Armenian Singers Refuse ‘Cultural Cooperation’ with Turkey

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–A group of Armenian singers and musicians rejected a proposal for cultural cooperation put forth by a Turkish production company–calling it a "dangerous" offer.

Speaking at the news conference on Friday–singer Arsen Grigorian–who received the offer–called on his colleagues to also reject participation in the Armenian-Turkish cultural project.

"It is not by an accident that the Turks are attempting to engage Armenia’s in a pro-Turkish project–to be funded by the US–in the same year we are marking the 90th anniversary of the Armenian genocide," he said.

According to Grigorian–the Turkish production company TDI is planning to produce a CD of performances by Armenian and Turkish musicians.

"They are trying to convince the world that Armenia’s and Turks can be friends. As long as they deny the Genocide–I cannot accept any cultural or economic cooperation," he concluded.

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