Establishing Armenian-Turkish Relations Can Also Begin With Culture:


Oct 26 2009

Soon, Armenian and Turkish historians and archeologists will meet
in Kars. The scientists will decide together how to reconstruct Ani
ruins, reports Azerbaijani news source, making reference to
Turkish news agency Patronlar Dunyasi.

Turkish Culture and Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay stated in
his interview to Star TV that the joint commission continue their
work in shaping the commission, which will make a decision on the
reconstruction of ruins in Ani, a historical Armenian village currently
found within Turkey’s borders.

"The final issues related to the commission’s formation are being
discussed, and in the near future, all of you will witness the
activities of that structure," Gunay said.

According to the minister, joint cultural projects are planned to
begin in the near future, in which Armenian and Turkish singers and
musicians will take part.

"Some Turkish renowned singers and musicians have Armenian roots. In
establishing relations, we shouldn’t focus on a few unpleasant details,
but rather, [we should] attempt, by joint efforts, to find positive
aspects in relations," the minister stated.

Asked whether the minister is going to visit Armenia in the future,
Gunay said he doesn’t exclude the possibility.

"Why not? I don’t exclude such a possibility. After all, the approach
[that is, the establishment of Armenian-Turkish relations] can also
begin with culture," he said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS