ISTANBUL (Hurriyet)–Turkish Education Minister Nimet Cubukcu attended a collective graduation ceremony of 20 Armenian schools in Istanbul on Thursday, reported the private Turkish news channel NTV.
“Our ministry is in cooperation with school directorates. We will do our best to provide textbooks in [different] mother tongues for free and to fill vacant positions for teachers,” Cubukcu said. Students during the ceremony sang the folk song Sari Gelin, which has a place in both Turkish and Armenian traditions.
During the ceremony, a group of parents were holding a demonstration, demanding to meet with the minister. The protestors were removed from the hall.