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VARTKES MAHDESSIAN TAKES MORE THAN 2/3 OF THE VOTE WINNING BY 68%

Gibrahayer e-magazine - Independent candidate Vartkes Mahdessian secured more than 2/3 of the Gibrahay vote, in last Sunday’s elections, collecting nearly 68% and was re-elected to the position of the Armenian MP in the Cyprus Parliament.
The remaining 32% went to h
is opponent Dr. Antranik Ashdjian - who according to Gibrosi Tsayn and Azad Tsayn - was supported by the Henchakian Cyprus Party, the Armenian-Cypriot Progressive Movement, the Hamazkayin club (unrelated to Hazmakayin proper), by a large portion of prominent members of the AGBU family, as well as the until lately dormant Miatsial Hamerashkhagan Djagad.
Vartkes Mahdessian’s professional, transparent and hard-working five years were supported by a cross-section of community members coming from all walks of life, who rewarded his accomplishments with one of the most successful results in the history of the elections of the Armenian Representative.
Vartkes Mahdessian's candidacy was supported by the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh and affiliated organisations, the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter, The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter, and HMEM / AYMA, the Armenian Club of Larnaca and LHEM Limassol.

The community felt confident with a charismatic and hard-working MP, who had brought a new tempo and a new ethos to community politics. With every section of political, cultural, social and sport life in our community looking crisp, buzzing with life and walking tall, the cries from the opposing camp that all was dark in the Armenian community and that we were living in times of terror, did not echo well to a community whose image about itself was quite the opposite.
The smearing campaign and the desperate acts of defamation against Vartkes Mahdessian, his Election Committee as well as his supporters, proved to be the nail in the coffin for a campaign that never took off.
Despite serious provocations, the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Gomideh showed restraint and used every opportunity to keep the tones down. ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Gomideh representative Hagop Kazandjian was firm in his comments. “We did not allow provocations to replace the issues and community concerns that were on the table. I would like to congratulate our supporters for showing maturity, staying calm and embracing our calls to vote for the candidate we proposed and wholeheartedly supported."
Vartkes Mahdessian’s comments at the election victory fiesta that followed at HMEM / AYMA were similar in tone. Amid the cheering crowds, he thanked all organisations and personalities that supported him and said that the overwhelming victory places a heavy burden on his shoulders and assured that he would respond positively to the new mandate given to him by the electorate.
Finally, he called upon all members of the community to put aside the bitterness caused by the opposition during the pre-election period and move forward for the benefit and the well-being of our community.

TURKEY CONVICTED:
THE ECHR AWARDS 1.3 MILLION EUROS
COMPENSATION TO GREEK CYPRIOTS

Gibrahayer e-magazine - A 1.300.000 euros compensation was awarded by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) as compensation, for material and moral damages, to Costas Kalisperas, who had turned against Turkey, together with 28 Greek-Cypriots. All of them won the case on 22 September 2009, on the grounds that they have been deprived of their houses and properties after the 1974 Turkish invasion. With its decision, the ECHR delivers justice to the case “Loizou and others Vs Turkey”, who went to the Court, convicting Turkey for the violation of the right of respect for private and family life and home, as well as for the violation of the right of ownership protection. With its present decision, which also set the amount that Turkey must pay to the complainants, Turkey is obliged to pay and additional 15.000 euros, for legal expenses.

TURKS SEE SUSPICIOUS ALLIANCES BETWEEN ARMENIANS & GREEK CYPRIOTS

Gibrahayer e-magazine - Nicosia 26 May - Turkish-Cypriot newspaper «Sabah» published an article under the title «The alliance of Armenians - Greek-Cypriots presents an obstacle in OSCE». According to the article, the ongoing competition for the post of the Secretary General of OSCE led to an alliance against Turkey by Armenians and Greek-Cypriots. As the article says, when Armenia and the «Greek-Cypriot sector» said they will exercise veto against Ersin Ercin, for whom Turkey has been exercising backstairs’ influence for over a year and a half, Ankara hardened its position. Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Ahmet Davutoglu implied that Turkey may use the veto card and stressed that Turkey will observe developments and accordingly will decide its position.

ARMENIANS IN CYPRUS PREPARE TO COMMEMORATE
93rd ANNIVERSARY OF ARMENIAN INDEPENDENCE

Friday 27 May at 8:30 pm at PASYDY Hall
Keynote speaker: Dr. Hovhannes Taslakian
Special appearance by SIPAN Ensemble

organised by the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh
ARS (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter, HMEM/AYMA
Armenian Club of Larnaca & LHEM Limassol
Hamazkayin "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.

Letters to the Editor
Dear Simon,
My wife Margo and I as well as our entire family in California extend our sincere congratulations to Vartkes Mahdessian on his well-earned re-election as the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament.
As you know we have been long-time friends of the Mahdessian family and have known Vartkes since he was a little boy. During his first term of five years Vartkes proved himself as honest, impartial and dedicated representative of the Armenian community in Cyprus. His re-election will open a new page in the history of the vibrant community. We share your joy and excitement and congratulate you on this day of celebration.
God bless you!
Warmest regards to you.
Vartkes Sinanian
Marios Garoyian visits Armenian polling station on election day

Images of Marios Garoyian's visit to the polling station: click visit here
VIDEO Links of the week:
Video report on Magaravank Pilgrimage (new): click here
Yerkir Media report on Cyprus: here
Vartkes Mahdessian's election triumph: here
While waiting for the results: here
Voghchouyn London election report in Armenian: here
Pera Khorio and Nisou Gymnasium April 24 event images: here
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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian

  • The song Sari Gelin (Sari Aghchig) is of Armenian origin, confessed Turkey’s FM Ahmet Davutoglu. The song Sari Gelin (Sari Aghchig) is a famous song in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran and Turkey. Arguments on the origin of the famous song still go on. Recently, the song was performed by Armenian and Turkish musicians Jivan Gasparyn and Yavuz Bingol in 2007 and 2009 devoted to peace regulation between the two nations.
  • Members of the Armenian Caucus, led by Co-Chair Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr., sent a letter to the US House Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Rep. Kay Granger and Ranking Member Rep. Nita Lowey urging 'not less than $60 million' in economic assistance to Armenia and 'not less than $10 million' in humanitarian aid to Nagorno-Karabakh for FY2012, reported the Armenian Assembly of America. In addition, Armenian Caucus members urged Congress to uphold Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act and cease military assistance to Azerbaijan pointing to Azerbaijan's enormous military expenditures, continued cease-fire violations along the line of contact of Nagorno-Karabakh, and vitriolic war rhetoric from top government officials.
  • The "News.co.il" portal has launched an online survey on the threshold of Armenian Genocide discussion in the Knesset education panel. The question reads: “Should Israel recognize the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire?” Out of 2000 responders, 1886 (90%) spoke out for the recognition. 208 (10%) said ‘no’. With a 20-0 vote, the Israeli Knesset transferred the discussion of the Armenian Genocide issue to the commission for education, culture and sports affairs chaired by a member of Our Home Israel (Yisrael Beiteinu) party, which strongly opposes to adoption of a resolution recognizing the Genocide.
  • A team from the Yerevan State University will among more that 400 of the brightest young minds from around the world who will travel to New York in July to showcase their innovative ideas for using technology to solve the world’s toughest problems.
    As the winners of regional, national and online Imagine Cup competitions, these high school and university students represent the pinnacle of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurialism from 73 countries and regions around the globe. The Armenia team, called X-Tech, will compete in the software design competition.
  • Six top members of Turkish Nationalist Movement Party (NHP) resigned over a scandalous video of intimate content. Sex tapes associated with a number of top members of Nationalist Movement Party remain relevant on Turkish political agenda of the day. Two videos containing scenes from Nationalist Movement Party members’ private life were uploaded to Turkish nationalist-owned “different idealism” website. After the incident six of them resigned reports Milliyet.

HISTORY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS AVAILABLE FROM KIOSKS AS OF 28 MAY

As of Saturday, 28 May 2011, the 3rd volume of the "History of the Republic of Cyprus" will be available from kiosks all around Cyprus. I am delighted to inform you that pages 182-201 will host a lengthy article of mine (about 5.200 words), beautifully illustrated and outlining the presence of the community from time immemorial till present day.
The main emphasis is set in the period 1960-2011, recording every major event until early March 2011. I believe it is a must-have piece for all Armenians who can read Greek, as well as a very informative source for everyone who wants to be informed about the Armenian-Cypriot community.

As the volume is about 250 pages long, leather-bound and covering the period 1980-1989, it will be available for €12,50, regardless if "Phileleftheros" is purchased with it.

Cherm parevnerov,

Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra

Gibrahayer Calendar Events

  • Friday 27 May at 8:30 pm at PASYDY Hall - May 28 celebrations in Cyprus - 93rd anniversary of Armenian Independence organised by the ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Gomideh and affiliate organisations, ARS (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter, HMEM/AYMA
    Armenian Club of Larnaca & LHEM Limassol and Hamazkayin "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter. Keynote speaker: Dr. Hovhannes Taslakian.
    After the event, there will be a khrakhjank at HMEM/AYMA. For reservations contact Alice Terzian 22 662558 or Vartan Gostanian 99 423190. Entrance for khrakhjank 12 euros.

  • Saturday 28 May - Champions League Final Night at HMEM/AYMA to watch Barcelona against Manchester United. Details: poster above.
  • 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.
Direct to Yerevan

Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian

  • TENNIS: Armenia’s Edgar Nalbandian won the International Junior Tennis Championship organised in Turkey. The tournament was organised by the International Tennis Federation for juniors under the age of 10.
  • GYMNASTICS: Minsk will host the 27th European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship. Lilit Harutyunyan, as well as twins Sona and Mary Israyelyan will represent Armenia at the tournament. The European Championship is a preparatory stage before qualification tournaments for the World Championship due September 19-25 in Montpellier, France.
  • FIFA: On May 18, FIFA published the national rankings, where Armenia retained the 62nd position with 524 points. Spain top the rankings with 1857 points, followed by the Netherlands (1702 points) and Brazil (1425 points).
  • CHESS: Armenia’s Lilit Mkrtchyan finished 3rd with 8 points at European Women’s Rapid Chess Championship. Lilit Galoyan was 16th with 7 points. Nelly Aghinyan was 22nd with 6.5 points while Maria Gevorgyan finished 42nd, succeeding to fulfill the norm of international master.
  • BOXING: Vanes "The Nightmare" Martirosyan takes on the Mexican knockout artist Saul Roman in a world title elimination bout due June 4.
  • CHESS: Armenian Grandmaster Vigen Mirumyan won a chess tournament held in Orlova, Czech Republic. He gained ten points out of eleven possible leaving behind 33 chess players.
  • WRESTLING: Armenian Greco-Roman wrestling youth team made a successful performance at an international tournament in Ankara, Turkey. Aslan Poghosyan (60 kg) and Rafik Manukyan (74 kg) won a gold medal, whereas Argishti Abgaryan (84 kg) took silver. Rudik Mkrtchyan (50 kg) and Narek Khachatryan (55kg) took the third place.
  • CHESS: Armenian GM Elina Danielyan ended the match with Antoaneta Stefanova in a draw in the final of the European Women Individual Chess Championship in Tbilisi. Danielyan scored 8 points and took a bronze medal. Lithuania’s Victoria Chmilite won gold and Bulgaria’s Antoaneta Stefanova took the second place.
New development project overlooking Larnaca Salt Lake, by three young Armenian professionals of our community. Click here

Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian

  • The Cyprus Football Association honoured AGBU Ararat FC for their achievements in the UEFA Futsal Cup. AGBU Ararat is the first ever team from Cyprus to manage to reach the last 16 stage of the UEFA Futsal Cup. The success of AGBU Ararat surpassed all expectations and thus the Cyprus Football Association presented a special award to AGBU Ararat president James Kasparian for their high standards in the European competition. Gibrahayer e-magazine congratulates AGBU Ararat for their achievements and wish them more honours in the future.
  • Simon Aynedjian faces Marios Petrou in the Finals of the Pancyprian Seniors Singles tournament at the Audi Center Court - Field Club on Saturday 28 May at 6:00 pm
 
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