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700 VOTERS SEND A VICTORY MESSAGE
AT ELECTION GATHERING FOR ARMENIAN
MP VARTKES MAHDESSIAN
Gibrahayer e-magazine - 13 May 2011 - 700 Armenian Cypriot voters gathered at an unprecedented election gathering for Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian, sending a clear message for next weeks election outcome for victory.
In his short speech, Vartkes Mahdessian outlined the core of his activities and said that as a man of few words and more of deeds, he would deliver his election promises, just like he had in the previous five years.
He continued by saying that he had tried to solve the problems of our community to the best of his abilities and he had denied assistance to no one. My program is familiar to you all ... let us all continue together he declared.
Amid the applause of an enthusiastic crowd of supporters, a cultural program with Gore Melian and X-Factor star Hovig followed. What originally started as an election gathering, soon turned into a celebration, with the OCCHIO Lounge rocking to the sounds of Armenian kochari until the early hours of the morning.
In the election gathering of Dr. Antranik Ashdjian on Monday - attended by around 170 community members - the evaluation of the state of affairs of the community was quite different, where SD Henchagian Party representative Hagop Dikranian, together with their new-found ally Dr. Antranik Ashdjian, under the slogan of the future belongs to everyone, drew a gruesome picture of the Gibrahay community and unleashed a slanderous and destructive attack on the five-year work of Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian.
In the Armenian-language newspaper Artsakank - that circulated the following day - Chief Editor Arto Tavitian had this to say to his former party comrade Dr. Antranik Ashdjian
The Office of the Representative of the Armenian Community, Vartkes Mahdessian, in co-operation with the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus, organised on Sunday 8 May 2011 the fourth visit-pilgrimage to the Sourp Magar Monastery (Magaravank). The first time was on 6 May 2007, when Armenian Cypriots visited the occupied Armenian Monastery as a community after 33 years. According to the Representatives Office, around 150 Armenian Cypriots visited the monastery on Sunday, some of whom came especially from abroad.
The monastery was founded by Copts around the year 1000 AD and in 1425 it was inherited by the Armenians. It is dedicated to Saint Makarios the Hermit of Alexandria and it is located in the eastern part of the Turkish-occupied Pendadhaktylos at an altitude of 530 metres and a small distance from Halevga, within the Plataniotissa forest. The vast land of the monastery, which is nearly 8.500 donums, includes 30.000 olive and carob trees, extends up to the sea and is known to be picturesque and idyllic. From the monastery one can see the Taurus mountain range in Cilicia, which is right opposite.
The Armenian Monastery had been for centuries a popular pilgrimage for Armenians and non-Armenians and a place of recuperation for Catholicoi (Patriarchs) and other Armenian clergymen from Cilicia and Jerusalem, as well as a popular centre for local and foreign travellers and for pilgrims en route to the Holy Land. Furthermore, the monastery was used as a summer resort, where Armenian scouts and students would camp, including students of the Melkonian Educational Institute, many of whom were orphans of the Armenian Genocide. A large number of exquisite and priceless manuscripts, dating back to 1202, as well as other valuable ecclesiastical relics were housed there. Fortunately, in 1947 some of them were saved when they were transferred to the Cilicia Museum of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia.
The Magaravank is the only Armenian monastery in Cyprus and, together with the church of the Virgin Mary in occupied Nicosia, it is the most important Armenian church monument on the island. It was occupied in August 1974 during the Turkish invasion and ever since it remains at the mercy of nature, silent, ruined, desecrated and deserted, awaiting for its rightful owners to return.
Vartkes Mahdessian - Representative of the Armenian Community
PERA KHORIO & NISOU GYMNASIUM COMMEMORATE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
Simon Aynedjian for Gibrahayer e-magazine - With the initiative of Pera Khorio and Nisou teacher Levon Kazandjian, the Gymnasium of Pera Khorio and Nisou commemorated the 96th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with an event that took place on Tuesday 11 May, at 11:00 am under the high auspices of the President of the Cyprus Parliament Marios Garoyian, who was also the main speaker of the event.
The commemoration was attended by the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian, Nareg school Principal Vera Tahmazian, Hokapartsoutiun and PA members of Nareg, Ministry officials and 500 students.
Soprano Sona Gargaloyian, the SIPAN dance ensemble, the school choir and
X-Factor star Hovig performed in the cultural program.
After the event, participants were talking about one of the most moving and well organised Genocide commemorations ever organised in Cyprus.
Gibrahayer have learnt that members of other Greek Cypriot schools have expressed their wish to organise similar events in the future.
What better way to promote our cause and our community to our fellow citizens.
MARIOS GAROYIAN CALLS TURKEY
AN INTERNATIONAL TERRORIST
PSEKA press release - President of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian has stressed the responsibilities of the international community as regards Turkey's crime - the Armenian Genocide - saying that if Turkey had been punished for that crime, the Turkish invasion against Cyprus may not had taken place.
Describing Turkey as an international terrorist, he called upon Ankara to admit its crime and apologize to humanity for it.
If Turkey had been punished for its enormous crime - the Armenian Genocide of 1915 - the Turkish invasion against Cyprus may not have taken place, he stressed, addressing Tuesday a school event entitled Armenian Genocide from the past to the present. Garoyian underlined the responsibilities of the international community, saying that the Armenian Genocide must be condemned and recognized by all and called upon Turkey to admit its crime and apologize to the Armenian people and all humanity.
Unfortunately, he went on to add, the non punishment of Turkey by the international community increases Ankara's intransigence and described Turkey as an international terrorist, who, through military power, attempts to impose its rules on its neighbours and non neighbours. As long as Turkey remains unpunished, the international community has no right to be proud of today's world order, he stressed, adding the international community should feel as an accomplice, as long as the Armenian Genocide and other ethnic cleansing crimes of Turkey remain unpunished. He recalled that Cyprus was the first country to raise the issue in 1965 before the UN General Assembly, asking for an international condemnation of the crime and said that the Cypriot House of Representatives as well as the Greek Parliament were among the first Parliaments to have condemned it.
Gibrahayer e-magazine - Nicosia - On Friday May 6 at 8:00pm the much anticipated annual performance of Sipan dance ensemble of the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter took place at the Pallas Theatre in Nicosia in a SOLD OUT event that forced many to quickly seek tickets for the Larnaca performance that will take place at the Larnaca Municipal Hall on SUNDAY May 15.
Director/Choreographer Felix Haroutunian, who has been teaching Hamazkayin dance ensemble in Beirut for almost two decades, has been working hard with the Cyprus chapter and just like it was for the performance in Nicosia last week, the Sipan dancers are expected to thrill the audience with a versatile and professional quality of bouquet of dances and songs.
It was the high quality of Friday's performance that pushed the Managers of Hayasa Productions in Cyprus, Sevag and Saro Seropian to make a 2,500 euro contribution to Hamazkayin's SIPAN ensemble at the end of the event and the Hamazkayin committee are expected to receive similar contributions encouraged by the excellent performance of the group.
We wish the dancers, organisers, volunteers and supporters of the only cultural organisation in Cyprus all the best and look forward to another great show on Sunday.
166 images by Misho Ananikian of the SIPAN party that followed here
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATIONS IN TURKEY
Armenian Weekly - This year there was no increase in the number of participants in Taksim. Instead there was an increase in the number of the cities where commemorations were held, said journalist Ali Bayramoglu. These events have a symbolic meaning. This means that some Turks are confronting their past and they have reached the level to make an apology. If one day Armenians and Turks establish a friendship, or if Armenia and Turkey make reconciliation, or if Turkey recognizes the Armenian Genocide, it will be obviously through these kinds of public exercises. As it is in other countries, the state is hard to convince. This could happen only if the society changes and starts to push the state for that. That would be more honest and real. I regard these commemorations as firm steps in this direction, he added.
Human rights lawyer Fethiye Cetin pointed out that these commemorations are coming very late. Nearly 100 years passed on these events and we have just started to remember them, she said. But better late than never. It wasnt easy to break the policy of denial and the taboo stamped on this issue in this country, and the state is still continuing its policy of denial. They even responded to the annual speech of President Obama about the Armenian Genocide. This is embarrassing for Turkey, because if we want justice to prevail, we should start by confronting our past first. After that we need to apologize. And the apology must come from the leaders of this country, not from the bottom of the society. After this apology, every step should be taken to restore justice, she said.
Armenias Diaspora Minister Hranush Hakobyan arrived in Bolis on Thursday to attend the 2011 World Womens Summit and visit Armenian Patriarchate of Turkey and Archbishop Aram Ateshian. Hakobyan met with Armenian community representatives in Bolis and attended a service in Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Kumkapı, after which she attended a closed-door reception in her honor at the Patriarchate.
Turkish newspaper Hurriyet Daily reports on Sunday 8 May, that prominent Turkish Armenians who received awards on Sunday from Armenias Diaspora Minister said they cannot be seen as members of a Diaspora because they live on the land where their ancestors have lived for thousands of years.
I would prefer not to have a Diaspora Minister in Turkey, author Mıgırdıç Margosyan told the Hürriyet Daily News before receiving his gold medal from Armenian Minister Hranuysh Hagopyan.
Ive been living on the land that [we have] been living on for thousands of years. I am not in the Diaspora. This is a terrible irony, Margosyan said. The writer also directed his criticism toward the Turkish government, saying the lack of a Turkish state official at the ceremony was disappointing.
After attending the Global Summit of Women in Istanbul, Hagopyan handed out medals to 15 Turkish Armenians, including Margosyan, composers Garo Mafyan and Cenk Taşkan and Alis Manukyan, the first Armenian female vocalist in Turkeys State Opera and Ballet.
We are living in the lands where we have to live. And we continue to pay our debt to these lands, Mafyan, who is arguably the best-known popular music composer, told the Daily News. He added that he is ready to do everything he can to make sure dialogue continues between Turkey and Armenia.
It is [still] very important to receive an award from Armenia for contributing to Turkish popular music, he said.
Speaking after the award ceremony, acting Patriarch Aram Ateşyan said Hagopyans being invited to Turkey is a source of hope for Turkeys Armenians. All foreign heads of state and Ministers visit the Armenian Patriarchate and the Phanar Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, Ateşyan said. We are proud to host a Minister from Armenia. We wish for friendship and dialogue between the two peoples.
The Daily News has meanwhile learned that a top-level delegation from the main opposition Republican Peoples Party, or CHP, will visit the Armenian Patriarchate and the Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate on Tuesday. It was unclear as the Daily News went to press Sunday whether CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu would be joining the visit.
THURSDAY 19 MAY 8:30 pm
K-CINEPLEX Hall 2 - Strovolos
Screening of the documentary
THE ARMENIANS OF CYPRUS The documentary has been made possible by the initiative and efforts of the Office of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian
VIDEO Links of the week:
Sharounagenk Miasin: 87 images of the election gathering at OCCHIO Lounge of Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian: here
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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
The legendary sailing ship "Kilikia", which is the precise copy of the trade ship of the Cilician trade fleet of XIII century and which made an unprecedented cruise around Europe by 7 seas in 2004-2006, will shortly be launched again and will find its shelter on Lake Sevan.
The Iranian Embassy in Armenia refused to comment on a statement by Iranian Ayatollah Seyed Hassan Ameli, who said that Iran supplied weapons to Azerbaijan during the Karabakh war. Embassy officials said they would not like unreliable information affect the friendly Armenian-Iranian relations. The embassy neither confirmed, nor refuted Ayatollah Amelis statement, saying that the official stance of Tehran on the Karabakh conflict settlement is known, since it has been repeatedly voiced by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, as well as Iranian Ambassador to Armenia Seyed Ali Saghaeyan.
The Henaran.am information website was subject to a hacker attack. Hackers posted There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is His Messenger Islamic commandment on the websites homepage. Several months ago, the website was hacked by Azerbaijanis. The Henaran report does not rule out that Azeri hackers are behind current attack.
Armenias ruling Republican Partys (RPA) is planning to join the European Peoples Party (EPP). A decision will be made this autumn when EPP members visit Armenia to evaluate ARP's accession. European Peoples Party founded in 1976 is the largest political power in Europe. Seventy-two parties from 39 states are EPP members.
The United Liberal National Party (MIAK) launched the "Nagorno-Karabakh: Truth and Facts" electronic campaign, under which the Party disseminates true information about the Karabakh conflict through the internet, sends out messages to representatives of governments, NGOs and political organizations of all countries , as well influential international structures. Summing up the results of the campaign in a month, representatives of the United Liberal National Party say they have sent out 4 million letters. The strategic objective of the project is to contribute to the international recognition of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic.
Armenias Emmy was knocked out of Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in the May 10 seminal, although her performance of the song "Boom Boom" was warmly met by the audience at Arena stadium in Düsseldorf, Germany. Serbia, Lithuania, Greece, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, Russia and Iceland got through to the finals.
Gibrahayer Calendar Events
Saturday 14 May at 8:00 pm - Eurovision Song Contest Finals at HMEM/AYMA from 20:00 onwards. Complimentary food will be served.
Sunday 15 May at 7:00 pm - Larnaca Performance of Sipan dance ensemble of the Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter at Larnaca Municipality Hall. Director / Choreographer Felix Haroutunian.
Tuesday 17 May at 7:00 pm - Opening of the new Hall of the Nareg school by the Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Andreas Demetriou and under the
auspices of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian. A cultural program will follow.
Wednesday 18 May at 5:00 pm in Nicosia - Marzahantes for Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol Nareg schools on the grounds of the Nicosia Nareg school.
Wednesday 18 May after Marzahantes - Watch the Cyprus Cup Final between Omonia and Apollon at HMEM/AYMA.
Thursday 19 May at 8:30 pm - at K-CINEPLEX Hall 2 - Strovolos, screening of the documentary THE ARMENIANS OF CYPRUS. The documentary has been made possible by the initiative and efforts of the Office of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian. ENTRANCE FREE.
Sunday 22 May - Parliamentary elections for the new House of Representatives, including elections for the seat of the Armenian MP.
Friday 27 May at 8:30 pm at PASIDY Hall - MAY 28 celebrations in Cyprus - 93rd anniversary of Armenian independence organised by the ARF DAshnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh and affiliate organisations. Keynote speaker: Dr. Hovhannes Taslakian. Followed by dinner at HMEM / AYMA.
Thursday June 2 at 7.30pm: Photo Exhibition - The Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation and the Cyprus Photographic Society are organising the "International Exhibition of Digital Photography" at Famagusta Gate, Nicosia, with the winning entries in the categories of "Experimental Photography" and "Photojournalism" dedicated to two photographer legends, George Lanitis and Georges der Parthogh. A selection of significant photographs by the two men will also be exhibited. The exhibition will remain open until June 8. The Politis newspaper's XPONIKO magazine will also dedicate a special edition.
Saturday 4 June watch the Russia against Armenia match at HMEM/AYMA.
13th to 31st July - Khalkidiki Camp of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) of Greek Macedonia and Thrace Greece: Arrival in Thessaloniki 13/7: Departure from Thessaloniki 31/07. Age of participants: 10-14. Last date of participation: 23 June. For more information and reservations you can contact the Cyprus Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) by calling Louise Aynedjian on 99533684.
Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian
TENNIS: Armenia were knocked out of the Fed Cup tennis tournament. In the last match of the Europe-Africa Zone Group B, Armenia suffered a 0-3 defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina. Two previous matches against Georgia and Turkey also ended in defeat.
CHESS: Candidate Matches 2011 favourite, Armenias Levon Aronian was eliminated by Alexander Grischuk of Russia in the rapid chess game, which finished 1,5: 2,5. The Armenian leveled the score after losing the first rapid tie-break game, but after a draw he lost the decisive 4th game.
WEIGHTLIFTING: The World Youth Weightlifting Championship to be held in Lima, Peru will host 7 Armenian weightlifters including Zhorzh Yeghikyan (56 kg), Andranik Karapetyan (62 kg), Vardan Militosyan and Razmik Ortetsyan (69 kg), Mher Mikaelyan (85 kg), Mher Poghosyan (94 kg), and bronze medalist of the first youth Olympics Gor Minasyan (+ 94 kg).
SAMBO: 9 Armenians are to participate in European Sambo Championships between May 12-16 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
CHESS: In the 3rd round of European Individual Women Chess Championship, Armenia's Elina Danielyan beat Nino Khurtsidze of Georgia. The Armenian grandmaster is currently 2nd with 3 points.
TABLE TENNIS: The Armenian team has dropped out of the Rotterdam-hosted World Table Tennis Championships qualification round. In their corresponding groups, Mesrop Ghukasyan, Murad Asatryan, Hasmik Khachatryan and Rubina Vardanyan took 2nd places. Harutyun Harutyunyan came 3rd.
CHESS: Armenian grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan continues his successful performance at the Bosnia International Chess Tournament 2011. Having gained 5 victories and suffered 1 loss in 6 rounds of the tournament, the grandmaster shares 2-4th places with Ivan Saric of Croatia and Mirca Parligras of Romania. Melkumyan is only 0,5 points behind the tournament leader Baadur Jobava of Georgia.
New development project overlooking Larnaca Salt Lake, by three young Armenian professionals of our community. Click here
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
The Pera Khorio and Nisou Gymnasium Girl's volley-ball team under coach Levon Kazandjian, after being crowned Champions of the Nicosia District Games, lost in the semi-finals of the Pancyprian championships and will play for position 3/4 tomorrow.
AYMA/HMEM suffered a 3-1 defeat by Kakkaristria in the Cyprus Amateur Football 2nd Division.
AGBU Ararat U-17's suffered a 4-3 defeat against arch rivals Omonoia U-17's in the semi finals of Cyprus U-17 Futsal Cup.