(Saturday, April 24)
“Aravot” says that while Diaspora-led efforts at international recognition of the Armenian genocide have been important, Armenians should stop “appearing before the world as long-suffering and broken people.” “The world does not believe in tears, Turkey even less so,” editorializes the paper. “Our neighbors won’t change under the influence of our curses addressed to the Turks. Therefore, we must change from within. There are prerequisites for that. We have a state and an army that has scored victories. We have a culture whose richness and diversity would suffice for several nations. We can’t be proud of the genocide. We can be proud of those of our compatriots who tried to resist butchers, protect their homes and villages during those years.”
“Hayots Ashkhar” says commemorations of the 95th anniversary of the Armenian genocide will mark “a turning point” in the genocide recognition campaign. The paper bases this claim not only on “a drastic increase of those calling for recognition of the Armenian genocide in the international arena” but “deep changes in the views of the international community.”
“Chorrord Inknishkhanutyun” says the suspension of the Turkish-Armenian protocol ratification announced by President Serzh Sarkisian has pleased the Turkish authorities more than anybody else. The paper says Turkish officials and pundits are now saying that Ankara will no longer be blamed for the collapse of the normalization process. “In other words, with that decision, Serzh Sarkisian provided a very big service to Turkey,” it claims.
Citing reported comments by a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, “Zhamanak” says that Moscow is now considering giving Turkey a greater say in the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process. “Another noteworthy fact is that the country talking about looking into Turkey’s possible involvement [in the OSCE Minsk Group] is none other than our strategic ally, Russia,” says the paper.