Hüseyin Hayatsever considers it important to understand what Armenian journalists think about the Armenian-Turkish relations through unmediated communication, without involving a third party and it became possible due to his participation in the “Media Bus” project.
The press conference was attended by journalists from Armenia and Turkey, as well as by Vazgen Karapetyan (Associate Director at Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF)), Mery Musinyan (Journalist at Public Radio), and Osman Ünalan (Journalist at Today’s Zaman).
Vazgen Karapetyan spoke on the third bus tour organized within the framework of the Programme “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process.” The previous two bus tours brought about the formation of a group of 30-40 journalists from Armenia and Turkey who nowadays communicate as professionals and friends. “The third project participants have traveled through Western Turkey and are in Yerevan now. After the first part of the project is over, I do hope, they will keep in touch and wisely use their friendship and relations in their professional activities,” Vazgen Karapetyan said.
Mery Musinyan described the Turkey they saw as a very interesting and amazing country and added that they got off the bus in Armenia with a more precise idea about one another.
“Since we do not have diplomatic relations, we want to know what people think and what opportunities of normalization are granted by such tours,” said Mery Musinyan, adding that she intends to show her followers the established dialogue between the Armenian and Turkish journalists.
“Our followers are eager to read about Armenia especially when the Turkish Prime Minister or President speak about Armenia,” said Osman Ünalan, “Armenia is a more editorial topic and it is usually discussed only when necessary.”
Mery Musinyan said, “I have no idea when politicians will open the borders but I do know that we as true progressive and free speaking individuals will abolish these borders in our minds. We will ruin that wall in our mind.”
If politicians do not take actions to normalize the Armenian-Turkish relations, Hüseyin Hayatsever believes, journalist will be limited regarding their actions. “I don’t want to neither humiliate nor exaggerate the role of journalists. We have much to do and first of all it is the language we write. It must not spread hatred,” said Hüseyin Hayatsever.
Osman Ünalan urged journalists and public sector representatives in Armenia and Turkey to break away from the negative thinking to resolve the issue.
Hüseyin Hayatsever is convinced that our geographic region is full of sorrow and to put an end to the grief and pain it is necessary to have values equal to the grieves.
On September 13, 2018, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development (UFSD) hosted a workshop on “Exchange of Best Practices in Plastic Waste Management between Armenia- and Turkey-based CSOs and Practitioners.” The workshop is part of a project that contributes to the development of cooperation between environmentalists, waste management practitioners, businesses and local authorities of Armenia and Turkey through sharing best practices in plastic waste management. The grantee, Urban Foundation for Sustainable Development in partnership with the Union of Diyarbakir Young Businessmen organized a 1-day workshop in Diyarbakir with participation of 20 representatives of local authorities, plastic waste management practitioners, environmental CSOs, businesses in the field of plastic waste separation and recycling from Armenia and Turkey. The workshop was followed by a study visit to Plastic Waste Recycling Plant in Diyarbakir, as well as a follow-up exchange workshop in Yerevan. Based on the results of the study visit and workshops UFSD will produce a booklet on the best practices of plastic waste management in Armenia and Turkey. The project will result in an increased awareness of stakeholders of the plastic waste management practiced on the other side of the border, as well as will provide an opportunity for networking between practitioners and businesses focusing on plastic waste management. Representatives of local authorities may consider replicating the best practices in plastic waste management in their own communities.
This activity took place within the framework of the Sub-grants Scheme implemented by Eurasia Partnership Foundation as part of the “Support to the Armenia-Turkey Normalization Process” programme, funded by the European Union and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.