Earlier this week, two 30-something performance artists from Turkey and Armenia did what their countries have failed to do for decades -- put the violent past behind them and shake on it. For 43 hours straight.
The outdoor handshake, staged in Tbilisi between Armenian mime Oganes Ajinian and Turkish actor Denis Barish amidst freezing temperatures, was intended, as Ajinian put it to Livepress.ru, to encourage "normal relations" between "all people." Organized by a collaborative network of Turkish and Armenian NGOs, the event now has been submitted for a Guinness World Record.
But other Turkish-Armenian handshakes could prove more difficult. Tomorrow, another, more prominent one will occur, yet most likely will rank among the shortest ever.
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