“You can’t be in opposition on Turkish-Armenian relations but pro-government on other issues,” “Aravot” editorializes in a blistering attack on the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (Dashnaktsutyun). “You can’t copiously eat from the government trough, acquire businesses, luxury apartments, jeeps and other goodies for 11 years and then, when it comes to national issues, suddenly act with a spotless self-image. You can’t stay silent on the March 1  massacre, help to cover up circumstances of the killings and then declare yourself a carrier of the national dream. Weren’t those killed on March 1 our compatriots? Or maybe those kept behind bars today are foreigners. To neglect the rights of those people and deal with imaginary rights of the nation is indeed an imitation [of struggle.]”
“The same can be said of our Diaspora structures,” continues “Aravot.” “Somehow they have lost their sleep lately. But none of them protested and asked after March 1, ‘Why did you kill our brothers? Why didn’t you let newspapers write what they want for 20 days?’ Isn’t this a national issue?”
“Hraparak,” on the other hand, portrays the Armenian Diaspora as a “homogenous body” which has been unjustly underestimated and even mocked by many in Armenia. “Another conclusion that we can draw is that the Diaspora has its demands from the homeland and those governing the homeland and is not going to abandon them,” says the paper.
“We have to clearly understand that the presented documents are to be signed by the governments of Turkey and Armenia, rather than the Armenians around the world and Turkey,” Vazgen Manukian, head of the presidential Public Council, is quoted by “Hayots Ashkhar” as saying in a written address to members of his National Democratic Union (AZhM) party. That means, wrote Manukian, that the Diaspora should pursue an “independent policy” on Turkey.
“If we had independent pollsters we would know what percentage of people in Armenia are in favor of this issue sensitive to the Armenian people being settled by the illegitimate regime,” writes “Hayk.” “We still have no clear idea of what the Armenian people want,” says the paper.
“Kapital” says the economic situation in Armenia was a key reason why President Serzh Sarkisian embarked on a dialogue with Turkey. The business daily says that the country can no longer count on rapid growth fueled by remittances from abroad and speculative investments in construction. “The world is entering a new reality, a new phase of development,” it says. “The ongoing Turkish-Armenian rapprochement is the result of global economic trends. For post-crisis Armenia, the opening of the border [with Turkey] and the need for new regional realities is primarily a matter of military-political and economic security.”