“Taregir” reports that former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian again strongly criticized the latest Turkish-Armenian agreements on Tuesday. “I don’t understand how the Armenian side could put such a document before our people and agree to humiliating preconditions set by the Turks,” he said. Oskanian claimed that the agreements commit the Armenians to abandoning international recognition of the Armenian genocide.
“In my view, the Diaspora has no right to interfere in Armenia’s internal affairs,” Mikael Hayrapetian, a well-known member of the opposition Armenian National Congress (HAK), tells “Zhamanak” with regard to the Turkish-Armenian negotiations. “If they want to interfere, they should move here, become citizens of Armenia and share our yoke.”
Speaking to “Hayots Ashkhar,” the chairman of the opposition Zharangutyun party, Armen Martirosian, comments on reason for its top leader Raffi Hovannisian’s surprise decision to leave parliament. Martirosian sees no contradiction between Hovannisian’s move and other Zharangutyun deputies’ intention to continue to work in the National Assembly. Martirosian also defends Zharangutyun demands for a national referendum on the agreements with Turkey. “I am sure about what our people would say in that referendum,” he says. “But my confidence is not the main thing. In solving issues of national significance, it is always right to listen to the people’s voice.”
“If those opposed to the [Turkish-Armenian] protocols were honest, they would campaign not for their improvement, which is impossible in both theory and practice, but a categorical and resolute rejection,” writes “Aravot.” “Is that possible? Of course it is possible.”
“Hayk” editorializes on the European Union’s decision on Tuesday to start negotiations on association agreements with Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. “Undoubtedly, it is good that the European Union is willing to expand cooperation with a miserable country like Armenia,” says the paper. “It is extremely pleasant to know they still remember us in Europe. But the European Commission’s decision raises several questions. First, why does the European Union, which is guided by democratic values, want to establish close cooperation and Armenia and Azerbaijan, countries that are thousands of miles away from democratic values? Besides, doesn’t the democracy-promoting European Commission embolden the undemocratic, to say the least, governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan with such a decision? And most importantly, does Armenia want to be associated with Europe?”