“Aravot” criticizes the opposition led by Levon Ter-Petrosian for attacking President Serzh Sarkisian over his stated readiness to accept Turkey’s proposal to set up a commission of Turkish and Armenian historians. “Any sensible person, regardless of their political affiliation or attitude towards the current president, should welcome such approach,” editorializes the paper. “Any Dashnak should oppose that approach. But somehow the Dashnaks remain silent because they are making use of the coalition trough, whereas the opposition, which seems to have decided to be more Dashnak than the Dashnaks and more Diaspora lover than all Diaspora lovers on this issue, is effectively declaring that Serzh Sarkisian is a traitor denying the genocide.”
“Hraparak” comments on Prime Minister Tigran Sarkisian’s concerns about government corruption in Armenia. The paper says the problem would not have taken deep roots in the country without the connivances of its rulers, including Serzh Sarkisian. “So Tigran Sarkisian’s latest audacious move leaves the impression of self-criticism, to say the least,” it says.
“Hayots Ashkhar” speaks out against the consensus-based decision-making of the Armenian parliament’s ad hoc commission investigating the March 1 clashes in Yerevan. The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) advocated that in its latest resolution on Armenia. The paper says opposition members will disrupt the commission’s work if all of its decision are required to be made unanimously. It also takes issue with the resolution’s calls for the Armenian authorities not to place “undue restrictions” on opposition rallies. “Having said that, we believe that after the summer session of the PACE the opposition has no option but to engage in dialogue with the authorities,” concludes “Hayots Ashkhar.”
“Iravunk” comments on Ter-Petrosian’s calls for all ten victims of the March 1 violence to be declared national heroes. The paper says that only 14 individuals have received such titles so far, and lists their names. Among them are the late Vazgen Sarkisian and Karen Demirchian, French-Armenian singer Charles Aznavour as well as several Karabakh war heroes.