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THIS COMING SUNDAY
MARCH 11 at 7:00 pm

TURKEY WOULD CONSIDER ANNEXING CYPRUS IF TALKS FAILED SAYS EGEMEN BAGIS

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The Cyprus Mail - Turkey would consider annexing northern Cyprus if talks between Greek and Turkish Cypriots failed to reach a deal on reunification of the island, Turkey's European Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis told a Turkish Cypriot newspaper.
      
Cypriot President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu have made little progress in negotiations to reunite the island, divided in 1974, since the United Nations persuaded them to renew efforts late last year.
      
Bagis told Turkish Cypriot newspaper Kibris that Turkey would support any agreement reached by the two sides, but said that was only one of several possible outcomes.
      
"Reunification under a deal that (the two) leaders could reach, creation of two independent states after an agreement between the two leaders if they are unable to reach a deal for reunification, or annexation of the KKTC (Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus) to Turkey," Bagis told Kibris during an interview in London.
      
"These are all the options on the table."
      
Many Turkish Cypriots oppose the notion of annexation. Turkey's NTV news channel quoted Ozkan Yorganciogly, leader of the main opposition Republican Turks Party (CTP), as saying the idea was unacceptable.
      
Cyprus, a member of the European Union, has used the dispute to slow Turkey's efforts to join the bloc.
      
Frustrated by the lack of progress, Turkey has said if there was no solution by July 1 when Cyprus takes over the European Union presidency, it would suspend dialogue until the presidency passes to another EU member in 2013.
      
The dispute took a serious turn last September when Cyprus allowed gas exploration drilling to commence. That prompted Turkey to dispatch naval ships to the Eastern Mediterranean, saying that any gas found would belong to all Cypriots.

WOMEN'S DAY EVENT
ON THURSDAY 8 MARCH
HOSTS MAGGIE ESKIDJIAN

Following ARS Sosse Chapter's monthly meeting on Thursday 8 March, Nareg School Armenian language and Armenian History teacher Maggie Eskidjian will give a lecture on Women's Day. The lecture is open to all members (not only women) of the community and will begin at 7:00 pm at Homenetmen - AYMA. The lecturer's topic is “Armenian Women in Modern Times”.

       Maggie Eskidjian was born in Nicosia and lived in Famagusta. She attended the Armenian Elementary School in Famagusta for 5 years and after the Turkish invasion, the Elementary in Nicosia for 4 years.
       After graduating the Melkonian Educational Institute’s 6-year education programme, she left for Yerevan and studied Literature at the Yerevan State University. Having acquired her Master’s Degree, she returned to Cyprus, teaching Armenian Language, Literature, Ancient Armenian, Manuscriptology and Ordinary and Advanced Level Classical Armenian.
      
For the past 15 years, she has taught at Nareg School, undertaking Armenian and Armenian History classes.
      
For the past 3 years, she is a candidate of the Pedagogical Department of the Yerevan State University, preparing her doctorate thesis, her Ph.D, having as a subject “The Educational Task in Cyprus”.
      
Her preferences are the thirst for reading books…especially literary and philosophical ones, as well as writing narrations on philosophical works, which are already published in Armenian daily or monthly newspapers.
      
Next month, the Writers’ Union’s 6th conference will take place in Armenia, to which she has been invited as a young Armenian-Cypriot writer.

ARMENIA WITHDRAWS
FROM EUROVISION 2012

Epress - Today Armenian Public Television officially informed the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) of their withdrawal from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.
“We are truly disappointed by the broadcaster’s decision to withdraw from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest,” said the Contest Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand on behalf of the EBU. “Despite the efforts of the EBU and the Host Broadcaster to ensure a smooth participation for the Armenian delegation in this year’s contest, circumstances beyond our control lead to this unfortunate decision.”
       Consequently, only 42 countries — instead of the 43 announced — will be represented at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku, Azerbaijan. In each Semi-Final, 18 countries will be represented, whereas France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and host country Azerbaijan are automatically qualified for the Final.
       Following news of the Feb. 23 death of Albert Adibekyan, who was serving in the army, a group of Armenian singers had issued a statement saying they were boycotting the Eurovision Song Contest held in Baku this year and in a country that is “known for massacres and killings of Armenians” and has snipers that kill Armenian soldiers, citing Adibekyan’s death as one of these instances. However, it later became known that Adibekyan died from a shot fired not by an Azerbaijani sniper but by a fellow conscript.

PEACE EVENT IN NICOSIA 

Part 1 click here:
Part 2 click here:
Letters to the Editor

Re: French Genocide Bill:
This is only the first of many world-wide defeats the Armenians will face leading up to the 100th anniversary.
The Turks are already spending millions to organize and prepare monumental campaigns throughout Europe and the Western Hemisphere to once and for all wipe out the "Armenian Question".
We as Armenians think that with our  "nickel-dime" productions, we are doing great things. The Turks have already spent and are spending
millions of dollars in preparation for the 100th anniversary of the "Death
of the Armenian Nation". Our family came to America in 1883, 1889, 1895-6, 1913, 1923 escaping from the various massacres. We still exist after 7 generations.
       But what we see today is self-destructive.  Armenia is emptying out.
Rich individuals in the diaspora are "selecting" projects that they can finance... with their names in big letters.  Less affluent Armenians are donating to various projects...not know where their money goes.  Educated, technological, young and talented Armenians are leaving Armenia. The country is being abandoned... understandably....it is a cesspool of corruption, gambling, drinking, prostitution for rich Arabs from the oil-rich countries... while other Armenians live in abject poverty.
       How can ANY Armenian arrogantly "praise" the Armenian race and its alleged accomplishments in the face of today's "Armenian Tragedy"?  When will we STOP playing "God" to the destitute people of the villages and outskirts of Yerevan... and begin to "clean up" the country and BUILD it.  This is not to demean the legitimate and positive "projects" that have been helping Armenia.
Leon Samoorian - Boston

News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • The Communication Department of the Catholicosate turned down an invitation addressed to His Holiness Aram I for a live interview on a Turkish satellite TV channel. In the letter of invitation, the "Armenian issue" appears among the topics to be discussed. Referring to the offer of an interview, the Communication Department remind the Turkish channel that "for the Armenians there is no so-called "Armenian issue". The Armenian Genocide is a fact of history and as such it is not a subject for discussion, negotiation or dialogue. Turkey must accept the genocide committed against the Armenian people in 1915 by its forefathers."
  • Turkey has decided to keep sanctions on France it imposed after French Parliament endorsed a bill making it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide, Government Spokesman said. According to Today’s Zaman, Bülent Arınç, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, told reporters following a cabinet meeting on Monday, March 5, that the bill was brought to the agenda of the meeting and hailed the French Constitutional Council for ruling the bill “unconstitutional”. Shortly after the ruling was announced, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said the Cabinet would meet to consider whether to restart economic, political and military contacts with France that were frozen after the French Parliament passed the law on Jan. 23.
  • A group of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul's Taksim Square on Sunday, March 4, to protest racist slogans and banners in a rally at the same location on Feb 26. According to Today’s Zaman, the group was composed of members of some civil society organizations and marched along İstiklal Street holding a huge banner that read: “We are marching for the brotherhood of people against racism.” The group also held banners that read “Hate is yours, humanity is ours” and “We will not allow racism.”
  • Armenian-born Karen Khanlarian was elected to Irans parliament on March 2. According to media outlets, the candidate garnered 12 000 votes due to the active participation of Armenians from Northern Iran. About 90% of Armenian voters, i.e. 10857 people voted for Karen Khanlaryan. Robert Beglarian was elected an MP in Jugha.
Community calendar at a glance:
  • Thursday 8 March - Following ARS Sosse Chapter's monthly meeting, Nareg School Armenian language and Armenian History teacher Maggie Eskidjian will give a lecture on Women's Day. The lecture is open to all members of the community and will begin at 7:00 pm at Homenetmen - AYMA will be followed by a reception.
  • Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm - Armenian Evangelical Church Service at the Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstonos - Nicosia. Sermon title: “ KRISTONIAYIN HAGHORTAKTSOUTIOUNE - KOINONIA. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian.
  • Sunday 11 March - "Armenia on stage" organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
  • Wednesday 14 March - Literary evening dedicated to Zabel Yesayian organised by the "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association. Details to follow.
  • Sunday 18 March at 1:00 pm - Michink Lunch, at Homenetemen - AYMA organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter. Details to follow.
  • Saturday 31 March - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter's Easter Fund-Raiser. Details to follow.
  • Sunday 8 April - Traditional annual Easter Lunch organised by Larnaca Hay Agoump at Sun Hall Hotel at 1:00 pm - Entrance: €25.00. Tickets available with Kevork Hovsepian 99652690 Roubina Bohdjalian 99607568 Taline Babikian Angelidou 96577847.
  • Tuesday 1 May - Third annual Melkoniantsis and Friends picnic will be held in Cyprus. This is an occasion for Melkoniantsis and friends in Cyprus (and abroad if they wish) to join together and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful countryside. The organizing committee will prepare the souvla, kebabs, salads and soft drinks for a small fee. This event is open to all Melkoniantsis and friends. The venue will be announced soon. All are welcome.
  • Saturday 5 May - SIPAN Dance Ensemble's annual performance by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
  • Saturday 12 May - Kravadz Or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
  • Sunday 13 May - Pilgrimage to St. Magar Monastery organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
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Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • AGBU Ararat defeated SPE Strovolou 6-1 in the Cyprus Premier Futsal League.
  • AGBU Ararat U-21's host ENA Athienou U-21's in the Cyprus U-21 Futsal League.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's suffered a 1-7 defeat against Atlas Aglandjia U-17's in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal League.
  • Homenetmen - AYMA Bowling team still lead the Cyprus Bowling 3rd Division with a 1.5 points advantage over second placed Kanarinia.
  • Homenetmen - AYMA have announced the start of registrations for the Table tennis Academy (aged 6+) with a coach from the Cyprus Federation. Registrations on 99488926 and 99680944.

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY (HOM) CYPRUS SOSSE CHAPTER, APPEALS TO THE COMMUNITY, TO SEND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE TO GREECE

The Armenian Relief Society’s Cyprus “Sosse" Chapter Cyprus is accepting humanitarian aid for Greece - food stuff such as lentils, beans, macaronis and pastas, rice, sugar, flour, sanitary ware, house cleaning liquids, hygiene items etc until 31st March 2012. You can deliver them to Homenetmen - AYMA club preferably in the afternoons. Please contact Louise Aynedjian on 99533684 and for Larnaca please contact Roubina Bohdjalian 99607568 for further info. Thank you.
Please contact members of the ARS Cyprus committee to participate in the collection of the aid which will be sent through the Cyprus Greek Orthodox Church: Louise Aynedjian (99533684), Aida Taslakian, Nora Sarian (99889910), Sona Kazandjian and Louise Der Partogh.

 If you were not able to attend Yeran Kouyoumdjian's lecture at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church, you can view it here

"The Bible: The Book of Hope"

On the occasion of the announcement by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I of Holy See of Cilicia 2012 as the Year of the Armenian Book, the Armenian Prelacy of Cyprus has scheduled a series of lectures every Friday during the Lenten season. The first lecture was dedicated to the Bible, and the lecture was delivered by Hrayr Jebejian, General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Gulf. The lecture, entitled "The Bible: The Book of Hope" was delivered on February 24 in the Armenian Orthodox Church in Nicosia.

"Undoubtedly," Jebejian said, "the Bible played an important role in the life of the Armenian people right from the day when Armenia accepted Christianity as a state religion in AD 301. The Armenian alphabet was invented so that the Bible will be translated into Armenian. Since then the national and Christian identities of the Armenian nation have been integrated as an inseparable entity. The Bible played a vital role in the development of the Armenian culture throughout the ages, and Christian faith helped the Armenian nation to overcome the many calamities it went through throughout its history."

Jebejian pointed out that the theology of the Bible is based on the "I Am" sayings of Jesus Christ. "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he will live" (John 11:25). The essence of "I am" and the fact that He saves and offers a new life on earth and in eternity make Christianity a unique religion. "This new life is based on God's love which is real because He came down to earth to share it with the world," explained Jebejian.

"It is written in John 3:16 that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life," he continued. "We are the recipients of God's love and are asked to give the same love back to God by sharing it with the community we live in. This love is what makes the lives of human beings filled with the hope of God. We live this hope in our lives on earth and for eternity."

The life of the believer was illustrated through Luke 18:18 when "A certain ruler asked Jesus, 'Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?'"

A believer's life is not in "doing this" or "not doing that" rather on setting their priorities right. A Christian's priorities lie in accepting Jesus' "I Am" as the leading motto in their life.

God's love is illustrated in chapter 13 of Paul's Letter to the Corinthians.

Verse 4 talks about love being patient, enduring, with the intention of building something new and generating hope. This was the lesson Jesus intended to teach through the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

The Samaritan's love was characterized by his endurance and care for the wounded person to the end. Christian hope is community-oriented and helps to build a national, civic identity.

Jebejian's final point was that hope for perfection is made possible because God "gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self control" (2 Timothy 1:7). This same hope enables us to love life even when we struggle. It helps us to maintain a discipline in life where values are preserved. It is this same hope that will help believers to follow the path of Jesus and his experiences: His victorious entry to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, His betrayal and suffering during the Holy week, His crucifixion and death on Good Friday and His triumphant resurrection from the dead on Easter Sunday. Similarly, as Christians we live a life full of joy, pain, and victory. The Bible helps us to navigate through all these experiences in a meaningful way, with an identity that is generated by the hope of eternal life.

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Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • TENNIS: On March 5, the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) released the subsequent ranking list, with Argentina-based ethnic Armenian David Nalbandian dropping to the 74th place with 700 points. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, winner of Australian Open, keeps lead with 13310 points; Rafael Nadal (Spain) comes 2nd with 10415 points, Swiss Roger Federer is placed 3rd with 8710 points. From March 8-18, Nalbandian will participate in BNP Paribas Open tournament to be held in Indian Wells, California. From March 20-April 1, he will perform in Sony Ericsson Open in Miami.
  • CHESS: Turkish city of Gaziantep hosted the third round of 13th European Individual Women's Chess Championship 2012, with all of five Armenian players losing their games. Elina Danielian faced her first defeat to Tatiana Molchanova (Russia). Lilit Mkrtchian lost to Nastassia Ziaziulkina (Bulgaria), Lilit Galojan was beaten by Almira Skripchenko (France). Maria Kursova and Anna Hairapetian lost to Hoang Thanh Trang (Hungary) and Baira Kovanova (Russia) respectively.
  • CHESS: With 6,5 points, Armenian grandmaster David Arutinian currently leads Rochefort Chess Tournament ongoing in France. Prior to this he scored 9 points out of 11 to come first among 48 participants at Rochefort rapid chess tournament. Grandmaster Gevorg Harutyunyan came 3rd with 8 points, while Krikor Sevag Mekhitarian was the 8th with 7 points.
  • CHESS: Armenia comes 4th with 2659 points on FIDE official rating list released on March 1, 2012. The rankings considered results of Armenian 33 grandmasters and 22 international masters. Russia currently tops the list with 2744 points, followed by the Ukraine and China with 2697 and 2661 points respectively.
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