“Haykakan Zhamanak” claims that the Armenian government went to great lengths to convince Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to arrive in Yerevan late on Wednesday, rather than Thursday. This, the paper explains, would create “an imitation of a two-day visit.” The Russians agreed to that “with great difficulty.” “Armenia has long lost its ability and opportunities to express discontent and protests to Russia. It is now left to implore and beg.”
“Aravot” editorializes that the increasingly frequent Turkish offers of a “dialogue” with Armenia are aimed at “showing the entire world that the Armenians have really forgotten the genocide and are ready to forgive the Turks that crime.” “So Turks will continue to visit Armenia and invite us to their country to be told that it is time to forget the past and look to the future. Then their media would trumpet that the Armenians are ready to forget everything.”
“For Turkey, removing the genocide issue from the agenda is as urgent as was the need wipe out the Armenians 90 years ago,” adds “Aravot.” “This is the state policy of the Turkish which continues to be implemented single-mindedly.” The paper advises Armenians involved in dialogues with Turks to avoid making “statement that could be distorted or taken out of context later on.”
“Azg” also issues such warning, saying the Turkish media are notorious for misquoting Armenians visiting Turkey.
“Haykakan Zhamanak” reports that a non-governmental organization led by Prosecutor-General Aghvan Hovsepian plans to organize a huge circle dance around Armenia’s highest mountains. The show is supposed to involve thousands of people. “Our entire nation must at last do something together,” a senior member of the Nig-Aparan organization, Levon Khachatrian, is quoted as saying. “Maybe after this initiative the Chinese will decide to dance around their wall.” Khachatrian says a special committee organizing the event is headed by Hovsepian and meets every day.
“Many could say that instead of performing a circle dance, the prosecutor-general would do well to tackle crime in the country,” notes “Haykakan Zhamanak.” But Khachatrian disagrees, saying that “only a jealous person can exploit this glorious and supra-partisan initiative.”
“The extremely low exchange rate of the dollar [in Armenia] is hitting hard a society that survives by counting every penny,” comments “Hayots Ashkhar.” “A coordinated financial speculation plays a certain role here. Regardless of its strengthening and stabilization in the world, the dollar will perform in Armenia the way our ‘green generals’ want.”