TURKS, ARMENIANS GATHER AT IFTAR IN KASTAMONU

Today's Zaman
July 31 2012
Turkey

Armenian and Turkish locals came together on Monday at a traditional
iftar (fast-breaking dinner) in Ta┼~_k├Âpru, a district of Kastamonu
province.

The iftar was initiated four years ago by Osman ┼~^enel, the mukhtar
of Ta┼~_k├Âpru's Harmanc─▒k neighborhood. Speaking to the Anatolia
news agency, ┼~^enel said they decided to hold an iftar for Turks
and Armenians living in the area to strengthen unity, fraternity and
solidarity between them.

"Turks and Armenians have been living together for centuries in this
neighborhood in peace and unity," ┼~^enel said, adding that at the
iftars Armenians distribute meals to their Turkish neighbors and
Turks give food to their Armenian neighbors.

Ramadan provides a great opportunity for people of different ethnic,
social and religious backgrounds to come together at the same iftar
table. These iftars not only contribute to social peace but also
strengthen the bonds between different groups living within the
borders of Turkey.