“Aravot” editorializes that the French parliament’s adoption of a bill that makes it a crime to deny the Armenian genocide has not improved Armenia’s strained relationship with Turkey. “Many countries of the world have recognized the Armenian genocide,” writes the paper. “They deserve huge credit for that. Armenian and Diaspora structures also deserve huge credit for being consistent on the issue. But if the same energy and resources were spent on opening the Turkish-Armenian border and pressuring the same countries for that purpose, wouldn’t those who live in Armenia benefit more from that? Wouldn’t the resulting benefits be greater than the moral satisfaction we get from genocide recognition?”
“Hayots Ashkhar” laments what it sees as the Armenian people’s exclusion from the country’s political system. That is why, it says, governing Armenia, both now and in Soviet times, has boiled down to controlling the ruling establishment. “That is why it is so hard to govern Armenia,” writes the paper. “The ruler simply has no time for the people.”
“Hayk” reports that during a recent visit to Moscow Defense Minister Serzh Sarkisian sought to ascertain Russia’s position on his plans to become Armenia’s next president. “Serzh Sarkisian was told by people from [Russian President Vladimir] Putin’s entourage that they will not object to Sarkisian’s nomination and election as president only on the condition that he appoints a person chosen by them as prime minister,” claims the paper. That person, according to “Hayk,” is the president of the Union of Armenians of Russia, Ara Abrahamian.
“Democracy here is developing step by step,” Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian says in an extensive interview with “Haykakan Zhamanak.” “One step forward, one step back. Sometimes one step forward, two steps back. That also happens. I admit that. Therefore, to expect that everything must be ideal here eight months before the elections is probably a self-deception because that won’t be the case.”
“168 Zham” claims that Victor Dallakian, a veteran lawmaker who recently left the opposition Artarutyun bloc, is now negotiating with former parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian on the possibility of forming an electoral alliance with the latter’s Orinats Yerkir party. “He began the negotiations after realizing that he has, after all, no place in the Prosperous Armenia party [of Gagik Tsarukian,]” claims the paper.
“Zhamanak Yerevan” reports that the three liquefied gas stations belonging to the indicted parliament deputy Hakob Hakobian have been closed for more than a week. “This once again proves the fact that the purpose of the criminal case against Hakobian is to take away and re-distribute his assets, rather than a so-called merciless fight against criminal elements,” writes the paper.