Contact: Nevzer Stacey
September 21, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HASNA LAUNCHES ARMENIAN-TURKISH CRAFTING PEACE PROGRAM STARTING IN WASHINGTON, DC FROM SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 3, 2012
Coinciding with the International Day of Peace, a group of 14 Armenian and Turkish stonemasons, architects, private sector restoration experts, and non-profit professionals will arrive in Washington, DC this week to participate in HasNa Inc.’s Crafting Peace stonemasonry cooperation program.
Political tensions between Turkey and Armenia have persisted for over a century despite decades of official attempts at reconciliation. The Armenian and Turkish border communities of Gyumri and Kars, however, share a common cultural heritage which unites both sides despite the various ongoing disputes. Through Crafting Peace, HasNa aims to empower Turkish and Armenian stonemasons and the respective restoration sectors in the border region by providing a platform for them to share expertise and to contribute to the peace-building process utilizing their common experiences and heritage.
During the program in the U.S. capital, the Armenian and Turkish visitors will participate in trainings, meetings with their American counterparts, and site visits to experience the history and development of American stonemasonry firsthand. Participants will work together to develop ideas to implement and ways to cooperate for the joint development of the region upon their return. HasNa Inc.’s U.S. program will be followed by further stonemasonry training in Gyumri and a regional conference in Kars led by program partners City Research Center (Armenia) and Kafkas Kultur (Turkey).
HasNa Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1998. HasNa Inc. programs promote cross-cultural understanding and economic empowerment to encourage individuals and communities to work together toward advancement and peaceful coexistence.