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“Zhamanak” says the Turkish-Armenian “roadmap” for normalizing ties is worth nothing in the light of the fact that Turkey continues to link that normalization with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

“Hayots Ashkhar” condemns the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK) for organizing a separate march of its supporters to the genocide memorial in Yerevan on April 24. “Today the international community perceives the fact of the Armenian genocide as one of the key political factors determining the nature and direction of its relationships with Turkey and Armenia,” says the paper. “Furthermore, any country that has problems with Turkey raises the genocide issue to further its own interests, objectively helping to turn a historical fact into a contemporary political issue.”

Dashnaktsutyun leader Hrant Markarian assures “Aravot” that the party’s renewed criticism of the Armenian authorities has nothing to do with the upcoming municipal elections in Yerevan. Markarian also implies that Dashnaktsutyun can not be held responsible for all government actions, especially those directed against the opposition. In particular, he says, Dashnaktsutyun disagrees with the authorities’ continuing refusal to provide venues for opposition conferences.

“Taregir” dismisses Dashnaktsutyun’s threats to quit the governing coalition in protest against Armenia’s rapprochement with Turkey. “If Dashnaktsutyun’s leaders were able to subordinate their parochial interests to Armenia’s national interests, they would have properly evaluated the authorities and slammed the door a long time ago,” says the opposition publication.

“Zhamanak” says the Turkish-Armenian “roadmap” for normalizing ties is worth nothing in the light of the fact that Turkey continues to link that normalization with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The opposition paper claims that by signing the joint statement with the Turks Yerevan effectively accepted the Turkish precondition and agreed to make more concessions to Azerbaijan. “The continuation of that process is beneficial for everyone except Armenia,” it says.

“Iravunk” quotes Galust Sahakian of the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (HHK) as denying any political motives behind a recent deadly shootout between two individuals included on the HHK’s list of candidates for the May 31 elections in Yerevan. “I have said before that all of us are Christians, all of us go to church, but also have Christian criminals,” says Sahakian. “The party is not a sect. It is a piece of the people. Especially the Republican Party.”

(Aghasi Yenokian)
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