispel them with his angry remarks.
“Hraparak” says that the Armenian government has repealed its controversial decisions only under pressure from civic groups and individual Armenians who are usually not affiliated with any political party. “The society is a powerful force,” the paper. “A society that takes to the streets and fights for its right is two, three or even four times as powerful.” There is nothing the authorities can do against such a social “deluge,” according to “Hraparak.”