“Yerkir” writes that the debate over a reference to the Armenian genocide in the European Union’s resolution on Turkey is the first “bitter fruit” born by the Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission. The newspaper repeats traditional arguments against its creation.
But one of the commission members, David Hovannisian, tells “Aravot” that he is still convinced that it was a good idea to bring together prominent Armenians and Turks. The commission’s activities are “useful,” he insists.
“Hayots Ashkhar” comments that whatever Robert Kocharian and other top officials do these days is attacked by the opposition which portrays it as part of the regime’s preparations for the presidential election of 2003. Their purpose is to convince the public that the only thing the authorities are preoccupied with is how to cling to power. The paper says much of the criticism is voiced by representative of the former regime who want to blame their failings on Kocharian.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that the leaders of the HZhK and the National Unity and Hanrapetutyun parties have written to the Armenian ministers of interior and national security, protesting against the alleged “persecution” of participants of the September 28 anti-government rally. They also alleged similar “pressures” in the run-up to their next demonstration scheduled for Friday.
“Aravot” reports that Sunday’s by-elections in two central Armenian constituencies ended in victory for candidates from the Republican Party and the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). The paper says that although the vote was hardly falsified it can not be considered fair because of a widespread buying of votes. The elections also showed that opposition groups can not unseat the authorities when acting separately. They must act in a united front in order to be successful.