On January 11-15, a group of Turkish journalists visited Yerevan. The journalists represented “Hurriyet”, “Cumhuriyet”, “Turkish Daily News” newspaper and “HaberTurk” news agency, and their visit to Armenia was organized as a part of a joint program by Yerevan Press Club, Association of Diplomacy Correspondents of Turkey and Center for Global Peace (USA). This project with a year’s duration launched in January, 2002, envisages mutual visits of Armenian and Turkish journalists to get to know the lives of the two countries, the meetings with the public and political figures and the subsequent coverage in their media. The arrival of Turkish colleagues was the first in the program.
On January 12 the Turkish journalists visited also Stepanakert where they were received by the President of Mountainous Karabagh Arkady Ghukasian and the MK Minster of Foreign Affairs Naira Melkumian.
On January 14, in Yerevan a round table meeting titled “Coverage of Relations between Armenia and Turkey by the Media of Two Countries” was conducted. During the meeting presentations were made by Yusuf Kanli, Managing Editor of “Turkish Daily News”, the Chairman of the Association of Diplomacy Correspondents of Turkey, and Hakob Chakrian, Observer of “Azg” daily, expert in Turkish studies. The representatives of Armenian media discussed with their Turkish colleagues the nature and the content of publications on the bilateral relations in Armenian and Turkish media, as well as the current regional issues. On the same day the Turkish journalists met Tigran Torosian, the Vice-Speaker of the National Assembly of Armenia.