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ISTANBUL, SEPTEMBER 20, 2002.(ARMINFO): A Rountable “Nonmetrial cultural heritage as a mirrir of cultural variety” is over in Istanbul. The Armenian delegation headed by Minister of Culture for Youth and Sports Affairs Roland Sharoyan took part in it. Speaking at a pressconference in Yerevan today, the minister said 70 ministers and 494 other representatives from 11 countries took part in the Roundtable. Turkish president Ahmet Nedced Sezer welcomed the meeting participants. Within the boundaries of the Roundtable, Roland Sharoyan held a number of business meetings with his Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Swiss counterparts.

The Armenian minister discussed an issue of opening the cultural corridor in the direction of the ancient capital of Armenia Ani with his Turkish colleague. Roland Sharoyan raised this issue in UNESCO as well. France, Greece, Switzerland and many other countries supported the Official Yerevan’s position. Roland Sharoyan said he managed to persuade his Turkish counterpart that Turkey will derive more benefit from opening the corridor than Armenia, to say nothing of the political advantage of the project. However, the problem rests against Azerbaijan pressuring Turkey with the object of preventing the project’s implementation.

In Istanbul, Sharoyan met with representatives of the Armenian Diaspora and business circles of the country. According to the Armenian Minister, Turkey is a very organized country. Even the Armenian cemeteries are in a very good condition, “even better than in Armenia.”

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