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EROGLU CALLS CYPRUS AND ISRAEL NOT
TO TAKE ACTION THAT WOULD WARM
THE WATERS IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

According to illegal Bayrak television (26.05.12), the Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu, in statements during his visit in the Turkish city of Trabzon where he went as a guest of the Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, answered questions regarding the Cyprus giving Israel a base.
Noting that he warned both Israeli and Cyprus over the issue, Eroglu said: “Both parties should not take any actions that would further warm the waters of the Mediterranean”.
According to Anatolia news agency (25.05.12), the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu said on Friday that they received information on Israel's demand from the “Greek Cypriot administration” as he called the Republic of Cyprus, for an air base in the island.
Speaking to reporters while visiting Trabzon, Eroglu said that the Greek Cypriots provided in the past a naval base to the French. “It is EU countries who have to decide whether or not Greek Cyprus' plans to provide an air base to Israel are appropriate”, Eroglu stressed.
In response to a question on the “violation” of the “Turkish Cypriot air space” by an Israeli aircraft and that this “violation” had to do with exploration for oil, Eroglu underlined that both Turkey and they protested the “violation” of the “Turkish Cypriot air space” by Israel.
“The Greek Cypriot administration cooperates with Israel while searching for natural gas and oil. When you consider the fact that in the past few months two (high level) Israeli visits took place to Cyprus, it is evident that they will further develop ties. I do wish that they act responsibly without causing tension in the Mediterranean”, Eroglu also said.

EROGLU CALLS AZERBAIJAN TO
HELP FOR LIFTING OF "EMBARGO"

According to illegal Bayrak television (25.05.12), the “Azerbaijan-North Cyprus Youth Panel” was organised at the “Eastern Mediterranean University” with contributions from the Azerbaijan-based Association for Cultural Heritage and Solidarity.
Delivering an opening speech, the Turkish Cypriot leader, Dervis Eroglu emphasized that none can prevent the peaceful perpetuation of the three Turkic states, the “TRNC”, Turkey and Azerbaijan.
Eroglu said that Azerbaijan can own a big role in the removal of “unjust embargoes” imposed on the Turkish Cypriots, since it is a sister country as he said.
Noting that the Turkish Cypriot side has made every possible effort towards a solution in Cyprus, Eroglu complained of the continuation of the “unjust embargoes” on the Turkish Cypriots who, he said, don’t want to maintain their existence under conditions set by the Greek Cypriot side’s delaying tactics and unjust policies.
“We can accept the launch of a give-and-take process which will foresee a bi-zonal agreement based on the existence of two states and two peoples” Eroglu added, and he called on the United Nations and the European Union to do their bit for that.
In addition, Turkish Cypriot daily Yeni Duzen newspaper (26.05.12) reporting on the same issue, writes that tension was created between Eroglu and two women deputies from Azerbaijan who also participated in the panel. According to the paper, speaking at the panel Eroglu complained that Azerbaijan does not recognize the “TRNC”, (as he called the breakaway regime) and left the room that the conference was taking place. The two deputies run after Eroglu and the argument continued at the rector’s office.

TURKEY UNDER PRESSURE OVER MISSING PERSONS

By Stefanos Evripidou Published on May 29, 2012 - A book narrating the memoirs of high-ranking Turkish officers during the 1974 invasion has piled further pressure on Turkey to divulge information on the whereabouts and fate of missing Greek Cypriots.
The government has called on the Council of Europe (COE) to pressure Turkey for access to the Turkish army’s reports and archives containing information on the identity of Greek Cypriots killed in 1974, and the location of burial sites and persons taken alive by the Turkish army who are still missing today.
The Cyprus Republic’s Ambassador to the COE in Strasburg Theodora Constantinidou sent a memorandum to the COE’s Committee of Ministers highlighting the Turkish army’s refusal to share information that could help identify the whereabouts and fate of the missing.
The memo was sent in response to a Turkish memorandum sent two days earlier to the Committee of Ministers maintaining that Turkey has taken all the necessary steps regarding the missing.
In the memo sent last Friday by Cyprus, the need for effective implementation of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) judgement on the missing is highlighted.
Attached to the memo is a note with extracts from a book written by Turkish author Erol Mutercimler containing eyewitness accounts from high-ranking Turkish army officers who took part in the 1974 Turkish invasion.
The book, titled ‘Cyprus: The island on sale - Unknown Aspects of the Cyprus Peace Operation’ contains the memoirs of three high-ranking Turkish officers who served as commanders and deputy commanders during 1974.

According to Politis, the officers’ memoirs provide numerous references to locations where Greek Cypriot soldiers and civilians were killed, found dead and buried, detained and never seen again, or buried and later had their remains removed by the Turkish army.
One officer refers to 14 Greek Cypriots murdered in a house in Sysklipos on August 2, 1974 by a young artillery officer, two commandoes and two Turkish Cypriot militants. He narrates how his unit found the 14 dead men and women with bullet wounds to the chest and head on the couch and floor with one decapitated body found near the entrance.
In Lefka, he narrates how 12 Greek Cypriot soldiers were arrested and held in a house while in Skylloura, 17 Greek Cypriot were detained while trying to leave the area. None have been seen since.
The book documents other incidents, revealing the existence of information that would prove vital to the work of the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP). One officer recounts that on July 20, two Greek Cypriots were killed by Turkish officers in a well, while in another incident, Turkish soldiers were ordered to bury dead Greek Cypriot soldiers and civilians in a mass grave. In the village of Elia, five Greek Cypriots were arrested during a search of the village. They have never been released.
“Unless Turkey co-operates without further delay in order to effectively investigate and solve the cases of the missing by, inter alia, sharing information it has at its disposal and by allowing excavations and exhumations throughout the areas under its control, the fate of the missing will remain unknown and the (ECHR) judgment will remain unimplemented,” said the Cyprus memo.
The Turkish authorities need to say what measures they will take and when they will take them to ensure “effective investigations” are carried out into the missing, argued the Cyprus Ambassador.
The COE should also demand information from Turkey on the location of the remains of Greek Cypriots secretly removed from mass burial sites in the occupied areas by the Turkish army. It could also invite the Turkish retired military officers mentioned in the book to share valuable information, argued the Cyprus government.
The memo further notes the slow pace of investigations by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) as a result of Turkey’s lack of co-operation with the CMP.
“When one considers that currently no more than three identifications a month are concluded, it can be estimated that it will take many more decades before all the relatives might be informed of the fate of their loves ones,” said the memo.
It highlights that all information to date on gravesite locations has come directly from ordinary Turkish Cypriots, and not from the official Turkish authorities or the Turkish military.
The Committee of Ministers is responsible for monitoring the implementation of ECHR judgements. It is due to meet on June 4-6, though discussion on the two memos from Cyprus and Turkey could be postponed until September.

TURKEY CONDEMNS GREECE FOR COMMEMORATING PONTIAN GENOCIDE

Hetq - May 26, 2012 - Turkey has condemned Greece for holding its annual Pontic Greek Genocide commemoration, arguing that the ceremony is not based on historical reality and is morally problematic.
The statement released by the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Friday reads: Activities held in Greece once more this year under the banner of the so-called “Pontian Greek Genocide Commemoration Day” are based on allegations incompatible with historical facts, and on an unscientific and ethically problematic approach. We condemn and reject these activities and their underlying mindset. Such initiatives undermine the efforts to improve relations and cooperation between Turkish and Greek peoples.

KARABAKH ISSUE ON THE AGENDA
OF CLINTON'S VISIT TO ARMENIA

Armradio - 28.05.2012 - US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will arrive in Armenia on June 4, Press and Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported.
Within the framework of the visit US Secretary of State will meet Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian.
Issues on the agenda will include the development and deepening of Armenian-American friendly relations, the process of peaceful settlement of the Karabakh conflict, other regional and international issues of reciprocal interest.

ARMENIANS CELEBRATE
ARMENIA'S REBIRTH

Tert.am - Today is May 28, the anniversary of Armenia’s first Republic.
The country declared its independence on May 28, 1918, two days after the dissolution of the Transcaucasian Seim. The other states in the Transcaucasian Federation – Georgia and Azerbaijan – became independent on May 26 and 27.Today is May 28, the anniversary of Armenia’s first Republic.
The fact was enshrined in a May 28 declaration adopted by the Armenian National Council of Tiflis (Tbilisi). Later, at the beginning of June, the Council issued a statement that laid the foundations of the Democratic Republic of Armenia. Before the government’s arrival from the Georgian capital, the Yerevan National Council took charge of the country’s affairs. It was headed by Aram Manukyan, who later became an Interior Minister.
Shortly after declaring independence, Armenia was forced to sue for negotiations at Treaty of Batumi, (signed in the Georgian town on June 4, 1918). Under the document, Turkey recognized Armenia’s independence, but the new Republic was left with a mere 12,000 square kilometers. Armenia thus lost its western provinces as well as several regions in the east.
On May 30, 1918 the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaksutyun (ARF-D) had decided that Armenia should be a Republic under a provisional coalition government. The declaration stated that the Republic of Armenia was to be a self-governing state, endowed with a constitution, the supremacy of state authority, independence, sovereignty, and plenipotentiary power. Katchaznouni became the country's first Prime Minister and Aram Manukian was the first Minister of Interior.

Armenia established a Ministry of Interior and created a police force. The Armenian Parliament passed a law on the police on April 21, 1920, specifying its structure, jurisdiction, and responsibilities.
At its first meeting on August 1, the Council appointed Avetik Sahakyan (ARF-D) as its chairman.
In 1919, the leaders of the Republic had to deal with issues on three fronts: domestic, regional, and international. The Armenian Congress of Eastern Armenians that took control in 1918 fell apart and in June 1919, the first national elections were held. The establishment of law was a problem: Armenians had the most organized structure in their homeland; however, several other ethnic groups had been settled for many centuries in these lands, too (Kurds and Azeris were the major ones).

The government of Hovhannes Kachaznuni was faced with a most sobering reality in the winter of 1918-19. The newly formed government was responsible for over half a million Armenian refugees in the Caucasus. The homeless masses, lacking food, clothing and medicine, had to endure the elements. Many who survived the exposure and famine succumbed to the ravaging diseases. By the spring of 1919, the typhus epidemic had run its course, the weather improved and the first American Committee for Relief in the Near East shipment of wheat reached Batumi. The British army transported the aid to Yerevan. Yet by that time some 150,000 of the refugees had perished. A report in early 1919 noted that 65% of the population of Sardarabad, 40% of the population of eight villages near Etchmiadzin and 25% of the population of Ashtarak had died.
In 1920, the Republic of Armenia administered an area that covered most of present-day Armenia, Kars, Igdir, and the Chuldur and Gole districts of Ardahan, while the regions of Nakhichevan, Nagorno-Karabakh, Zangezur (today the Armenian province of Syunik), and Qazakh were disputed and fought over with Azerbaijan. The Oltu region (briefly administered by Georgia in 1920) was also claimed by Armenia. The majority-Armenian area of Lori was disputed with and administered by Georgia. The areas south of Yerevan which were populated by Muslims did not acknowledge Armenian authority and resisted attempts by the Armenian government to assert its control over those regions. Nevertheless, after the signing of the Treaty of Sèvres in 1920, Armenia was granted formal international recognition. The United States, as well as some South American countries, officially opened diplomatic channels with the government. Numerous Armenian missions were also established in Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Greece, Iran, Japan and Africa.
The Treaty of Sèvres was signed between the Allied and Associated Powers and Ottoman Empire at Sèvres, France on August 10, 1920. The treaty included a clause on Armenia: it made all parties signing the treaty recognize Armenia as a free and independent state. The drawing of definite borders was, however, left to President Woodrow Wilson and the United States State Department, and was only presented to Armenia on November 22. The new borders gave Armenia access to the Black Sea and awarded large portions of the eastern provinces of the Ottoman Empire to the Republic.

The Turkish Revolutionaries saw the partitioning of Anatolia to be unacceptable and revolted against the allies. Also due to some Turks inside DRA being mistreated and oppressed by Armenians brought more reason to start a military offensive. On September 20, 1920, the Turkish General Kazım Karabekir invaded the region of Sarikamish. In response, Armenia declared war on Turkey on September 24 and the Turkish–Armenian War began. In the regions of Oltu, Sarikamish, Kars, Alexandropol (Gyumri) Armenian forces clashed with those of Karabekir’s armies. Mustafa Kemal Pasha had sent several delegations to Moscow in search of an alliance, where he had found a receptive response by the Soviet government, which started sending gold and weapons to the Turkish revolutionaries. This proved disastrous for the Armenians.
Armenia gave way to communist power in late 1920. In November 1920, the Turkish revolutionaries captured Alexandropol and were poised to move in on the capital. A cease fire was concluded on November 18. Negotiations were then carried out between Karabekir and a peace delegation led by Alexander Khatisian in Alexandropol; although Karabekir’s terms were extremely harsh the Armenian delegation had little recourse but to agree to them. The Treaty of Alexandropol was thus signed in early December.
Russia’s 11th Red Army began its virtually unopposed advance into Armenia on November 29, 1920. The actual transfer of power took place on December 2 in Yerevan. The Armenian leadership approved an ultimatum, presented to it by the Soviet plenipotentiary Boris Legran. Armenia decided to join the Soviet sphere, while Soviet Russia agreed to protect its remaining territory from the advancing Turkish army. The Soviets also pledged to take steps to rebuild the army, protect the Armenians and to not pursue non-communist Armenians, although the final condition of this pledge was reneged when the Dashnaks were forced out of the country.
On December 5, the Armenian Revolutionary Committee also entered the city. Soon, the Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic was proclaimed, under the leadership of Alexander Miasnikyan. It was to be included into the newly created Transcaucasian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic.

 

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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
The European Union and Armenia will hold a first round of talks on a bilateral agreement on the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area in June 19-20 in Brussels. The EU is Armenia's main trade partner, exporting 47 percent of its products to Europe. The agreement would allow Armenia to diversify its export routes and enter the European market on favorable conditions.
An Armenian will be appointed Uruguay's Minister of Tourism and Sport. Deputy Minister Liliam Kechichian will replace incumbent Minister Hector Lescano dismissed by President of Uruguay Jose Mujica. Former MP Kechichian is the first Armenian getting post of a minister in Uruguay. Several years ago Liliam Kechichian launched a signature campaign calling EU to demand that Turkey should recognize the Armenian Genocide to join the Union.
Turkish writer and publisher Ragib Zarakolu was awarded the 2011 Armenian Presidential Prize by Serzh Sargsyan for informing the Turkish society about the historic truth of the Armenian Genocide, for his untiring and principled struggle for the respect of the freedom of speech and human rights.
Los Angeles-based filmmaker Roger Kupelian confirmed last week that he has been holding meetings with Mel Gibson and representatives of President Serzh Sarkisian to realize a film project, about which the president made an announcement earlier this month. Fugitive Studios Entertainment Armenia confirmed that the discussion have centered around producing Kupelian's East of Byzantium, a pet project, on which the filmmaker has been working for several years. Kupelian's East of Byzantium chronicles the history of Armenians from the adoption of Christianity as its state religion in 301 AD to the Battle of Avarayr in 451 AD.

On the way to Turkey from US San Francisco, Turkish President Abdullah Gul stated about the wide-scale works Turkey is undertaking for the normalization of the Armenia-Turkey relations. According to haber7 web site, while in California Gul met with the urban authorities of San Francisco, amongst whom were Armenians as well.

BOOK LAUNCH BY DR. SUSAN PATTIE
at the Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature

An illustrated presentation of two new books, published by the Armenian Institute, London took place on Thursday 31 May at 7:30 pm. Author/editor Dr. Susan Pattie talked about how these books were created and showed samples of the "treasured objects" highlighted in one of them. Maral Kerovpyan, a contributor to the children's book, was also present. A discussion followed in English and Armenian. Armenians of Cyprus are featured in both books, in images and stories.

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Who Are the Armenians? By Susan Pattie with Gagik Stepan–Sarkissian and Maral Kerovpyan.
Book and CD of music and spoken word.

A fascinating guide for both children and adults, this book brings the 3000-year-old Armenian history and culture to life through folktales, language, food, religion, music, dance, art, poetry, sports and games. Including information about the Republic of Armenia, the book also explains how Armenians have made homes all over the world. Who Are the Armenians? presents the lives of children in Armenia and diaspora countries, showing how they live today.

Treasured Objects: Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire 100 Years Ago
V K Davidian, S P Pattie, G Stepan-Sarkissian, eds.

This richly illustrated book grew from the exhibition of the same name at the Brunei Gallery (SOAS) in 2010. Combining historical context with personal narratives, the book tells the stories of the dispersion of these household items and their owners from their original homes in the Ottoman Empire, pre-Genocide.
The books will be available for purchase or can be bought through the Moufflon Bookshop
booksop@moufflon.com.cy / 22 665 155, or order through the website of the Armenian Institute (www.armenianinstitute.org.uk)

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Gibrahayer calendar:
► Thursday 31 May at 7:30 pm - Two book launches by Dr. Susan Pattie organised by the Moufflon Bookstore and The Armenian Prelature. (For 50 images of the event click here ) "Who Are the Armenians?" By Susan Pattie with Gagik Stepan–Sarkissian and Maral Kerovpyan. Book and CD of music and spoken word.
"Treasured Objects" - Armenian Life in the Ottoman Empire 100 Years Ago
V K Davidian, S P Pattie, G Stepan-Sarkissian, eds.
► Saturday 2 June at 8:00 pm at PASYDY - May 28 celebrations by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun and affiliate organisations, followed by Dinner at AYMA. Keynote speaker Krikor Doungian from Syria. Special appearance by Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble and ARF Dashnaktsoutiun "Artsakah" Badanegan Miyoutyoun's Choir.
► Sunday 3 June at 10:30 am - Hokehankisd at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church, in memory of the heroes of the Armenian people who gave their life to the freedom of our people.
► Sunday 3 June at 10:30 am: A memorial service (hokehankisd) will be held for Mr Felix Haroutyounian at Sourp Asdvadzadzin church in Nicosia. Following the church service, gathering at AYMA for a tribute to Mr Felix.
► Wednesday 6 June - Humanitarian aid collection for needy families in Limassol organised by ARS (HOM) "Sosse" Chapter. See ad further down for more details.
► Saturday 9 June at 10:30am - Day trip to Kato Dhrys near Lefkara, organised by the Armenian Relief Society's (HOM) "Sosse" Chapter. Lunch at Platanos Restaurant. Adults €25.00 - Children 5-12 €15.00 (incl. bus transportation). Community members are all welcome.
► Saturday, June 16, at 5:00 pm- Armenian Evangelical Church service at the Greek Evangelical Church, Larnaca (facing the American Academy). Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian
► 12th to 29th July - Khalkidiki Camp of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) of Greek Macedonia and Thrace Greece: Arrival in Thessaloniki 12/7: Departure from Thessaloniki 29/07. Age of participants: 10-14. Last date of participation 22nd June. For more information and reservations you can contact the Cyprus Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) by calling Louise Aynedjian on 99533684.
► Thursday 21 June from 5.30pm - 7.30pm - Traditional reception to all Armenian graduates on the island at the residence of the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian.
► Friday 22 June at 6:00 pm - Annual General meeting of Armenian Relief Society's (HOM) "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
► Friday 22 June at 8:00 pm - Sourp Asdvadzadzin Junior Church Choir performance under Director Nara Sardarian at Utudjian Hall.
Monday 16 July 2012 at 7.30 pm at Casteliotissa Hall – Art Exhibition of Cypriot Armenian painters and photographers to mark the Cyprus EU Presidency. Opening Ceremony by H.E. Demetris Christofias. Opening hours weekdays 10.00 – 13.00 & 17.00 – 20.00, weekends 18.00 – 21.00 until 31st July 2012.
► Saturday 6 October - 40th anniversary celebrations of NAREG Armenian Schools. Details to follow.

HAMAZKAYIN'S "SIPAN" DANCE ENSEMBLE
PERFORM IN MULTI-CULTURAL EVENT IN
TURKISH-OCCUPIED NORTHERN CYPRUS

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CYPRUS PERFORMS IN STYLE IN BAKU

 
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
After a long absence on the local tennis tour, Simon Aynedjian came back to win three tennis championships at the Audi Field Club Open, in singles and in doubles. In the singles he defeated Marios Petrou 6-1, 6-4 and teamed up with Thasos Kyratzis (below) they won both the +35 and +45 doubles titles.

 
 

ONCE IN LEBANON - AN OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Our day in Lebanon begins with a tour of the city of Beirut, a city with venerable past, eminent present and a bright future. Downtown Beirut is completely rebuilt and the visitor will be fascinated by the combination of traditional and modern architecture.
The next visit is to Jeita Grottoes, the famous six-kilometer labyrinth of natural galleries of two levels with stalactites and stalagmites.
We will continue to Harissa for a visit at the magnificent statue of the Lady of Lebanon with it’s Cathedral of a Phoenician boat shape, where the view of the Beirut city and bay is breathtaking.
Last but not least is the visit to Byblos, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The ambience of the Middle Ages is vivid walking through the narrow streets of the ancient city, while the colors and bustling atmosphere of the old souk (market) will excite any visitor.
The excursion includes lunch at a local restaurant.
Duration of the excursion is 8 hours.
Price per adult €70, price per child €35

Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian
► PAN-ARMENIAN GAMES: The Armenian embassy in Vienna hosted a subsequent sitting of the World Committee of Pan-Armenian Games (WCPAG). The event brought together WCPAG executive body members from over 20 countries of the world. The possibility of conduction of Pan-Armenian Winter games, inclusion of new sports in summer games, expansion of the games’ geography, establishment of an office in Armenia, and a number of organizational issues were in focus of the meeting.
► BOXING: Belgium-based boxer Sasha Yengoyan scored 59:55, 58:56 and 60:54 wins over Alejandro Heredia in Deinze (Belgium).
CHESS: With 7 points Armenian grandmaster Gabriel Sarkissian came first at 2012 Chicago Open chess tournament.
► RUGBY: Armen Makarian, Indo-Armenian Friendship NGO a member, has been selected in the Indian National Rugby team. Armen is a part of the 24 member squad that will represent India at the 2012 HSBC Asian 5 Nations Division-III Tournament to be played in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this June.
► GYMNASTICS: Armenia’s Harutyun Merdinyan grabbed bronze on the pommel horse at European Gymnastics Championships in Montpellier, France.
► TENNIS: The Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) released the subsequent ranking list on May 28, with Argentina-based David Nalbandian maintaining the 40th place with 1005 points. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic keeps lead with 11800 points; Rafael Nadal (Spain) comes 2nd with 10060 points, Swiss Roger Federer is placed 3rd with 9790 points.
► BOXING: A deal has been finalized for Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27KOs) to challenge WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23KOs) on August 25 at O2 World in Berlin, Germany.
► SHOOTING: Norayr Bakhtamyan scored 683,3 points to come 4th at the 10m Air Pistol World Cup in Milan, Italy.
► FOOTBALL: Armenian national football team’s former player Michel Der Zakarian will manage FC Nantes in the next season.
 
 
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