YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A literature exhibition devoted to the 100th birthday of the Kurdish classic–Arab Shamilov–opened at the National Library of Armenia Wednesday.
Karlene Chachane–who is Head of the Department for Kurdish literature at the Writers’ Union of Armenia–said Armenia is considered to be the center of Kurdish literature–and that the Kurdish alphabet was created in Armenia as well with hundreds of books published there in the language. The Kurds also have a newspaper published in Armenia called–"Rya Taza," and according to Chachane–are planning to publish a "Friendship" magazine by year’s end.
Wednesday’s opening ceremony was attended by representatives of Kurdish intelligentsia and public figures who arrived from several CIS states–including Khana Altan–who is the leader of the Kurdish national-liberation front in the CIS. Khana pointed out that some 500,000 Kurds currently live in the CIS–with the greatest numbers living in Transcaucasus–Kazakhstan and Russia.