LOS ANGELES–In a move likely to be interpreted as yet another step by Turkey to reconcile with neighboring Armenia, Turkey’s Higher Board of Education (YOK) announced Thursday it will be opening Armenian language and literature departmen’s at universities throughout the country, reported World Bulletin News.
The YOK did not say exactly how many college campuses would be affected by the decision.
According to the Anatolian News Agency, Trakya and Neysehir universities will open the departmen’s, accepting a total of 40 students each to the department.
Since 2007, Armenian language has been taught as an elective course at the Bogazici University in Istanbul.
The announcement comes as Turkey steps up efforts to skirt a possible US recognition of the Genocide, using gestures of good will through its universities to create an image of reconciliation with Armenia.
Turkey says recognition of the Armenian genocide by the United States would torpedo these efforts and jeopardize the progress made in the process.