İstanbul Kültür University

Days Two and Three in Armenia - Turkey Rapprochement: Second Round

GPoT in partnership with the Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF) - Armenia and with assistance from USAID and Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, organized the 2nd round of the Project Second Round of the Days Two and Three in Turkish - Armenian Rapprochement.

The event took place between July 8th and 10th, 2010. The first part of the meeting involved a conference on Turkey-Armenia Policy Discussions held at Istanbul Kültür University with the participation of Turkish and international journalists, diplomats and opinion-makers, where David Hovhannisyan and Joost Lagendijk spoke at a round table moderated by Osman Kavala. The group from Armenia then visited Doğan Media Center to meet with Mehmet Ali Birand and Ferhat Boratav and get a tour of CNNTürk studios.

On the second day of the Project, the group was in Ankara to meet with several senior officials. At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Feridun Sinirlioğlu, the Director-General of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, hosted GPoT and EPF. Mr. Sinirlioğlu spoke on the current situation in Turkish-Armenian relations and explained the Ministry's vision in carrying the relationship forward. The group then visited the Turkish Parliament to meet with Suat Kınıklıoğlu, MP (AKP), Deputy Director of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Spokesperson for Parliament's Foreign Relations Commission, and Yaşar Yakış, MP (AKP), former Minister of Foreign Affairs and ambassador, respectively. Mr.Kınıklıoğlu and Mr. Yakış also briefed the group on the government's activities and stance on Armenian-Turkish rapprochement and answered questions.

The meetings in Istanbul and Ankara, which built on the Yerevan leg of the Days Two and Three in Armenia - Turkey Rapprochement Project, further fortified the relationship between GPoT Center and EPF Armenia, as well as establishing new ties between Turkish and Armenian opinion-makers involved in diplomatic, educational and cultural processes.

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