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ANKARA: Zarakolu Given Top Prize Of Armenia

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    Hurriyet Daily News
    May 30 2012

    Prominent publisher Ragıp Zarakolu yesterday received the Presidency
    Prize of Armenia in Yerevan, becoming the second person from Turkey
    to have received this prize. Before Zarakolu, Turkish journalist of
    Armenian descent Hrant Dink, (editor in chief of Turkish-Armenian
    weekly Agos, who was shot dead in front of his office building in
    Istanbul in 2007), received the same award.

    Acknowledment of Armenian culture "I am honored to be here to receive
    Presidency Prize of Armenia. It is an extraordinary felling to be here,
    in independent Armenia. Mr.

    President, I thank you and the institutions that awarded me this prize
    for my modest contribution toward the acknowledgement of Armenia's
    historical and cultural heritage," Zarakolu said during his speech.

    Zarakolu also commented on the contributions of Armenians to Turkish

    "We can't talk about Seljuk and Ottoman Cultural heritage without
    mentioning the Armenian contributions. Unfortunately Turkey prefers to
    deny its cultural heritage, rather than face the truth ... Anatolia
    misses her disappeared children. After you, Anatolia lost her aura,
    what remains are scared lands and ruined towns," Zarakolu said.

    Charges Zarakolu was arrested in November on terrorism charges
    as part of an investigation into the Kurdistan Communities Union
    (KCK). He was held in prison for six months before being released
    in April. The justification for the release was explained as the
    "duration of the imprisonment time, the possibility of a change to
    the classification of the offence, and evidence."

    The first hearing of the case will be held on July 2 in Silivri.

    From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress