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PRESIDENT OF ARMENIA SERZH SARGSYAN ON AN OFFICIAL VISIT TO CYPRUS
ARRIVES TO CYPRUS ON MONDAY 17 JANUARY AT 9:00am
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine Thursday 13 January 2011 - The Office of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian has informed us that the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan arrives to Cyprus on Monday 17 January at 9:00am for an official visit to Cyprus. He is being accompanied by a delegation of Armenian businessmen who will attend a joint Armenia - Cyprus business forum in Nicosia.
President Serzh Sargsyan will have meetings with President Demetris Christofias at the Presidential Palace, the President of the Cyprus House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, as well as Archbishop Chrysostomos.
Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will address an afternoon special session of the Cyprus Parliament at 3:30pm, that will be aired live from the Cyprus national TV RIK.
Together with Armenian MP Vartkes M ahdessian, President Sargsyan will visit Nareg school in the afternoon and at 5:00pm attend the opening of old Armenian manuscripts exhibition at the Cultural Center of the Ministry of Education and Culture at Ifigenias 27 (off Armenia street).
The official visit of the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to Cyprus will be concluded by a dinner at the Presidential Palace.
TURKISH FOREIGN MINISTER AHMET DAVUTOGLU IS HOPING FOR THE DECLINE OF INFLUENCE OF THE ARMENIAN DIASPORA, WITH THE RATIFICATION OF THE PROTOCOLS
Tert.am - The influence of the Armenian Diaspora will significantly decline if the Armenia -Turkey Protocols are ratified and brought to life, Turkey's Foreign Minister has said, speaking to the Turkish TV Kon.
"As soon as the Armenian -Turkish Protocols are brought to life, the influence of the Armenian Diaspora will decrease when it comes to including Armenian Genocide resolutions in the agenda of the US Congress," Ahmet Davutoglu said.
Turkey and Armenia signed the protocols on October 10, 2009 in Zurich, Switzerland. The two documents were meant to establish diplomatic relations and open the border between the two countries.
However, the Armenia-Turkey normalization pro cess was halted this spring when Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan signed a decree suspending their ratification in the parliament after Turkey linked their ratification to the settlement the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
ARMENIAN QUARTER RENOVATIONS IN
TURKISH-OCCUPIED NICOSIA IN FULL SWING
EXPECTED TIME OF COMPLETION OF PROJECT, FUNDED BY USAID IS IN 12 MONTHS
The restoration is a Development Programme funded by USA and the UN Development Programme and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine Thursday 13 January 2011 - The renovations of the Armenian quarter in Turkish-occupied Niosia are in full swing and this ambitious project - that includes all of the Armenian quarter in Turkish-occupied Nicosia - has got a delivery date of 12 months, according to project staff who guided us through the renovation sites of what was the heart of the Armenian community of Nicosia decades ago.
All buildings that are in the complex are receiving the face-lift they deserve. Our evaluation is that it is much more than that. Buildings that were left to the mercy of natural decay, to settlers who were living in the school complexes and the deliberate vandalism that our places of worship had been subjected to, are undergoing a fundamental "back to the past" treatment, which together with its completion will perhaps bring back memories of how our community remembers its home.
Unfortunately after almost 50 years of deprivation of our properties - since the inter-communal fightings of 1963 and the subsequent invasion by Turkey in 1974 - most of the older generation are no longer with us to witness the revival of Armenian quarter. Most of them left this world without seeing its decay. Perhaps a blessing.
When on 2 December, 2008 the Armenian community of Cyprus was being briefed by a team of Italian architects about the restoration plan, perhaps very few believed that this would be materialised. Our community and the Cypriot people have no reasons to believe otherwise.
But there.
What we witnessed told a different story.
The kindergarten completely renovated, the two school buildings being painted, The Armenian Prelature restored and receiving a final touch-up, while the Armenian Church Sourp Asdvadzadzin receiving the most delicate and detailed treatment of them all. With the bell tower restored, a team of eight masked Turkish Cypriots were working like bees on the inner walls of the Church. The massive smoke and dust that was coming out of the windows and the doors of the Church could have fooled anyone that the Church was being bombed !
Hardly...
The Turkish Cypriot head of the construction assured us that the project was on schedule and invited us for coffee.
You can view more images of the restoration process at the following link:
TURKISH AUTHORITIES HALT CHRISTMAS RELIGIOUS SERVICE AT RIZOKARPASSO
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine Thursday 13 January 2011 - The Turkish occupation regime in north Cyprus halted a religious service on Greek Orthodox Christmas day (25 December) at the Turkish-occupied village of Rizokarpasso, where enclaved Christian Orthodox Cypriots still live under Turkish occupation.
The Cyprus government was quick to protest to the United Nations and the European Union. Government Spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said that the occupation regime’s act was “completely unacceptable and condemnab le. It constitutes a violation of one of the basic human rights as it is the exercise of religious duties”. The Spokesman added that this act “projects the oppressive substance of the occupation”.
AZERBAIJAN WINNING INFORMATION
WAR WITH ARMENIA SAYS ALIYEV
NEWS.AZ - President Ilham Aliyev has said that Azerbaijan is winning the information war with the international Armenian lobby.
He was speaking after receiving the Journalists' Friend award at a ceremony in the Gulustan Palace on Wednesday.
Azerbaijan's success in the information war can be seen in recent "hysterical behaviour" by the Armenians, the President said in his acceptance speech.
"Today I can say with confidence that we are winning the fight against Armenia and the Armenian lobby. This is proven by their highly strung and hysterical behaviour. Both the press and the increasing number of Azerbaijan’s friends in the world play a decisive role. Azerbaijan is already engaged in offensive diplomacy. We have all the resources for this. Information warfare is our priority."
ILHAM ALIYEV'S HISTORIC
REVELATIONS ON HISTORY
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine Thursday 13 January 2011 - Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's sensational historical revelations on history continued in his New Year's message to the people of Azerbaijan, when he announced that “today’s Armenia was found on Azerbaijani historical lands”.
Although he refrained from his usual militaristic jargon, he said that his country would never let a second Armenian state be found on Azerbaijani lands and concluded.
“We all know very well, that today’s Armenian state was found on historical Azerbaijani lands. Yerevan and Zankezour are our historical lands.”
Happy New Year and Merry Christmas: - (in that order)
CELEBRATING "THE PURPOSE OF CHRISTMAS"
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests’” (Luke 2: 13-14).
I had the privilege to watch the beautiful, picturesque view of Cape Town, South Africa, from the top of Signal Hill last October. The beauty of the Cape shore and the city was breathtaking. I wondered whether God had poured all the beauty of the world into Cape Town. At the same time, the same awesome moment made me realize that the whole creation is so magnificent. What we really miss, though, is reflecting on the beauty of God’s creation and the fact that He created us in His own image.
As we come to the end of 2010, we realize that it was not any easier than the previous one. The world is still very much in turmoil. Hence, it seems right to ask, “How can we reflect and enjoy the beau ty of God’s Creation in the midst of so many challenges?”
Indeed, a very legitimate question. But, I believe we can reflect and enjoy God’s beautiful Creation in spite of the many concerns that sidetrack us because:
1. Jesus loves humankind, for “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
2. Jesus saves humankind, as “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:11).
3. Jesus offers Peace and Reconciliation to humankind, for “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1), and “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18).
The Christmas decorations all around us are “flavours” that add to the celebration of Christmas. But what really matters is to celebrate is the purpose of Christmas: to share His Love, celebrate His Salvation and enjoy His Peace.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May this Season be a time to reflect, experience and share the Purpose of Christmas.
Hrayr Jebejian - Nicosia - Cyprus
TURKISH HACKERS ATTACK
100 CYPRIOT WEBSITES
"GREEK CYPRIOTS NEEDED A SLAP. WE WILL STRIKE AGAIN"
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine Thursday 13 January 2011 - A Turkish hack team named "Akincilar" (Eagle Team) - with a rich online history of Internet raids against American, Israeli and Greek websites - is behind more than 100 attacks on Cyprus websites and portals.
Their leader who goes around with the
pseudonym
Osman Gazi, is already on the black list of the FBI.
What prompted the last wave of attacks by Turkish hackers, whose number is believed to be more than 100, are last week's incidents in Nicosia at the Basketball match between APOEL and Karsiyiaka.
A few months earlier, the same hack team had hit Israeli "targets" after the flotilla incident with the "Mavi Marmara" in which a dozen Turkish activists had been killed by Israeli commandos.
During the serious incident with Israel, members of the hackers had also appea red in the Turkish media, collecting the congratulations of officials and people alike. Regarding the incidents in Nicosia, they declared that "the Greek-Cypriots needed a slap" and went on to warn for future attacks.
VAHAKN MOURADIAN-BOTH AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN:
THE FIRST IN THE CYPRUS NATIONAL GUARD
Simon Aynedjian - Gibrahayer e-magazine Thursday 13 January 2011 - The first Armenian Cypriot Officer in the Cyprus National Guard - Vahakn Mouradian - reported to duty on 3 January 2011 after completing his training as an Officer in the Greek Armed forces.
When Vahakn Mouradian passed his exams in Cyprus and soon after topped more than 1,500 candidates to secure his place as a candidate, the eyes of Greek and Cypriot top military were already on him.
The proud and eager eyes of the Armenian community of Cyprus were also waiting for the arrival of their son, after a four-month training in Greece.
And having completed his training, now Officer Vahakn Mouradian, proved again his leadership skills, his self-discipline, mental and physical toughness by finishing first among 12 Greek Cypriot and 34 Greek Officers, in Loutraki Camp.
Being in a leadership position in the smallest army lined up against the biggest in the region, is a test for starters, let alone excelling as a worthy ambassador of a minority group.
We hope the coming generations of Gibrahays - serving the Cyprus armed forces - will look up to young Vahakn Mouradian and take inspiration from him, to serve our country with resilience and honour.
We salute you Vahakn Mouradian !
PHOTO SHOOT WITH EVA RIVAS
 
News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • financialmirror.com - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today in Nicosia that it is important to solve the Cyprus problem in order to overcome problems like Turkey’s accession negotiations, or EU-NATO relations. “As long as Turkey is not implementing the Ankara Protocol, no negotiating chapters can be closed or have been closed. Moreover, there are eight chapters that can not even open” she said.
  • financialmirror.com - The government said on Tuesday it would press ahead with plans for gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean regardless of disputes with Turkey. Cyprus is planning a major push into oil and gas exploration this year, but Turkey has repeatedly said the move could upset reunification talks for the island.
    "It is the sovereign right of Cyprus to explore for natural gas. Turkey has no right, and nor does any other country, to tell us we do not have that right," President Demetris Christofias told reporters at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Nicosia.
  • The world's earliest known winery has been discovered in a cave in a mountainous area of Armenia. The primitive winery, found near the Armenian village of Areni, is surrounded by ancient graves, leading experts to speculate that the red wine was produced for use in ritualistic funeral ceremonies and as an offering to the dead.
  • In an attempt to disprove the thesis of "water wars", Turkey has engaged in projects to cooperate with its neighbors on building dams over rivers that traverse its borders. Turkey plans to build 18 dams on its borders with Iraq, Syria, Iran, Georgia, Bulgaria and Greece. When the projects are completed, Turkey will have joint dams with all its neighbors except Armenia.
  • Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered the destruction of a monument to friendship with neighbor Armenia, sparking controversy. On a visit to the town of Kars in eastern Turkey on Sunday, Erdogan told the town's mayor, a member of his ruling Justice and Development Party to demolish the "monstrosity" and replace it with a park.
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Letters to the Editor
Thank you Simon and Alexander, for a very interesting story on the monument honouring Mkhitar Sebastatzi and on Vahan M. Kurkjian. A few years ago, Vrejoohie and I came across Kurkjian's "History of Armenia" at the Vassar Book Sale and picked it up. In the inside cover, the handwritten note says: "To Nevart from Astrik, Christmas, 1958" (which was the year the book was published by AGBU).
It's part of Diaspora's rich legacy.
Gibrahayer e-magazine is, itself, a monumental achievement.
God bless you!
Shnorhavor Nor Dari yev Sourp Dznount.
Garo Armenian
NEW YEAR'S PARTY AT AYMA-HMEM
Artsakh Badanegan press release for Gibrahayer e-magazine - On the first afternoon of the New Year, AYMA shook with the sound of children laughing and having fun with Minnie Mouse and Gaghant Baba.
Organised by Artsakh Badanegan Miyoutyoun, more than 50 kids made their way to AYMA for two and a half hours of games, magic tricks, face painting and balloon modelling with Minnie Mouse, and of course followed by presents from Gaghant Baba!
Gaghant Baba gave each Badani a kit with colouring pencils, crayons and watercolours, as well as a notebook, whistle and some chocolate. Before leaving to visit other children, Gaghant Baba cut the traditional Cypriot Vasilopitta cake and had a few bites to eat to feed his belly.
After winning the Musical Chairs game, a lucky badani won 1 month's mem bership to a kid's gym whereas the lucky finder of the Vasilopitta coin won 1 month's membership to a kid's gym for herself and 1 month's membership to a regular gym for her parent. A great start to 2011!
Artsakh Badanegan Miyoutyoun meets at AYMA every Saturday afternoon - all Badanis aged between 8 and 15 are welcome to attend.
For more information on Artsakh Badanegan Miyoutyoun, please call Sevag Gurunlian: 99-202923.
Gibrahayer Calendar of Events
  • Sunday 16 January at 10:00am - A memorial service (Hokehankisd) will be held for national benefactors, Krikor and Garabed Melkonian, after Sunday Mass at the Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Nicosia. Soon after, a brief ceremony will held at the founders’ monument (Tampan) in front of the historical school and all former Melkonian students, graduates, teachers and friends are urged to attend to honour brothers Krikor and Garabed, at a critical for the fate of the school and the entire property, while new Diaspora organisations show interest to re-open the school and the AGBU remains adamant on keeping it shut and selling the estate to the highest bidder. Melkonian Alumni representatives from abroad are also expecte d to attend the memorial service.
  • Monday 17 January - Official visit of the Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan to Cyprus.
  • Friday 28 January at 8:30 pm - 120th anniversary celebrations of ARF Dashnaktsoutiun at PASIDY Hall in Nicosia. Keynote speaker: Dr. Megerditch Megerdicthian followed by joghovertayin khraghjank at AYMA-HMEM. Sign up with Sevag Gurunlian on 99202923 and Hagop Kazandjian on 99394414.
  • Saturday 5 February at 5:00 pm - Manouknere yev menk. Lecture by Vartan Tashdjian - Chairman of Nareg school Hokapartsoutiun. Organised by the Cultural Committee of the Armenian Club of Larnaca at the Hall of the Larnaca Nareg school.
  • Saturday 12 February at 8:30 pm - St. Valentine's Love Night organised by Hamazkayin's Oshagan Chapter with Love songs from Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian and her band. Sign up with Shoushig Bakalian on 99667828 and Louise Aynedjian on 99533684. Entrance 15 euros. Price includes dinner.
Letter to the Editor
Aline Tahmazian - Nicosia - Vahakn Mouradian has returned to Cyprus after four months of rigorous training in Athens as an officer cadet. As the first Cypriot-Armenian soldier to embark to Greece for further training, he brings honour and an exceptional example to the future soldiers of our community.
His return was celebrated on the 24th of December with a Christmas get-together and surprise welcome party at AYMA/HMEM, organised by Gibrosi Yeridasartagan Miyoutyoun (AYF) and his friends.
Everyone was extremely proud of the fine young man that Vahakn has proven to have turned into. The night included pizza and drinks as well as speeches from youth Varich Sevag Gurunlian and Gibrahayer e-magazine Chief Editor Simon Aynedjian, both of whom expressed their extreme pride in Vahak’s achievements.
In Greece, Vahakn was named leader of his group of 46 men, yielding the best results. He was awarded his title through the grading of written examinations on military engineering as well as being favoured by his captain on his leadership skills. Vahakn managed to rank first in both areas, but most notably he was named leader within the third week of his arrival. Being in charge of his battalion and making this difficult choice to further him in the compulsory field of the Cypriot military service, proves to us that Vahakn looks to take the most rewarding road despite its difficulties.
Of his experience he said: “it was unique, full of lessons of all kinds, and definitely the best choice I could have made while in the army”.
So we look with great anti cipation and hope into Vahakn’s future wishing him the best of luck with his upcoming endeavours.
Sports News by Sevag Devletian
  • FOOTBALL: FC Mika of Armenia is training for the CIS Cup matches to be played in St. Petersburg, Russia from January 13 to 23. In February, the club will have two training sessions in Cyprus.
  • BOXING: WIBF/WBA/WBO women’s flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KO’s) will be defending her titles on January 22 against Thailand’s Teeraporn Pannimit (13-3, 5 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout in Hamburg, Germany.
  • CHESS: GM Levon Babujian has scored 4 points after five rounds of Delhi International Open Chess Tournament. Levon is one point behind the six leaders. The tournament hosts 407 chess players.
  • BOXING: Undefeated junior middleweight contender Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan (28-0 17 KOs) will be returning to the ring on February 5th at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. The fight versus an opponent to be determined will headline a Top Rank Live card that will be televised by Foxsports Espanol.
  • CHESS: 23-year-old talented Armenian chess player Tatev Abrahamyan achieved Women's Grandmaster norm in the big open held in Berkeley, USA. Tatev scored 6.5 points out of 10 and shared the 4th-10th places among 58 participants.
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • After being down 0-3, AGBU Ararat managed a 4-4 draw against arch rivals Omonoia in the Futsal Premier League. However, Karekin Costanian's Omonia are nine points ahead.
  • Homenmen suffered a 5-4 defeat against AEK in the Fustal 2nd Division.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's secured a triumphant 9-3 win against Apeleftherossi in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal League.
  • Simon Aynedjian won the Pharma Cup - a year-long seniors round-robin tennis tournament that was played throughout 2010. In the finals, he defeated the 2010 Cyprus over 35 National Champion Paris Lambrou 7-6, 7-5.
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