Turkish Journalists Begin Mutual Visit in December

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Mutual working visits between Armenian and Turkish journalists are to begin in December under the protocol recently signed in Turkey on solving the current problems and decreasing tensions in their respective societies–according to the President of the Yerevan Press Club (YPC) Boris Navasardian.

The protocol entitled–"The role of the mass media in overcoming the regional conflicts and removing the image of the enemy," requires that the journalists involved support the efforts for adjusting a dialogue and drawing the three countries closer to each other. It also prohibits the use of propaganda. The protocol was signed by the YPC–the Azeri Yeni Nesil union of journalists–as well as the Turkish Fund of Democracy and the Association of Diplomatic Correspondents.

According to Navassardian–the representatives of all the three sides said that the journalists can create civilized conditions for politicians to make certain political decisions. He said that the YPC is now considering the idea of holding virtual press-conferences with Turkish political and public figures. However–according to Navassardian–it will be difficult to carry out since both sides lack experience in such communication.

Regarding the Armenian-Azeri dialogue–Navasardian believes that given the present anti-Armenian hysteria in Azerbaijan it would be best to stop the meetings on the level of national diplomacy temporarily. Meanwhile–it would be advisable to continue working in other directions–in particular–joint studies of the press and public opinion and the working visits of the Armenian and Azeri journalists to Baku and Yerevan. But the visits of the Armenian journalists to Baku could be dangerous in the current strained situation. The YPC–Navassardian says–will discuss this issue in the near future.

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