YEREVAN— A high-level meeting between delegations representing the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) and the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP) of Turkey was held in Istanbul on Nov. 12. This was the first time since 1923 that an official ARF delegation visited Istanbul.
The BDP delegation was led by Nazmi Gür, head of BDP’s foreign relations committee and member of the Turkish Parliament, elected from Van. The ARF delegation was led by Mario Nalpatian, member of the ARF Bureau and vice-president of Socialist International.
The Istanbul meeting was part of an ongoing dialogue about the possibilities of Armenian-Kurdish cooperation, Western Armenia and Kurdistan, as well as the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian and Kurdish nations.
A previous meeting was held on Oct. 29, in Washington, D.C., between delegations led by BDP co-chair Selahattin Demirtaş and ARF Bureau member Hagop Der Khatchadourian.