David Hovannisian, a member of the now defunct Turkish-Armenian Reconciliation Commission (TARC), assures “Iskakan Iravunk” that Monday’s statement by 53 Nobel laureates urging a dialogue between Armenia and Turkey will be taken very seriously by the international community. Hovannisian says that their call for Armenia to “reverse its authoritarian course” shows just how closely the West will be watching the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“Hayots Ashkhar” says the statement is part of broader Western attempts to get Turkey to recognize the Armenian genocide without paying any material compensation to the Armenians. “But this formula was and continues to be rejected by Turkey’s authorities which don’t even want to hear the term Armenian Genocide,” comments the paper. It says the genocide-related section of the statement should have therefore been addressed only to the Turkish side. The pro-government daily also deplores its reference to the Armenian parliamentary elections.
“In advance of the forthcoming elections, various gangs are fighting for power and, therefore, for snatching the biggest slice of economic levers,” “Aravot” writes, explaining the latest upsurge in politically motivated violence in Armenia. “The system existing in Armenia can be reformed only by getting rid of the most unsavory gangster figures. Naturally, people around the world understand that our rotten law-enforcement system is unable to isolate those bandits from the society. Therefore, the only solution, no matter how cynical it will sound, is for them to destroy each other.”
“Chorrord Ishkhanutyun” says the prosecution and possible imprisonment of parliament deputy and businessman Hakob Hakobian will serve as a lesson for other businessmen who “might think that they are independent individuals.” “In these circumstance, it is somewhat strange that the oligarchs are seeking to get into parliament,” says the paper. “After all, their job will be to press buttons on government orders and to do nothing beyond that.”