While Raffi K. is ” happy to read that the provisions of dual citizenship are being discussed in great length in Parliament”, Sassna Dzrer amounts the discusstion on the Dual Citizenship bill to something “Ridiculous”. Speaking of the bills supporters Pokr Mher comments writes at Sassna Dzrer:
[…]Its supporters argue that dual citizenship would encourage many more in the dispersion to feel a real connection to the ROA and would increase travel to and investment in Armenia. As if that is not possible now. […]These are fine sentiments indeed but for the most part based on emotional desires and not on concrete analysis of the situation and conditions involved. Before we can even contemplate dual-citizenship , concerned individuals and organizations on both sides of the Armenian divide need to get serious regarding how we can, to the extent possible, bridge the cultural and communications gap that has kept the two sides strangers for the past fifteen years since independence.[…]
Armenia Blog disapproves of Armenia’s insistence to develop relations with Turkey without precondition (the blogger has explained more about his reasons in an earlier post) and evalutes Kocharian’s interview in France, where the president of RA expressed his readiness to reestablish relations with Turkey without preconditions and create an intergovernmental commission for discussing “most sensitive” issues [i.e. Armenian Genocide] as “surrender to Turkish demands”, saying the commission will only be for show.
Sassna Dzrer however seems to have taken a radically different view of Kocharians words, subtitling them as “the Rational” bit of news in last weeks Armenian foreign politics. It is important to mention, that the bloggers are using different sources for their quotes, and Sassna Dzrer seems to have had accessed a fuller version of the interview, which has led him to different conclusions.
Interesting, how both bloggers quote the same sentence by Kocharian with such vastly different interpretations:
“That’s why we are ready to establish diplomatic relations with Turkey without conditions and to create an intergovernmental commission and to discuss all questions, even the most sensitive.” (via Armenpress)