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TURKEY THREATENS WITH NAVAL ACTION
IF CYPRUS DRILLS FROM PLOT 12

Noble Energy and Delek are due to begin drilling for gas at Block 12 later this month

Globes - Amiram Barkat - The Cypriot media reports that Turkey is threatening to attack Cyprus if it allows drilling of an offshore exploratory well at Block 12. Greece has already responded by telling Turkey to "act responsibly". Cyprus has been a member of the EU since 2004.
Noble Energy Inc. (NYSE: NBL) is due to begin drilling at Block 12 by the end of September under the terms of its 2008 concession from the Cypriot government. Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: DLEKG), controlled by Yitzhak Tshuva, has an option to acquire 30% of the concession. The two companies are also partners in Tamar, Leviathan, and other Israeli offshore licenses.
Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis told Turkish media that when explorations were made in the past, ships from the Turkish Military Fleet were quick to make their way to the area. “It is for this reason that we built our army and trained our soldiers,” said Bagis, claiming that “it is illegal to explore waters that do not belong to them."

ISRAEL MOVING FOR PROMOTION OF INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ?

Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has formulated a series of reciprocal measures in response to Turkey’s latest anti-Israeli moves, and one possible beneficiary could be Turkey's long-time rival, Armenia.

huliq.com - Michael Santo - 09.09.2011 - On Thursday, senior Foreign Ministry officials met in preparation for a Saturday meeting with Lieberman. The goal of the weekend meeting is to develop a response to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent threats toward Israel and his decision to downgrade Ankara’s diplomatic ties with Jerusalem. Foreign Ministry officials said, after the meeting, that they believe Turkey is attempting to increase its stature in the Muslim world, rather than seeking an Israeli apology, as Ankara claims.
One interesting move could potentially lead to a favorable result for Armenia. It's believed that during Lieberman’s upcoming visit to the United States later this month he will meet with leaders of the Armenian lobby. It's possible he will propose anti-Turkish legislation in the U.S. Congress, although how far that would go considering Turkey's importance to the U.S, is unclear.
Among the suggested implications for possibly increased backing of Armenia by Israel would be promotion of international recognition of the Armenian genocide. Turkey still refuses to use the word genocide when referring to the events, despite repeated calls by the international community, particularly in recent history. Another possible move by Israel could be supporting Armenia in its dispute with Turkey over control of Mount Ararat.
Another group that might see advantages from an Israeli response to Turkey would be the Kurds, as Lieberman is reportedly planning meet with the heads of the Kurdish rebel group PKK in order to “cooperate with them and boost them in every possible area.” It;'s anticipated that the Kurds will ask Israel for military aid in the form of training and arms. Such a move would constitute Israel backing a foreign insurgency and be viewed a major anti-Turkish move it Israel were to agree to it.
The intensification of bad will between Turkey and Israel came to a head last week, when a UN probe into the "flotilla incident" found Israel's naval blockade to be legal although it criticized Israel for using "excessive" force in the raid. Israel continues to refuse to apologize for the bloody incident, and called the report's conclusions a vindication of its stance.

That response angered Turkey, which expelled Israel's ambassador, suspended military agreements with Israel and warned it was considering legal action against Israel at the International Criminal Court.
Lieberman said “We’ll exact a price from [Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip] Erdogan that will prove to him that messing with Israel doesn’t pay off. Turkey must treat us with respect and common decency.”

 

NEW TURKISH THREATS TOWARDS CYPRUS AND ISRAEL FOR ENERGY DEAL, WHILE EUROPE SENDS WARNING TO ANKARA

tensions in the eastern Mediterranean are growing by the day as top Turkish officials continue to make cutting comments on Turkey’s plans to beef up navy patrols in the region and secure free navigation of the seas

Omphalos tis Gis - The European Commission yesterday issued its strongest rebuke yet to Turkey over its threatening behaviour towards Cyprus’ efforts to drill for hydrocarbon reserves within its own Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Cyprus Mail reports.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan continued to raise the stakes in his row with Israel and Cyprus, vowing yesterday to stop them from exploiting natural resources in the area while also pledging to send warships to escort aid to Gaza.
The EU, through Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule yesterday “urged Turkey to refrain from any kind of threat, sources of friction or action, which could negatively affect good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of border disputes”.
In a released statement, Fule said, “The Commission regrets any statements that are not conducive to this objective,” noting that it “regularly reiterates these issues in its discussions with Turkey and will continue to monitor Turkey’s commitments to good neighbourly relations in the light of the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes”.
The Commission further highlighted the importance of progress in the normalisation of relations between Turkey and Cyprus and “stressed all the sovereign rights of EU member states which include entering into bilateral agreements, in accordance with the EU acquis and international law, including the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”.
The Commission underlined the “urgent need” to reach a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus issue.
“Ahead of the crucial phase of Cyprus talks this autumn, it is essential that all parties concerned exert restraint and do their utmost to ensure a positive climate that will facilitate a successful completion of the process,” Fule’s statement said.
According to the Cyprus Mail, tensions in the eastern Mediterranean are growing by the day as top Turkish officials continue to make cutting comments on Turkey’s plans to beef up navy patrols in the region and secure free navigation of the seas, following its spat with Israel over nine activists killed in international waters last year. Apart from Turkish demands for an Israeli apology, compensation for the families of the dead and free passage to Gaza, the combative tone of the Turkish leadership is also viewed by some analysts as a response to Israel and Cyprus’ plans to explore for oil and gas in their respective EEZs.
According to Reuters, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan went a step further yesterday in an interview with Al Jazeera saying Turkish warships will escort any Turkish aid vessels to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, preventing Israel from attacking them again.
Erdogan also said that Turkey had taken steps to stop Israel from unilaterally exploiting natural resources from the eastern Mediterranean.
“Turkey, as a guarantor of the Turkish republic of north Cyprus, has taken steps in the area, and it will be decisive and holding fast to the right to monitor international waters in the east Mediterranean,” he warned.
Deploying warships to escort aid vessels to Gaza and direct interference in the exploitation of Israel and Cyprus’ natural resources are the boldest statements yet to come from the outspoken Turkish leader.
Former Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat was quoted in the Turkish Cypriot press yesterday criticising President Demetris Christofias for being “insanely brave” in daring to explore the island’s natural resources before a Cyprus solution.
Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said yesterday: “Turkey needs to get the message that all states should act within the framework of international law because this safeguards peace and good relations between neighbouring states. Unfortunately Turkey opts to provoke and opts for tension.”
In an interview with Voice of America, Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou Marcoullis called on Turkey to act like a European country and conduct its foreign policy based on the UN Charter and European principles and laws.
Head of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KEVE) Manthos Mavromatis yesterday said the American company was ready to begin drilling despite the threat. Noble presented its plans at a closed gathering on Wednesday organised by KEVE and the Cyprus -American Business Association, in the presence of US Embassy officials.
According to Mavromatis, Noble plans to move the oil rig to Block 12 for drilling after September 20. He noted that Noble is taking into consideration the threats but is proceeding normally, in coordination with the US State Department and Embassy here.

URUGUAY MAY RECOGNISE THE
NAGORNO-KARABAKH REPUBLIC

Friday, September 9th, 2011 - MONTEVIDEO - In an unprecedented announcement Friday, the Foreign Minister of Uruguay Luis Almagro said that his government has begun the process to make an official announcement regarding the status of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Today we are looking into the issue [Nagorno-Karabakh] in order to present an official government position on the matter,” said Almagro. “I am personally convinced that Nagorno-Karabakh is part of historic Armenia and it must be independent and in a short while be unified with Armenia. This is the only resolution to the Artsakh issue.”
Almagro was speaking at conference in Uruguay’s capital organized by the Armenian National Committee of South America and the Uruguay-Armenia parliamentary group marking the 20th anniversary of the Armenia’s Independence, highlighting Uruguay-Armenia relations.
Armenian Revolutionary Federation parliamentary faction leader Vahan Hovannesian welcomed Almagro’s statement calling it unprecedented.
“For the first time, a progressive and democratic country such as Uruguay is officially expressing a position, which reflects the posturing of the ruling political forces,” said Hovannesian, who stressed that the process will take some time.

 

YERKIR MEDIA PRESENTS 6th IN SERIES 20-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY ON ARMENIAN COMMUNITY LIFE IN CYPRUS

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Links of the week:
An Armenian Political Prisoner of Conscience in a … Swedish Jail
by Professor Hovhannes Pilikian
Click here: www.gibrahayer.com/index.php5?&page_id=171&path=171
 
The Unimportant Tribe:
by Karine M. Tovmassian
click here: www.gibrahayer.com/index.php5?&page_id=170&path=170
 
 

Gibrahayer Calendar Events

  • Wednesday 14 September at 6:15 pm - Armenian Relief Society Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter's first meeting at Homenetmen - AYMA.
  • Saturday 17 September at 8:30 pm - Greek Night at HMEM-AYMA – Delicious Greek Meze – Saturday 17 September 2011 at 20:30 at AYMA. Entrance (excluding drinks) Adults: Eur15, Children (6-15) Eur8. For reservations call Marine Tavitian 99 437612 or AYMA mobile 99680944 by Wednesday 14 September 2011.
  • Monday 19 September at 7:30 pm - OCEAN DEEP - Painting Exhibition by Nanor Tashdjian at Opus 39 Gallery.
  • Friday 23 September at 6:30 pm - at the PASYDY Hall in Nicosia - Unforgettable musical moments with a cappella songs and hymns with the famous "Fayha" Choir, conducted by Maestro Barkev Taslakian organised by The Maronite Archbishopric and The Armenian Prelature of Cyprus, with the participation of Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble and the "Youth Melody" choir of the Maronite Archbishopric of Cyprus. Entrance: 10 euros with proceeds going to various charities. The performance will be followed by dinner at HMEM - AYMA. Watch Fayha Choir here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2fI3BoEuMA& .
  • Saturday, September 24, at 6:00 pm - Armenian Evangelical Church service in Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstonos street, Nicosia. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian.
  • Friday 30 September at 8:30 pm - Dinner celebrations for the 80th Anniversary of the Armenian Club of Larnaca, at the Sun Hall Hotel. For reservations please call Ani Yenovkian 99536988, Roubina Bohdjelian 99607568, Adelina Boyadjian 99575982, until the 25th of September.
  • Sunday 23 October at 1:00 pm - Autumn Fund-Raising Luncheon organised by The Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Sosse Cyprus Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
  • Sunday 13th November – Kravadz or.
  • Saturday 20 November – Kravadz or.
  • Sunday 27 November at 4:00 pm - HOM (Armenian Relief Society) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter’s Christmas Fund Raiser at Cleopatra Hotel for humanitarian projects in Armenia, Artsakh and Cyprus.
  • Sunday 4 December - HOM (Armenian Relief Society) Cyprus Sosse Chapter’s Stassikratous street Bazaar for humanitarian projects in Armenia, Artsakh and Cyprus.
  • Sunday 25 December at 9:00 pm – Homenetmen - AYMA Christmas Ball at The Cyprus Hilton.

Three days after Armenia's great football victory, this is NO news ... but a tribute

A tribute to the Armenian National football team for performing in style and scoring four second-half goals on Tuesday evening to crush Slovakia and keeping their hopes of reaching the Euro 2012 finals in tact.
Armenia, who had started the day three points behind Slovakia in Group B, turned the tables in the second half of the game, with Yura Movsisyan opening the score for the visitors in the 57th minute.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s Henrik Mkhitaryan scored the second goal in the 70th before Gevorg Ghazaryan made it 3-0 with 10 minutes to play and 24-year-old Artur Sarkisov sealed a grand victory in injury time.
With this win Armenia moves to third place with 14 points, 1 point behind Ireland and 3 points behind Russia. The next round of games on 7 October sees Armenia hosting FYROM, Slovakia at home to Russia with the Republic of Ireland playing in Andorra.
Four days later, the group concludes with the Ireland’s home game against Armenia, Russia hosting Andorra and Slovakia travelling to Macedonia.
Armenia could clinch a place in Euro-2012 if it wins both its remaining games.
click here for the goals: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AQEqn94hkk

 

 
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