Namık Kemal Dinç, Ayhan Işık and Pakrat Estukyan from Istanbul, members of the Zan Institute for Social, Political and Economic Studies (Zan Foundation) were supported with the Turkey-Armenia Travel Grant to visit Yerevan to conduct a research about Kurdish- Armenian Relations after the Armenian Genocide and to meet academicians at the Institute for Armenian Studies of Yerevan State University.
Namık Kemal Dinç
“We stayed in Yerevan for three days. We had limited time for sightseeing and observing around. The first outstanding thing in the city of Yerevan which had an architecture that outpoured the cultural accumulation was stillness. Coupled with this stillness you could also feel the sorrow in people too.”
“Our visit was aiming not only for meeting new people but also establishing new ties, presenting our new book, to search grounds for the design of our new research project, to get in touch with new institutions and people for future collaboration. I could say that our travel was successful and we could get the results on every topic mentioned above.”
“The separation and the limitations enforced by the so-called national boundaries, the inability of the people of the countries to fairly face their past, and, especially, Turkey’s non-recognition of the 1915 genocide –and even not allowing discussions on the topic – show us that the real problem is not of physical boundaries but of a very serious emotional/ideological border. The continuation of these travels and even increasing the number of flights, is especially important precisely because they help cross these emotional boundaries.”