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Diyarbakir Mayor to Armenians: ‘This City is Yours as Much as it is Mine’

Speaking at a reception held on the occasion of the closing of the dome of the Sourp Giragos Armenian Church in Diyarbakir, the mayor of the greater Diyarbakir municipality, Osman Baydemir told the Armenians gathered there: “This city is yours as much as it is mine. You have as much a claim to this city as I do.”

Deteriorating Church in Diyarbakir Wary of Turkey’s Offer of Help

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Hurriyet)–The foundation overseeing the Surp Giragos Armenian Church in Southeast Turkey has welcomed an offer by Turkey’s culture minister to help with restoration efforts, but only if the building can remain as a place of worship. The church is currently in a decrepit state and in urgent need of restoration. Culture Minister Ertugrul

Diyarbakir Aims to Become Cultural Center in Middle East

ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–The southeastern city of Diyarbakir has established its first culture and art foundation to host a number of international festivals in the upcoming years, in the hopes that the city can become the culture capital of the Middle East. Bejan Matur, a young poet of Kurdish origin, had an academic career in the field

Bomb Destroys Turkish Military Vehicle in Diyarbakir

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Combined Sources)–A powerful explosion killing 5 people and wounding 68 others ripped through a military vehicle Thursday in Diyarbakir, the largest city in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish southeast. The car bomb exploded as the vehicle was passing on a road in the city center near a Turkish military base currently being used to stage

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