Here's a translation of an article addressed to the Diaspora.
Payqar: "It is time for the diaspora to decide which path it will take."
Published July 25th, 2008.
Government officials and political parties who like to say black is white do so to justify, not Serzh Sargsyan, but themselves, because they, themselves, are his advisers.
Serzh Sargsyan's announcement made in Moscow and his recollection and clarification of it in his presidential newspaper statement leave no room for anything more to be said about the issue. To represent that crystal-clear announcement as anything else would at the very least be political underhandedness.
Serzh Sargsyan said the following, verbatim:
"The second issue that I would like to talk about is Turkish-Armenian relations. Our stance with regard to this question is clear: the border between neighboring nations should not be closed in the 21st century. Regional cooperation can become the best means for the establishment of a lasting presence.
The Turkish side has suggested that a commission be formed with the task of investigating the historical evidence. We are not opposed to the creation of such a commission, if, first, the border between our nations is opened; otherwise, it could become a means for prolonging and taking advantage of the question for years.
I am of a mind to take new steps to stimulate Armenian-Turkish relations. In all probability, I will invite Abdullah Gul, the President of Turkey, to Yerevan to watch together the soccer game between the Armenian and Turkish teams."
First, Serzh Sargsyan, himself, knows that Turkey will take advantage of that situation and draw the matter out for years. Second, if that commission is to be established after the border is opened, then why is it even necessary to establish it? But things are not what they are being made to seem: The establishment of the commission is the precondition to the opening of the border. Turkey must have a guarantee that, after the border is opened, the commission will commence with its work and conclude with advantageous results for itself--Turkey; otherwise, why should Turkey open its border? Why did it not open its border in the last ten years? Isn't it the case that, up until that time, Armenia had set no preconditions to the question of the establishment of Armenian-Turkish relations?
Serzh Sargsyan let his approval be know to the European parliament in as early as 2007: "We are not apposed to the inclusion of Turkey in the European Union." Serzh Sargsyan's opinions had long since been prepared and placed on the agenda, however. It was a part of his presidential elections tour. It is not by accident that PACE dealt more leniently than was called for with the present government and its ties to the events of March 1st. The polistical sale had already been made, and the promises had already been given.
Serzh Sargsyan started trying to make himself acceptable to the European Union after 2006. It was not for naught that during the second half of 2006 and the first half of 2007 he sold in the international market USD $331,666 in order to introduce himself and let his future policies be known (US Department of Justice/ http://en.zhamanak.com /article/803/).