The media in Turkey has quickly disseminated the statement by President Vedat Akcayoz of the Culture and Art Association of Kars Province—which borders Armenia—to the effect that the ancient ruins of Ani need to be introduced to tourists in the form of the One Thousand and One Nights stories.
But what’s funny here is that even though this Turkish “man of arts” has been to Armenia and has spoken about cultural cooperation during Armenian-Turkish platforms held in Kars, his aforesaid statement does not refer to Ani being an ancient Armenian city.
Furthermore, Vedat Akcayoz noted that Ani was home to numerous civilizations such as the Urartians, Hurs, Persians, Byzantines, Ottomans, Seljuks, and those who came from Georgia.
But here, this Turkish “man of arts”—who wishes to establish cultural ties with the Armenians—mentioned the Hurs and the Persians for Ani, but he did not at all remember the Armenian structures and churches that are still standing there.
By Arthur Hakobyan