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Turkey demolishing Armenia statue

dedicated to the ties between the two Countries

Turkey started to dismantle a monument dedicated to the friendship between Yerevan and Ankara situated in the town of Kars, at the Turkish-Armenian border.

The "Monument to humanity was a 30 metres tall 19 tons statue depicting a man split by halves. The dismantling operation had to begin on 24 April, the anniversary of the Armenian genocide, but the wind prevented from work to begin and made it necessary to postpone it for a couple of days.

The removal was carried out after an argument started by Turkish prime minister Erdogan who had called the statue "an obscenity built besides the tomb of a Muslim scholar".

27 April 2011

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