Thug Posted September 14, 2008 Report Share Posted September 14, 2008 Miniaturk in Yerevan Saturday, September 13, 2008 Armenia’s Culture Minister, Hasmik Bogosyan, wants to collaborate with its Turkish counterpart to restore the relations for future generations and overcome the trauma. Bogosyan said her biggest dream was to organize a festival celebrating Turkey in Armenia. VERCİHAN ZİFLİOĞLU YEREVAN - Turkish Daily News Turkey and Armenia should pursue more cultural cooperation, as it would do more to heal historic trauma than diplomacy, Armenia's culture minister said in an exclusive interview with the Turkish Daily News. Amid warming relations between Turkey and Armenia following President Abdullah Gül's recent trip to Yerevan, Hasmik Bogosyan called on the Turkish Culture Minister Ertuğrul Günay to improve relations, saying, “Let's start working collaboratively in the cultural realm to help new generations overcome trauma.” Bogosyan, referring to pain experienced in past decades, said, “We lost our families during the genocide and were forced to leave the lands where we were born. “But it is also a fact that many conscientious Turkish families helped us during those painful events. How can we deny the reality and blame the whole Turkish society?” she said. Dialogue and collaboration in the cultural realm had more significance than diplomatic relations, said Bogosyan, adding this could lead to a speedy rapprochement between Turks and Armenians. Many relics and cultural artifacts from ancient Armenian civilization were located within the borders of modern day Turkey, said Bogosyan, adding that Armenia's Culture Ministry wanted to collaborate with its Turkish counterpart to restore them for future generations. Bogosyan said her biggest dream was to organize a festival celebrating Turkey in Armenia. Ruins of Ani a unifying force Bogosyan said the ancient Akdamar church on a small island in Lake Van in eastern Turkey is important. “Renovation of such structures is significant in terms of passing them onto younger generations. But Turkey neglects one thing: How correct is it to call a church a museum?” she said. Bogosyan said she wished to cooperate on the restoration of Armenian cultural heritage within Turkey, adding that her ministry was ready to give any kind of logistical support to Turkish authorities in order to ensure restorations were made in line with the original characteristics of the structures. Armenian cultural heritage in Turkey was not seen as important according to official policy, said Bogosyan. “No matter how much we deny it, we simply cannot change history,” she said. She drew attention to restoration work that would start soon on the ruins of the ancient Armenian city of Ani, located within modern day Kars, a province in eastern Turkey. She said her ministry was ready to collaborate with the Turkish Culture Ministry on that project. Disputes drags us into dilemma Steps taken in the cultural realm would help promote a rapprochement between the two peoples – Turks and Armenians – even more strongly than steps taken in diplomacy, said Bogosyan. She said Armenia's culture ministry also wanted to have works of Turkish literature translated into Armenian and printed in Armenia, saying this could also be a collaborative project. Turks and Armenians often debate the origins of some food and musical works. “I hate such discussions,” said Bogosyan. “The two peoples existed together for centuries; they had shared emotions, shared lives, shared food and folk songs. How can you say that song belong to that peoples? Such debates are no good for both sides.” //www.turkishdailynews.com.tr/article.php?enewsid=115153 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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