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ISRAEL AND CYPRUS
SEAL ENERGY DEAL
Cyprusnewsreport Thursday 3 November - Israeli President Shimon Peres and his delegation have signed four agreements with the Republic of Cyprus, including one on energy cooperation.
"The two countries have waited for a long time for natural gas and now we can benefit," said Peres. As well as the agreement on energy, an inter-governmental agreement on research and development, cooperation agreement in telecommunications and information technology and cooperation in the field of antiquities were signed.
The Premier is being heavily guarded by his own security and Cyprus police, including a helicopter unit, during his two-day state visit to Cyprus.
Since signing a maritime border agreement in December 2010, Cyprus and Israel have been building more cooperation on developing their undersea hydrocarbon industries. Cyprus is set to open a new round of bids for offshore undersea exploration concessions by the end of the year and perhaps even sooner. US company Noble Energy, which works closely with Israeli company DELEK, has expressed an interest in buying more concessions to explore for undersea hydrocarbons. Peres' visit is linked to these developments, say analysts.
Income from allowing international companies to explore for hydrocarbons is included in the 2012 Budget and is viewed as a key way to finance the state now that it has lost access to international capital markets. The prospects of a new gas and oil industry in the region have led to a number of bilateral agreements between Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon and Egypt.
But there are risks to the burgeoning industry. As Cyprus-Israel cooperation grows, Turkey-Israel relations are on the wane after the deaths of nine Turkish-origin activists who were killed en-route to taking humanitarian aid to Gaza in 2010. Moreover, Turkey is determined to interfere with the government's sovereign rights and has repeatedly threatened to start exploring in Cyprus waters. Ankara has already sent three seismic research ships to the island's Exclusive Economic Zone on the basis that the government does not represent the Turkish Cypriots. The vessels are accompanied by Turkish warships as it beefs up its naval presence in the Eastern Mediterranean.
Turkey's position has been condemned by the EU, Russia, and Greece, while the US and UK have both issued statements supporting Cyprus' right to exploit its own offshore resources. Israel has taken more active steps to counter Turkey's threats, and most recently sent six military helicopters to do exercises in Cyprus.
EURO COURT BACKS CLARK PROFESSOR
IN ARMENIAN GENOCIDE DISPUTE
www.TELEGRAM.com - The European Court of Human Rights ruled last week that Turkey violated a Clark University professor's right to free expression by enforcing a national statute that many Turkish scholars believe quashes discussion about the atrocities that were committed against Armenian citizens living in the Ottoman Empire during World War I.
Taner Akcam, who holds an endowed chair at Clark's Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide, had challenged a provision of Turkey's criminal code that allows for the arrest of individuals who use the term `Genocide' to describe the killing of about 1.5 Armenians during the waning days of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey, a successor nation to the empire, has, over the decades, bristled at the characterization of those deaths as Genocide.
Mr. Akcam, one of the first academics in Turkey to acknowledge and openly discuss the Genocide, claimed the statute interfered with the free expression rights of journalists, scholars and other citizens.
The court, which was created by the Council of Europe Member States in 1959 to deal with alleged violations of the 1950 European Convention on Human Rights, unanimously found in Mr. Akcam's favor.
The court's ruling was welcomed by a number of researchers and historians attending a conference about the Genocide that was held this week at Clark.
Mr. Akcam, who came to Clark in 2008, told conference attendees that the law had `a chilling effect' on writers and academics in Turkey and said the Turkish government should come to terms with its past and recognize the Genocide. He said the court's ruling will strengthen the respect for human rights and freedom of speech in Turkey. Mr. Akcam filed a complaint with the court, which is based in Strasbourg, France, after his friend, Hrant Dink, a journalist and editor was shot to death in Istanbul by ultra-nationalists in 2007.
Mr. Dink had received death threats from political extremists after being convicted under the criminal code in question. Mr. Akcam later published a piece that criticized the government's actions. Criminal complaints were subsequently filed against Mr. Akcam but he was never charged. However, after receiving threats similar to those that Mr. Dink had endured, Mr. Akcam stopped writing about the 1915 killings.
The court said Mr. Akcam could not assume `victim status' but ruled the criminal complaints filed against him had become a campaign of harassment.
Under judicial protocol, the case remains open for three months, allowing the government to appeal the decision to the court's Grand Chamber.
The `Genocide' question is a highly sensitive issue in Turkey.
The government has admitted that hundreds of thousands of Armenians died but denies that there was a program in place to eliminate the Armenian population.
They maintain the death toll number is inflated and said many of the dead actually perished from disease. They add that a number of Turks died at the hands of Armenians.
At least 20 countries recognize the decimation as a Genocide.
The United States, which sees Turkey as an important strategic partner in a troubled part of the world, has not done so.
Video Links of the week
Mayda Neshanian is back in Victoria street (video in Armenian and Turkish) click here
Moses Elmadjian is back in Victoria street - click here for video
52 images of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Charity Luncheon, click here
Levon, Agho and Hagop Sarian are back in Victoria street - click here for video
130 images of the event Back to Victoria street, click here
RESTORATION COMMITTEE MEMBER UPDATES ARMENIAN
COMMUNITY ON PROGRESS OF RENOVATIONS
Dear Simon and Sevag,
I have the great pleasure of informing you that this Sunday, 6 November 2011, a CHRONICLE will circulate together with Politis newspaper, titled The Armenian education in Cyprus, in Greek. The slip issue will feature small introductions on the Armenian-Cypriot community, public Armenian education in Cyprus and private Armenian education in Cyprus from 1870 until today. The CHRONICLE examines the history of public Armenian schools in Nicosia, Larnaca, Limassol and Famagusta and provides an outline of the various, relatively short-lived, private Armenian schools in Nicosia, Larnaca, the Magaravank, Amiandos and elsewhere. Following that, the slip issue deals with the National Educational Orphanage, operated by Vahan Kurkjian between 1897-1904, and the renowned Melkonian Educational Institute (1926-2005). The last section is about the teaching of the Armenian language outside the boundaries of public and private Armenian education.
It is my sincere hope that this slip issue will give great exposure to the community and its education, written especially for the general Cypriot public. The CHRONICLE is beautifully illustrated with unique photographs, providing a wealth on information on the subject, as well as an indicative bibliography, in a text of about 7.300 words.
With cordial regards, Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra - researcher-scholar
News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
The coastal areas that Turkey has jurisdiction over in the Mediterranean should be relative to her shores said the head of the Turkish Navy General Nejed Ozel, who claimed that the new agreements that Cyprus is drawing up with Israel are illegal and that they will negatively affect the negotiation process for a solution of the Cyprus problem.
In April 2012, a stress test will be held at the Armenian Nuclear Power Plant with the assistance of the EU, according to Armenian Minister of Energy and Natural Resources. The decision was prompted by Fukusima nuclear disaster in Japan by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has written in a book how she was literally begging the then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi not to bring the Armenian Genocide resolution to the full House floor. In her book titled "No Higher Honor" and to be published soon, Rice writes that US' diplomatic relations with Turkey were threatened as the Turks were angry over the Genocide resolution in the Senate.
Within the framework of the KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) affair, the Turkish police detained Ragip Zarakolu, a well-known human rights activist and director of Belge Publishing House, in Turkey. Zarakolu was taken into custody on Friday, during a large-scale manhunt in Istanbul against Kurdish activists, Firat News Agency reported. Ragip Zarakolu's Belge Publishing House has published numerous books on the Armenian Genocide, and Zarakolu had visited Armenia in Spring 2011.
The World Banks Board of Executive Directors approved a USD 18 million loan for the Additional Financing of the Irrigation Rehabilitation Emergency Project (IREP) for Armenia. The scale up and restructuring of this project will improve water use efficiency in the selected irrigation schemes, as well as foster immediate rural employment in seven regions of Armenia.
Armenian singers Arto Tunjboyajyan (left) and Ara Dinkjian are giving a benefit concert in New York on November 13. According to the Turkish newspaper Taraf, the proceeds of the concert will go to the survivors of the recent earthquake in the province of Van. The event will be organised in collaboration with Turkish Brothers band.
51st ANNIVERSARY OF INDEPENDENCE OF CYPRUS CELEBRATED AT CANADIAN PARLIAMENT
Left to right: Mr. Douzjian, the Hon. Mr. Menegakis, Mr. Kouyoumjian & Mr. Iskedjian
Gibrahayer e-magazine - October 2011 - The 51st anniversary of the independence of Cyprus was celebrated at the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa, Canada. The event was organised by the Hon. Costas Menegakis, Member of Parliament, and Dino Sophocleous, President of the Canadian Committee Justice for Cyprus.
Among the speakers were the Hon. Menegakis, MP, the Hon. Bruce Stanton, MP, the Hon. Leo Housakos, Senator, the Hon. Tony Clemente, Treasury Board President and Minister in the Federal Government, the new Consul General for Cyprus in Toronto, Iacovos Giragosian, the Ambassador of Greece, His Excellency Eleftherios Anghelopoulos, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia, His Excellency Armen Yeganian.
Many representatives from various embassies were presents, among them Malta and France, as well as the Hon. Aris Babikian, Canadian Citizenship Judge. Also present from the Armenian National Committee (Hay Tad) were Mr. Roupen Kouyoumjian, Paul Douzjian and Michael Iskedjian.
Some of the attendees, including the Ambassador of Armenia, Armen Yeganian, (far left) and the Consul General of Cyprus, Iacovos Giragosian (fourth from left)
Community calendar at a glance:
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of November from 10am - 7th Moufflon Book Fair at the Nicosia Holiday Inn - 70 Rigainis street, Platia Solomou, Nicosia old city, tel: 22-712712. Parking opposite the Hotel. An exhibition of out-of-print books, mint, used and rare books from 1-1,000 euros on natural history, archaeology, history, literature, language, photography, film, art, architecture, design, craft, music, drama, food, drinks, maps, coins, stamps, ethnography, travel and children's books.
Wednesday 9 November at 7:00 pm - Presentation and Film about Artsakh by journalist and political analyst Tatul Hakopyan from Yerevan, at the Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature. "Artsakh and the Armenia - Turkish Protocols" followed by the film "The Armenians from Mrav to Arax", co-organised by The Armenian Prelature of Cyprus and The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus (Hay Tad Committee). The event is under the auspices of Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian.
Wednesday 16 November at 8.00pm at Homenetmen - AYMA. "Literary night dedicated to Daniel Varoujan organised by the "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association and presented by Artsakank Chief Editor Arto Tavitian. Join us for the first installment of Literary Nights in a convivial atmosphere over cheese and wine, graciously provided by La Maison du Vin and there will be a variety of delicious cheeses and bites. RSVP to Charperson Shoushig Bakalian 99667828.
Saturday 19 November at 7:00 pm - Preparation of Madagh.
Sunday 20th November at 10:00 am - Feast of Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Nicosia. Divine Liturgy & Blessing of the Madagh.
Sunday 27 November at 4:00 pm - HOM (Armenian Relief Society) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapters Christmas Fund Raiser at Cleopatra Hotel for humanitarian projects in Armenia, Artsakh and Cyprus.
Sunday 4 December - HOM (Armenian Relief Society) Cyprus Sosse Chapters Stassikratous street Bazaar for humanitarian projects in Armenia, Artsakh and Cyprus.
Sunday 25 December at 9:00 pm Homenetmen - AYMA Christmas Ball.
Sunday 1 January 2012 Santa will be visiting Homenetmen -AYMA. Details to follow.
Saturday 21 January 2012 - Homenetmen AYMA presents "Taline & Friends". Details to follow.
Saturday 11 February 2012 - Kravadz or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
Sunday 11 March 2012 - Kravadz Or - Office of the Armenian Representative.
Saturday 5 May 2012 - Kravadz or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
A SILENT MARCH FOR THE
ARMENIAN GENOCIDE'S RECOGNITION
By Narbeh Minassian
It is a sad truth that many young Armenians today have inherited a natural hate for the Turks, an urge for revenge against a people who had no involvement in the act that has caused the said hate. For some, such emotions fuel their opposition to Turkey in what are animated protest marches in the Armenian Diaspora. Although hate should never be condoned, it is an understandable sentiment towards years of denial and it is only a natural reaction to the Ottoman Empires unimaginable contempt that originally led to the Genocide. Nonetheless, this is a dislike that absolutely must be curbed by the Armenians, who must focus on peaceful means to recognition and improving relations with our neighbour.
Anger towards modern-day Turks is not only pointless but also illogical, as they had nothing to do with the Genocide, and they simply cannot be held accountable for the crimes of their ancestors a century ago. While it is frustrating to encounter a Turk who appears oblivious to the Genocide or even claims that it did not happen, we must consider that Turkey does not tolerate any hint of anti-Turk expressions; the infamous article 301 makes sure of that. The fault lies with the Turkish Government, who we rightly condemn for their stubborn denial. If we are ever to share peaceful relations with Turkey, Armenians have to consider this and free themselves of any misplaced prejudice towards Turks, treating them no differently to our own people. Unfortunately, we seem to be some distance away from this equality, with the general mentality amongst some Armenians being geared towards resistance to Turks, and this is a mind-set that manifests itself in the annual marches that protest against the denial.
It goes without saying that these marches are an important way of spreading awareness and the sheer number of people present ensures that there is a great deal of attention placed on us, which makes it all the more important for us to act as peacefully as possible. This has not always been the case. In London, the crowd is traditionally led by a speaker with a megaphone in a series of chants, most of which convey a disillusion with the continued lack of acknowledgment and regret, but some highlight the aforementioned anti-Turk mentality. Examples include Dirty Turkey try to hide, and Turkey is a fascist state. It must be said that the former is more often pronounced as Turkey Turkey try to hide. Nevertheless, this creates the impression that the purpose of the march is to insult the perpetrators and to unite in a universal dislike for the Turks, rather than gathering to commemorate the Genocide and spread awareness in the hope of gaining recognition through legal means, which is really what it should all be about. Moreover, this sense of Anti-Turkey influences the more impressionable youth, hence accentuating friction in relations. Again, coming back to the example of London, the marches used to take a route that would happen to pass by Turkish Airlines, where there would usually be a modest number of Turks countering the message of the march. In passing, an equally small number of young Armenians would react to this display of defiance with abusive words of such a nature that I cannot repeat them in print. Being part of the Armenian youth myself, I have seen this behaviour first-hand. As much of a minority these children are, the fact that even one has chosen to behave in this manner is evidence enough that something must be done to prevent this anti-Turk mentality. It is a most unfortunate act and only reflects badly on us.
In addition to the chanting, some of the placards on show produce the same anti-Turk effect. Like the chants, most of the placards are harmless, but there are a small number that must be changed. Most notably, one placard has an image that demands Turkeys rejection from entering the European Union. While it would be more than plausible to argue that their denial of the Genocide should prevent their admittance into the European Union, this placard has taken this claim out of context and simply stated a wish for Turkeys rejection; again, this distracts from the main purpose of the march. Away from the march, some images that have been made for the remembrance of the Armenian Genocide involve highly anti-Turkish evocations, the most aggressive of which alters the Turkish flag in a way of emphasising their denial, which also insults Islam as its symbol is the focus of the Turkish flag.
As a solution to these problems with the march, I would suggest changing to a silent protest, with no megaphones and no chanting. This would not just avoid suggesting an anti-Turk attitude, but I believe that it would also be more effective in attracting attention and, therefore, spreading awareness. The layout of the march tends to follow the structure of: the Scouts at the front, who are neatly lined up in uniform, holding reefs and musical instruments, with the high Priest and other senior members of the Armenian community behind them, followed by the rest of those in the march. Given that the scouts lead the procession to instil discipline in the advance, this seems in vain as a high percentage of the gathering do not take part in the chanting and rather hold their own conversations in an unorganised rabble. If the march was in silence, it would ensure a consistent discipline that would be a fitting way of commemorating our ancestors who were forced to march into the desert. We must not preach or encourage a hatred for the Turks. This can be reinforced by relatively recent actions taken by a Turkish Nationalist, Ogun Samast, whose anti-Armenian disposition led him to assassinate Turkish-Armenian editor of Agos, Hrant Dink.
Samast erred spectacularly in killing Hrant Dink. This was an act that could be utterly condemned as an immoral act alone, but it also had wider reaching implications. Hrant Dinks death made a martyr of him and a powerful symbol for the Armenians in the struggle for recognition, while the murder reflects poorly on the Turkish defence. Dinks death drew every Armenians attention to his life and his views on the Armenian Problem. While he condemned the Turkish denial, he was also critical of Armenian diasporas efforts to pressurise Western governments into recognising the Genocide, highlighting the importance on peace and repairing relations with Turkey directly through dialogue.
His is a message that should be adhered to, and one that this article takes much of its inspiration from. As a nation that prides itself on its Christian heritage, being the first nation to adopt it as its religion in 301 AD, it would be contradictory to act in any way other than peaceful in any situation. So, lets listen to Hrant Dinks message, lets be peaceful, and lets do it quietly.
BOXING: Unbeaten junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan was surgical in soundly outpointing Richard Gutierrez in their Fox Deportes-televised main event Saturday evening at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. With the win, Martirosyan advances to 31-0 (19KO).
TENNIS: Argentinas David Nalbandian dropped to the 69th place with 670 points in the mens tennis rankings released by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) on October 31. Serbias Novak Djokovic continues to top the rankings with 13295 points, followed by Spains Rafael Nadal (9500) and UKs Andy Murray (7200 points). Nalbandian will miss some tournaments due to a injury and will return in December.
KICKBOXING: Armenian-born kickboxer Vardan Mnatsakanyan will be facing off against Spains Pedro Felipe November 12 in a clash for WFCA kickboxing title.
FUTSAL: Armenia finished 2nd in UEFA Futsal EURO 2012 qualifiers in Group A. The squad gained 5 points, having beaten Malta 4-0, and drew the games with Georgia and Moldova.
FOOTBALL: On October 26, Armenia beat Andorra 1- 0 in U-19 EURO 2012 qualifiers making into the knock out stage before.
CHESS: Armenia suffered a defeat by Kazakhstan in the 9th round of the World Youth Y16 Olympiad in Izmit, Turkey. Karen Grigoryan and Hovhannes Gabuzyan lost their games, Tigran Harutyunyan played in a draw while Arman Mikaelyan scored a victory. Currently, the Armenians are second with 25 points. Russia keeps the lead with 26.5 points. In round 10, Armenia will face Kyrgyzstan, which occupies the 8th position with 19.5 points.
HANDBALL: On November 12-14, Yerevans Dinamo sports hall will host Armenian PMs Handball Cup, with Armenian, Russian, Georgian and Uzbek teams participating. The Armenia squad will include 9 France-based Armenian handballers coached by Patrick Otamian as well as a player from Chekhovskie Medvedi Moscow club Samvel Aslanyan.
FOOTBALL: Armenia vs Czech Republic for the U-21 EURO 2013 Group 3 qualifiers will be played at Yerevans Vazgen Sargsyan stadium on November 11.
BOXING: After losing three of his last four fights at 168-pounds, former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26KOs) is preparing to return to the middleweight division. He plans to fight in January and reclaim the middleweight title by the end of 2012.
CHESS: Armenian grandmaster Hrant Melkumyan scored 6,5 points out of 9 to finish 3rd at the open which was held in Bastia, on the island of Corsica. With the same number of points, GM Avetik Grigoryan took the 10th place. Both Armenians were only half a point behind the winner, GM Krisnan Sasikiran of India.
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
After a series of victories on the world Senior Tennis tour that brought him to a world top 70 ranking, former Cyprus Davis Cup star Haig Ashdjian returned to playing a tournament in Cyprus. In last Sunday's final at the Larnaca Pancyprian Open Championship he defeated Costas Avraam 6-1, 6-1.
Ashdjian won the championship without losing a single set. In the opening round he defeated Lorenzo Sortini 6-1, 6-3, Thasos Kyratzis in the second round 6-2, 6-3 and Antonis Avraam 6-1, 6-1 in the semis. Congratulations to a truly great champion, who continues honouring the colours of our community for more than four decades.
AGBU Ararat suffered their first defeat of the season with a 2-0 loss to arch rivals Omonoia in the Cyprus Futsal 1st Division. The derby was held at the Melkonian Stadium that brought together more than 400 spectators.
Homenmen registered their first win of the season with a 11-8 win against THOI Anayias in the Cyprus Futsal 3rd Division.
Homenetmen AYMA Bowling Team won its third straight match in the 3rd Division of the Cyprus Bowling Federation.
FIVE DRIVERS BATTLING IT OUT FOR THE IRC WORLD TITLE AT CYPRUS RALLY
LIVE ON EUROSPORT
Cyprus will once again be the focus of world motorsport this week as the 2011 Cyprus Rally and the 2nd ever Cyprus Golden Stage Rally take place in the autumn sun.
Eurosport is ready to broadcast unprecedented TV coverage, of the Cyprus Rally from Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th November, and also of the Cyprus Golden Stage Rally on Sunday 6th November.
With no fewer than five drivers battling it out for the title on the last round of the 2011 Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), considerable coverage is planned with four hours of live Eurosport coverage bringing the Cyprus Rally into 117 million households across the globe.
TURKIC STATES SET UP
Media officials of Turkic-speaking countries established a major organisation comprising media outlets and broadcasters at their meeting in the Azerbaijani capital Baku on Friday.
The Media Platform of Turkic-Speaking Countries and Communities was set up by Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, as well as the "Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus." It also comprises journalistic organisations, TV channels, radio stations and print media of the Turkic communities based in a number of countries. The new organisations general secretariat will be based in Ankara. A website of the Platform will be created as well.
ARMENIAN, GREEK GENOCIDES IN
TURKISH FILM-MAKERS' MOVIE?
TERT.am - Turkish film-makers have decided to produce a movie featuring the Genocides of Armenians and Greeks in the World War I period.
According to Akunq.net, a website covering the latest developments on Western Armenian communities, a central character in the film is Topal Osman, a Turkish man who was among the perpetrators of the Armenian and Pontic Greek massacres.
The film shooting, which reportedly costs 2 million Turkish Liras (approx. $1 million), will begin on November 4. The actors' team includes 30 people.
Osman, who ruled a gang until 1914, was recruited by the senior staff of Turkish special agencies to plot the Genocide against Armenians. He was responsible from clearing the Black Sea region from the Armenian population. With his gang of man-slaughterers freed from jail, he took part in the displacement of people from Ardvin, killing numerous Armenians.
In 1919, already wanted by the Istanbul Military Tribunal, Osman met with Mustafa Kemal. After the meeting, the Sultan Vahdettin annulled the decree to arrest him. Osman later became a member of a national rights protection organisation (Muhafaza-i Hukuk-u Milliye Cemiyeti).
He succeeded in his efforts to suppress anti-Kemalist figures and clear the Black Sea region from Greeks. Osman subjected Pontic Greeks to hellish torments and tortures, burying them alive in graves they had been forced to dig or burning their bodies in boat steamers or skinning them.
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Development project overlooking Larnaca Salt Lake, by three young Armenian professionals of our community. Click here .