“Although a number of political forces stated yesterday that they will not engage in pre-election campaigning today [because of the Armenian genocide commemorations] it is clear what their statements today will be indirectly connected with the elections,” writes “168 Zham.” “That is absolutely natural and normal because at least on the issue of international recognition of the Armenian genocide all political forces are unanimous. Despite tactical differences, they all seek, or would seek in case of coming to power, to achieve international recognition of the Armenian genocide.”
“The solemn occasion of April 24 is not a good moment to revive internal political disputes, even in a pre-election period,” writes “Hayots Ashkhar.” “Today the international community regards the fact of the Armenian genocide as one of the key political factors conditioning the nature and direction of its relations with Turkey and Armenia. Furthermore, in the existing circumstances any country that has a problem with Turkey raises the genocide issue in its own interests, objectively helping to turn a historical fact into a current political issue.”
“Aravot” says Armenians should stop referring to themselves as “long-suffering people.” “According to that logic, there are nations whose homes have never been invaded, whose innocent citizens have not been killed, whose women have not been raped, whose towns and villages have not been looted and burned down by enemies,” explains the paper. “Has that happened only to Armenians? Is that our national feature? Perhaps the only difference is that that has not happened to all nations in the relatively recent past, in the 20th century, and not all killers, murders and looter claim as impudently as the Turks do that they have not committed any crime against the Armenians.”
“Zhamanak” wonders whether former President Robert Kocharian is actually involved in Armenia’s parliamentary race and whether the Prosperous Armenia Party (BHK) “reflects his interests” with its political activities. The paper points out that former Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian suggested before joining the BHK that Kocharian will have “some involvement” in the parliamentary elections.