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ARMENIAN COMMANDOS RETALIATE
BY KILLING FIVE AZERI SOLDIERS

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS - Published: June 5 - BAKU, Azerbaijan - Azerbaijan's Defence Ministry said Tuesday that five of its soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenian troops alongside the border separating the two countries, deepening tensions between the two former Soviet nations.
The Ministry said in a statement that exchanges of gunfire have been reported over the last two days at numerous points along Azerbaijan's western border. Armenia had said earlier that three of its soldiers died in the clashes.
The incidents come just as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has embarked on a tour of the South Caucasus in the hope of mediating progress in territorial disputes in the region.
Azerbaijan's defence ministry said one clash took place near the village of Ashagy Askipara early Tuesday morning, after their soldiers were attacked by Armenian commandos. Four Azeri troops were killed in the fighting, officials said. Another soldier died in a separate incident, the ministry said.
Armenia on Monday said three of its soldiers were killed and another six were wounded in villages nearby.

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TURKISH JOURNALIST CONDEMNS AZERI
SABOTAGE AND SAYS ATTACK WAS HALTED BY "BRAVE ARMENIAN SOLDIERS"

June 4, 2012 - PanARMENIAN.Net - Journalist of Turkish Internet portal Bursaport.com commented on Azeri sabotage at Armenian-Azerbaijani border.
“I learned about the ceasefire violation in the morning. I deem it incorrect regardless of the country having committed it,” Zafer Opsar said during the roundtable on “Role of Media in Current Stage of Armenian -Turkish Relations.”
On June 4, gross Azeri ceasefire violation was recorded in the north-eastern direction of Armenian-Azerbaijani border, with an attempt made to enter Armenian positions in Tavush Province of Armenia.
The attack was halted by Armenian soldiers’ brave actions. As a result of Azerbaijani sabotage, three Armenian soldiers (Mushegh Nurbekyan, Zohrab Balabekyan and Karen Davtyan) were killed. The violation also claimed wounded, according to RA Ministry of Defense press service
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"PAREV" ON CYBC2 TV CHANNEL SUNDAY FEATURES AYMA AND
MUSIC MASTER VAHAN BEDELIAN

Watch the fifth programme of “PAREV” on Sunday, June 10 at 4pm from CYBC2 TV channel which will be featuring the historical athletic club AYMA and music master and violinist Vahan Bedelian

GREEK PUBLISHING HOUSE REVIVES A TRADITION IN TURKEY

Opening of first Greek publishing house in Istanbul for 50 years will help ease tensions, says Consul General

The Guardian - It is fitting that the official opening of the first Greek publishing house in Istanbul for 50 years takes place in a former Greek school that has not delivered primary education since 1984 because there were no longer enough pupils in the neighbourhood.
The Istos publishing house, founded by a group of seven Greeks and Turks, will publish bilingual books about Istanbul's Greek Orthodox community, their cultural heritage and impact on the city.
Haris Rigas, who moved from Athens to Istanbul six years ago and is one of Istos's founders, said the time had come to revive the tradition of Greek publishing in Turkey. "[The political situation] in Turkey has been more relaxed over the past 10 years, and more Greek intellectuals and artists have been coming to Istanbul as well," he said.
Since a population exchange between Greece and Turkey in 1923, when about 1.5 million Turkish Greeks were forcibly resettled, the remaining Greek community in Istanbul has faced discriminatory laws, a destructive pogrom in 1955 and mass deportations after the start of the Cyprus crisis in 1964, diminishing their number to about 3,000 today.
"I think this is a very important initiative," said Nikos Matthioudakis, the Greek consul general in Istanbul. "Creativity, especially multicultural creativity, is the only way to ease tensions. I think that Istos will be very helpful in this respect."
Rigas said minority politics in Turkey were still ambiguous and Greeks faced many difficulties. "Greeks are more confident today. The biggest change has occurred in people's hearts and minds." But, he said: "Demographic-wise, things are still bad. There are still very few Greeks here, and it is very hard for example to get good translators."
Translations from Greek to Turkish have often been made through English or French, but Istos aims to change that through the publication of Greek language books. "There is a growing demand in Turkey to learn Greek," Rigas said. "And Istos will support that."
Frango Karaoglan, who works in the press office of the Greek consulate and translates Greek literature into Turkish, said Istos might also motivate more Greeks to consider Istanbul as a way out of the economic crisis.
"We are happy that for the first time, the number of Greeks in Istanbul is stable," she said. "Because of the economic crisis in Greece, people don't leave. And with projects like these maybe Istanbul Greeks will even start to come back."

MP VARTKES MAHDESSIAN WELCOMES NAREG STUDENTS
TO CYPRUS PARLIAMENT

On Tuesday 5 June, by special arrangement by the Armenian MP in the Cyprus House of Representatives, Nicosia Nareg students attended a Cyprus Parliament "session" and met the President of the House of Representatives Yiannakis Omirou.
They were accompanied by Principal Vera Tahmazian and Armenian language and history teacher Maggie Eskidjian as well as Greek language teacher Angela Savva.
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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
Armenia's Prime Minister, Tigran Sargsyan, has called for the EU to issue a three-point resolution to Azerbaijan in a bid to curb the militarisation of the south Caucasus. At the end of a two-day visit to Brussels (3-4 June), just two days after his re-appointment as prime minister, Sargsyan stated that the EU should draw up a declaration stipulating that the festering dispute over the status of Nagorno-Karabakh must be resolved peacefully, threatening sanctions if force is used and setting out what those sanctions would be.
Negotiations are the only means of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in Yerevan. She told Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian that military activities are unacceptable in resolving the conlict. The dispute should be resolved basing on the Madrid principles. Clinton also commented on relations of Armenia and Turkey (supporter of the Azerbaijani side in the conflict). She noted that Armenian-Turkish relations cannot develop with neglect of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
According to Turkish Haberler, in his speech at the Turkish parliament, Davutoglu referred to the relations with Armenia, once again reiterating Turkey's pre-condition for establishment of relations. The Turkish FM said their goal is establishment of peace in Caucasus and if Armenia respects this peace and implements Azerbaijan's demands, Turkey will establish relations with it.
The government of Turkey is taking its first step toward forming an organized and a strong Turkish diaspora against the Armenian diaspora. Around five-hundred leaders from Turkish organizations, foundations and federations from around the world will get together in Ankara on Thursday and Friday, Star daily of Turkey informs. And the main objective of these events, which will be organized by the Turkish MFA's Department of Turkish Expatriates, will be to coordinate these Turks' efforts against the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

DIANA PARIKIAN
Noted antiquarian bookseller

The Independent - Nicholas Poole-Wilson
Oxford. Sunday. Diana Parikian showed me Italian books, mostly obscure ones with illustrations, including a tiny emblem book honoring the ninetieth birthday of Pope Clement XI in 1702. The emblems are tucked into little floral pockets..." Thus Roger Stoddard, curator of rare books at Harvard, in a memorandum of 1985 on his first European acquisitions trip.
These and other such books were the stock-in-trade of Diana Parikian who has died aged 85, one of the first female antiquarian booksellers in a male dominated trade. She made her name if not a fortune ("I'm not a good businesswoman") by dint of book-hunting in the byways of continental renaissance and baroque literature. She never sought to compete for spoils with the established grandees of the trade, Georges Heilbrun and André Jammes in Paris, or Carlo Alberto Chiesa in Milan, but her expertise and scholarly approach enabled her to take her place at their table on equal terms. More than that, she had a joie de vivre that made her excellent company. Italy was her happiest hunting ground; she was as familiar with the backstreets of Perugia as the arcades of Turin. The art galleries and restaurants too.
She became an authority on emblem books and iconography before they achieved cult status, at a time when the bibliographical reference tools were limited or out of date. Her Latin was a premier dog-Latin, sufficient to buy and sell neo-Latin poetry to John Sparrow (his collection now at All Souls), the British Library, Harvard, Princeton and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington. Art historical texts, the theatre and opera libretti were further specialities, to which more recently she added conjuring books. Bill Kalush in New York became a client: "He knows far more about his subject – which is not conjuring per se, but the art of deception in the largest sense – than any bookseller does. So you can always learn from him... Also he buys every edition of every book, a bookseller's dream". In all she issued 82 catalogues in 50 years. She knew she had arrived when a distinguished old-timer in the trade put his arm around her shoulder to say "Diana, your latest catalogue, I've read it from beginning to end and there isn't a single author I recognise."
Diana Margaret Parikian was born in London in 1926, the eldest daughter of George Carbutt, chartered accountant. She grew up in Chelsea and was educated at Francis Holland School for Girls and later at North Foreland Lodge where she first encountered Amaryllis Fleming, who was later to play cello in the Parikian-Milne-Fleming Trio. In 1944 she joined the WRNS, serving at Stanmore and Bletchley Park. After the war she attended the Royal College of Music, studying cello and piano; it was here that she met Neville Marriner, her first husband, by whom she had a son, the clarinettist Andrew Marriner, and a daughter, Susie Harries, author of the recent biography of Nikolaus Pevsner.
In 1957 she married the violinist Manoug Parikian, Professor of Violin at the Royal Academy of Music. Not one to kick her heels in a hotel bedroom as he performed in the concert halls of Europe, she took to the bookshops. At first she operated as a "runner", trafficking books from one dealer to another, in particular to Jacques Vellekoop of EP Goldschmidt in Bond Street, who taught her much. "Yes, duckey, that's simply lovely, but now bring me the second edition because..." And when she discovered the scale of mark-up on an array of Erasmus first editions she had sold him (the friendship unimpaired), she recognised that it was time to turn dealer proper, working first from London and then for 22 years from a comfortable old rectory at Waterstock, the family home where she brought up her two sons, Stepan and Levon.
In 1981 she was inspired by Colnaghi's exhibition "Objects for a Wunderkammer" to explore the history of the Wunderkammer, or private museum, and to document its circuitous progress from haphazard cabinet of antiquities and objects of wonder to the more extravagant cabinet of objects de virtu to meet the appetite of a baroque prince, and its transformation into a public museum. She assembled a core collection of 16th and 17th century source books in conjunction with myself, and Paul Grinke catalogued them with learning and wit ("Clearly everyone wanted an Egyptian mummy, a Mexican idol and a Greenland kayak, the blue chips of the curieux, but most collectors had to settle for a piece of bitumenised criminal, a late Roman inscription or an Egyptian scarab").
It was a pioneer catalogue in a field now much studied, and originally issued in very small numbers, it was reprinted in 2006 with additions and further illustrations. A second reprint will appear later this year. The books themselves were purchased en bloc by the Getty Museum in California.
Diana never succumbed to collecting herself but she enjoyed aiding and abetting Manoug in a 30-year pursuit of Armenian printed books from the 16th to the 19th century. On his death in 1987 he bequeathed the collection to Eton College Library. Diana always used the Armenian alphabet for the cost-coding of her books, something that may baffle the provenance detectives of the future but will stand as a hallmark of books of distinction in libraries the world over. Her living legacy is the band of present-day booksellers and librarians whom she fostered by friendship, hospitality and example.

Gibrahayer calendar:

Sunday 10 June at 4pm - Watch the fifth programme of “PAREV” on Sunday, from CYBC2 TV channel which will be featuring the historical athletic club AYMA and music master and violinist Vahan Bedelian.
Wednesday 13 June at 6:00 pm - Mangabardez hantes at Nicosia Nareg Hall followed by reception and art exhibition. All members of the community are welcome.
Saturday 16 June at 5:00 pm-Armenian Evangelical Church service at the Greek Evangelical Church, Larnaca (facing the American Academy). Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian.
20 Wednesday June at 6:30 pm - Graduation ceremony for Primary and Gymasium at Nareg Nicosia Amphitheatre.
► 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.
► Thursday 21 June at 7.00pm - 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 Utidjian Hall.
► 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.

► Monday 2 July - First day of Nicosia Nareg Summer School - Registration continues. Contact 22 422218. email: nareg@cytanet.com.cy
► 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.

MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR FELIX HAROUTUNIAN

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SIPAN DANCER'S FAREWELL
FOR FELIX HAROUTUNIAN

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VETERANS OF THE CYPRUS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ARA VORSGANIAN AND HAYRABED TOROSSIAN HONOURED IN A SPECIAL CEREMONY IN NICOSIA

The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra paid tribute to fourteen of its veterans, nine of whom attended a special concert while five were honoured posthumously. The honoured musicians are: Ara Vorsganian (Assistant Conductor, resident conductor) Panayiotis Anastasiou, Nicos Zanopoulos, Christos Markou, Stelios Nathanael, Panos Panayi, Andreas Papakyriakou, Stavros Papantoniou, Demetrakis Petrides as members of the orchestra and posthumously: Hayrabed Torossian, Pambos Georgiou, Panayiotis Themistocleous, Costas Kleanthous and Tasos Pafios.
The statement from the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Foundation, said "We honour the people who served classical music on the island for so many years, with love and commitment".

Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
AGBU Ararat have announced the sale of the 2012-2013 season tickets. Each season ticket costs 50 Euros and can be obtained from the Nicosia AGBU chapter.

 

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
FOOTBALL: Armenia scored a 3-0 victory hosting Kazakhstan in a friendly Tuesday night as part of continuing preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament starting in September. Striker Gevorg Ghazaryan scored twice before Yura Movsisyan's third goal at the end of the first half. A minute's silence was observed at the Republican Stadium in Yerevan before the start of the match for the three Armenian soldiers killed in an Azeri cross-border incursion on Monday as well as the 15 Kazakh border guards killed on an outpost near the border with China last week. The Armenian national football team is expected to play its next friendly match against Belarus at Yerevan's Hrazdan stadium on August 15. Watch Ghazaryan's wonder backheal here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YpSETxPFhU&feature=youtu.be
BOXING: British boxer Lee Selby (13-1.5 KOs) rejected to fight for the EBU European champion title in the featherweight category against Belgian-Armenian Alexander Miskirtchian (21-2.15 KOs) the current holder of the title.
CHESS: On June 9-23, Kazan will host the 4th tournament of the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2011-2012, with Elina Danielian to represent Armenia.
FOOTBALL: On June 12, the Armenian National U-21 team will face Andorra at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in Yerevan, at 10 pm local time.
BOXING: Belgium-based boxer Sasha Yengoyan scored 59:55, 58:56 and 60:54 wins over Alejandro Heredia in Deinze (Belgium). Yengoyan gained victories in all of the 21 clashes he had during his professional career, 12 of them ending with knockouts.
JUDO: Armenian judokas won 5 gold medals, 6 silver medals and 5 bronze medals at the third judo tournament dedicated to Georgian Olympic Champion Zurab Zviadauri in Akhmeta, Georgia.
CHESS: With two points Armenia’s Lilit Mkrtchian ranked 11th at Women’s World Rapid and Blitz Championship in Batumi, Georgia.
FOOTBALL: Armenia’s national moved down four places and is now ranked 51st in a new ranking issued by FIFA. The world’s top-three teams are Spain, Uruguay and Germany respectively.
CHESS: With 7 points Armenian grandmaster Gabriel Sarkissian came first at 2012 Chicago Open chess tournament.
FOOTBALL: Armenia head coach Vardan Minasyan said on Monday forward Norair Mamedov will join the national as soon as the issues related to his citizenship are be solved. Minasyan also noted that he had watched the matches which features Andrey Khachaturyan, who is currently playing in the championships of Belarus, but has not made a decision so far to include him in the national team as well.
BOXING: Former IBF Middleweight Champion Arthur Abraham is impatiently waiting for his bout against the reigning WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz. he Arthur Abraham vs. Robert Stieglitz bout will be held on August 25 in Berlin.
CHESS: The World Chess Federation (FIDE) appointed Armenia’s International Arbiter (IA) Ashot Vardapetian as Chairman of the Technical-Administrative Panel (TAP) of the World Chess Olympiad to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in August-September, 2012.
 
 
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