On February 18-22 in Gudauri (Georgia) a working meeting was held under “Online
Literary Journal for Regional Peace” project. The project is implemented by
Yerevan and Baku Press Clubs with the support of Catholic Relief Services.
As writer Vahram Martirosian noted at the meeting, while presenting the idea
of this annual project and the prospects of its development, soon an online
journal will be launched, publishing the works of Armenian and Azerbaijani writers.
The selection of works will be made in Armenia and Azerbaijan, and they will
be translated into national languages, as well as into English and Russian.
Apart from organizational issues, the meeting participants also discussed different
aspects of bilateral relations. The subject of the presentation of the Program
Coordinator of “Yeni Nesil” Journalists Union of Azerbaijan Naila
Alieva was the mutual perceptions of Azerbaijani and Armenian societies on the
background of regional processes. The President of Yerevan Press Club Boris
Navasardian spoke about the role of the civil society in overcoming xenophobia.
Deputy Chairman of Democratic League of Journalists of Azerbaijan Malik Bayramov
told how the Karabagh conflict is reflected in media and literature of Azerbaijan.
An overview of the past and present of the South Caucasus cultural space was
made by a culture expert Susanna Gulamirian. The media expert of Baku Press
Club Fouad Souleymanov analyzed the political realities and their impact on
the prospects of the Azerbaijani-Armenian civil initiatives. The influence of
the press on the Armenian-Azerbaijani relations was discussed in the presentation
of the Editor of the Yerevan Press Club Weekly Newsletter Elina Poghosbekian.
The presentation of the Baku Press Club President Arif Aliev spoke about the
place of the project in the context of other regional initiatives.