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ARMENIAN PRESIDENT
SARGSYAN IN CYPRUS

The President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan arrives in Cyprus on Tuesday March 15 for a two - day official visit, heading a 32-member delegation among which four Ministers of the Armenian government who will sign several bilateral agreements between the two countries.
The Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan will be welcomed by Cyprus President Nicos Anastassiades with who they will also unveil a Cross Stone (Khatchkar) in the yard of the Foreign Ministry.
President Sargsyan will also meet the President of the Cyprus PArliament Yiannakis Omirou, Archbishop Chrysostomos.
On Wednesday at 11:45 am he will visit the Nareg School and at 12:15 pm he will meet with representatives of Armenian political parties and organisations in Cyprus.
President Sargsyan will be the keynote speaker of a lecture entitled “Armenia`s political agenda on the eve of the 25th anniversary of independence” on Wednesday March 16 at 4:00 pm at the University of Cyprus. The Rector of the University of Cyprus Professor Constantinos Christofides and the Representative of the Armenian Community in the Cyprus House of Representatives Vartkes Mahdessian will deliver welcoming speeches.
During their stay, President Sargsyan and his delegation will also meet representatives of Armenian Cypriot political parties and organisations.

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34 DEAD IN TURKISH
CAPITAL ANKARA BLAST

On Sunday night, at least 32 people were killed and 75 wounded after an explosion in the capital’s transit hub in Kizilay close to Guven park, according to security officials speaking to Reuters news agency.
The Ankara governor confirmed it was a car “packed with explosives close to Kizilay square”.
Live images from the scene showed burnt-out vehicles as ambulances rushed to the scene. Footage later appeared online showing the moment of the attack with people running away and sparks flying.
No group has yet claimed the attack. But a security official told Reuters news agency they believed Kurdish militant group, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), were behind the attack.
“According to initial findings, it seems that this attack has been carried out either by the PKK or an affiliated organisation.”
On Sunday night a court in Ankara ordered a ban on access to Facebook and Twitter in the country after images from the attack were widely shared, local media reported.
The country has been hit by a spate of deadly bombings including its worst attack in the capital late last year during which 103 people were killed after a twin suicide bombing by Isil-linked terrorists.
Last month’s attack killed dozens of military personnel and was initially blamed by Turkish authorities on Syrian Kurdish militants linked to homegrown Kurdish guerrilla fighters.
But later, the Kurdistan Freedom Hawks (Tak), formerly linked to PKK, claimed the attack in response to security operations in the south-east.
The blast comes two days after the US embassy warned its citizens that there was information about a “potential terrorist plot to attack Turkish government buildings and housing located in the Bahcelievler area of Ankara”.
The embassy warned its citizens to avoid the area. In the worst attack late last year, two Isil-linked suicide bombers launched their attack during a peace rally in the capital. Organisers and activists were calling for an end to fighting between the Turkish state and Kurdish militants after the collapse of the ceasefire earlier in the year.
The city suffered another attack last month when 29 people were killed after a car bomb blamed on Kurdish militants. The majority of those killed during the recent attack were military personnel after their convoy was hit by the blast.
Sources told Hurriyet Daily News that Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, was briefed on the attack by Efkan Ela, the interior minister, and Ahmet Davutoglu, the prime minister, chaired an emergency meeting with security chiefs after the attack.
Mr Erdogan, who is currently in Istanbul, is due to return to the capital.

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TURKISH AUTHORITIES BAN FACEBOOK
AND TWITTER AFTER BLAST THAT
KILLED 34 IN ANKARA

Turkish authorities banned Twitter and Facebook after images spread on social media depicting the suicide car bombing that killed and injured dozens in the Turkish capital of Ankara, local broadcasters reported.
Turkey’s telecommunications authority, TIB, blocked access to social media after a court-ordered ban was imposed, Turkish NTV and CNN Turk reported.
Access to Facebook, Twitter, and a number of other sites has been blocked because images showing victims of the tragedy were being shared on those platforms, according to the court.
The blast rocked the crowded center of the Turkish capital on Sunday evening, killing at least 34 people and injuring 125. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Ankara resident Jeremy Salt, a professor at Bilkent University, told RT that there is an atmosphere of fear in the city. “People are very, very frightened” and “just don’t know what happens next,” he said.
Salt emphasized that the bombing “will increase pressure on the government, because it’s the second serious thing that happens in the last few weeks and they will be asked questions about security.”
“The very name of this park, Guven, means ‘safe, secure.’ And it’s the second bombing in about a month. And people were asking the same questions last year, when there was a bombing at the railway station, ‘How could this happen?’ There seems to be something wrong with the security arrangements for the city, for these bombs to be going off in such safe positions. And the [Turkish] government just have to deal with that,” Salt said.
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GANCHVOR ARMENIAN CHURCH IN
TURKISH-OCCUPIED NORTH CYPRUS
by Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra

Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra. – The church of the Virgin Mary of Ganchvor (Caller or Summoner) is situated in the north-western part of the walled city of Famagusta, a stone’s throw away from the much larger Carmelite church; it is the only surviving Armenian church of Famagusta – which during the Middle Ages had three Armenian Orthodox and an Armenian Catholic churches.

Ganchvor was part of an older important monastic, cultural and theological establishment, at which Saint Nerses of Lampron (1153-1198) is said to have studied and whose foundations survived until the mid-20th century. The monastery had its own scriptorium, manuscripts and Bibles of which survive at the Armenian Saint James’ Monastery in Jerusalem.

This modest church, built in a traditional Armenian style, was probably erected in 1346 by Armenian refugees who had escaped the Mameluke attacks against Ayas of Cilicia. Looking like a square fortress with a semi-circular apse to the east and a cross-shaped roof, its architecture is traditional Armenian, but its masonry seems to be Cypriot in style. Its walls were covered with beautiful frescoes, only some of which survive until the present day, due to the long abandonment and natural decay. Although it is unknown exactly when it ceased being used as a church, this was possibly the case already since the mid-Venetian Era.

Throughout the Ottoman Era (1570-1878), the walled city of Famagusta was a forbidden place for non-Muslim locals. We have very little information about its condition during that time, but we do know that the Ottomans used it, like other churches, to store gunpowder, resulting in its partial burning in the late 19th century. We also know that, until at least 1862, it had a small bell tower, which was not there in the 1890s, when Camille Enlart visited the site.

Unpreserved for about four centuries, it was declared an ancient monument in 1907. Earlier on, the Armenian Archbishop of Cyprus, Bedros Saradjian, had approached the Curator of Ancient Monuments, George Jeffery, regarding this church. As a result, in 1907 an iron door was placed and partial preservation took place. In 1931 the inside of the church was cleared from some debris, while in 1932 it was restored by the Cyprus Museum, under Jeffery’s care.

On 19 April 1934 Ganchvor was visited by the Catholicos of Cilicia, Papken Gulesserian, and the Armenian Archbishop of Cyprus, Bedros Saradjian. As the Armenian population of Famagusta had recently increased due to the influx of Genocide refugees, they were of the opinion that it should be given to the local Armenian community as a place of worship. Aided by Mihran Sevazlian, arrangements were made between Archbishop Saradjian and the newly-formed Antiquities Department Director Jeffery, and Governor Sir Herbert Palmer agreed to lease it to the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus for a period of 99 years on 7 March 1936. Thanks to a generous contribution by Sdepan Eramian, restorations and significant repairs were carried out during the long years of 1937-1944, under the watchful care of Theophilus Mogabgab, Director of Antiquities for Famagusta District.

The first Liturgy and its re-consecration took place on 14 January 1945 by Archimandrite Krikor Bahlavouni [also known as Topal Vartabed (Lame Archimandrite), due to a leg injury he suffered during his service with the Armenian Legion], in the presence of a large number of attendants. The church was used a few times a year to celebrate Mass, usually on Christmas and Easter.

It was partially burnt on 8 March 1957 by Turkish-Cypriot extremists. The colonial authorities denied the community’s application for another church and so Ganchvor was used for worship until 1962, when the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus granted the use of the old church of Ayia Paraskevi, a larger church closer to Varosha, where the majority of the town’s Armenians lived; Saint John’s church in Varosha was used for large Masses, such as weddings.
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Following the 1963-1964 intercommunal troubles, it became part of the Turkish-Cypriot enclave, together with the rest of the walled Famagusta. Until late 2005, when it was declassified as being inside a “military area”, it was used, successively, as a residence, a stable and a store room, initially for gunpowder, later on for weapons and finally for supplies.

Presently it is in a fair condition, requiring restoration and some repairs. Between 2013-2015, the church is being restored under the care of Michael J. Walsh, with funding from the World Monuments Fund and the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore, while as of September 2015 the project has been undertaken by the United Nations Development Programme-Partnership For the Future (UNDP-PFF). Among others, the project has so far discovered traditional Armenian frescoes behind the previously plastered walls of the church. Hopefully, the restoration process will be completed within 2016.

 

Presentation on Ganchvor Church
on Friday 18 March at 7:00 pm

The Executive Council of the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus is organising a lecture / presentation dedicated to St. Mary’s Armenian Church (Ganchvor) in Turkish-occupied Famagusta on Friday, 18th March 2016 at 7:00 pm at the “Utidjian” Hall of the Armenian Prelature on Armenia Street, Strovolos, under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Nareg, Catholicossal Vicar of Cyprus.

The speaker will be Dr. Michael Walsh of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

His lecture is entitled “Prayers Long Silent: Protecting St. Mary’s Armenian Church (Ganchvor) in Famagusta” and will be accompanied by a multimedia presentation with pictures and will last 45 minutes.

Dr. Michael Walsh, has a keen interest in the medieval history of Famagusta and has edited or co-edited several books on the subject including : Medieval and Renaissance Famagusta (Ashgate, 2012), Crusader to Venetian Famagusta (Central European University Press, 2014), Famagusta : Contemporary Images from an Historic City (Datz Press, 2015), and City of Empires: Ottoman and British Famagusta (Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015).

The next in this series will be The Armenian Church of Famagusta and the Complexity of Cypriot Heritage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). He has also nominated the Historic City of Famagusta to the World Monuments Fund Watch List of endangered sites in 2008 and again in 2010.

He is currently Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Chair (Research) in the School of Art, Design and Media, at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.

 

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News in Brief

5% of the 11 million population of Moscow Armenians, and 14% Azerbaijanis.
► A new project to protect Turkey’s non-Muslim architectural heritage is bringing together volunteers from Turkey, Greece and Armenia. Over 100 at-risk churches, schools, monasteries and synagogues will be logged and catalogued by experts from the three nations. The project is being organized by the Association for the Protection of Cultural Heritage, as well as Anadolu Culture – two initiatives that support different communities in Turkey. Architects, art historians and engineers have come together to review Turkey’s Greek, Armenian and Jewish heritage.
► The Defense Ministry of Nagorno-Karabakh issued a statement on Friday, stating that its advanced units managed to repulse another commando raid attempted by Azerbaijani forces overnight, killing two and wounding several Azerbaijani troops. It said Armenian forces sustained no losses in the engagement.
► The delegation of the CSTO Parliamentary Assembly headed by its President Sergey Naryshkin, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russia has arrived in Armenia for the sitting of the CSTO PA. Upon their arrival in Armenia, members of the delegation, accompanied by Deputy Speaker of the Armenian National Assembly Edward Sharmazanov, visited the Tsitsernakaberd Memorial to pay tribute to the memory of the 1.5 million innocent victims of the Armenian Genocide.
► Armenian athletes won one gold, two silver and one bronze medals at the European Greco-Roman Wrestling Championships in Riga, Latvia. Varsham Baronyan (w/c 71 kg) brought a gold medal to Armenia by beating a Serbian rival in the final bout on Sunday. Earlier, Artur Alexanyan (w/c 98 kg) and Roman Amoyan (w/c 59 kg) won silver medals and Karapet Chalyan (w/c 75 kg) won a bronze. Alexanyan beat his Turkish competitor Cenk Ildem with a score of 6:2 in the semi-finals to reach the gold medal bout. Chalyan won the bronze medal by winning against Azerbaijan’s Elvin Mursaliev 4:1. Overall, Team Armenia finished second at the Championships after Russia.
► President Pavlopoulos of Greece hosted an official dinner in honor of the Armenian President. Taking the floor President Sargsyan said that “Armenians and Greeks are more than friends. They are tied by common history and traditions,” and continued. “As two ancient civilizations, the Armenian and Hellenic people have worked and created side by side, leaving their trace on the pages of world history. They have fought side by side to earn their right to living. As adherents of the same values and morality, they stand side by side today to earn their right to survive and flourish. We continue to build on this legacy to reinforce the Armenian-Greek friendship.”
► ARF Dashnak Party member Ara Nranyan appointed Deputy Chairman of the Control Chamber of Armenia
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Gibrahayer Calender
Wednesday 15-16 March - Official visit of the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan to Cyprus. See top story for more details.
Wednesday 16 March - Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus “Oshagan” Chapter’s Cultural evening at 8.00pm at Homenetmen - AYMA.
Friday 18 March at 7:00 pm - Lecture / presentation dedicated to St. Mary’s Armenian Church (Ganchvor) in Turkish-occupied Famagusta at the “Utidjian” Hall of the Armenian Prelature, by Dr. Michael Walsh of the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
His lecture is entitled “Prayers Long Silent: Protecting St. Mary’s Armenian Church (Ganchvor) in Famagusta” and will be accompanied by a multimedia presentation with pictures and will last 45 minutes.
Saturday 19 March - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter, Easter Tea Party, 4pm at Homenetmen - AYMA
Sunday 20 March - Dzaghgazart.
Sunday 20 March - Lunch at AGBU Nicosia Cyprus Chapter.
Thursday 24 March - Avak Hinkshapti.
Friday 25 March - Avak Ourpat.
Sunday 27 March - Armenian Easter.
Sunday 27 March - Homenetmen Scouts Easter Lunch, 1.00 pm at Homenetmen - AYMA
Saturday 2 April at 7:00 pm - Sourp Asdvadzadzin Senior and Junior Church Choir's Annual Concert at Pallas Theatre, Nicosia. Entrance tickets are now available for sale from the Armenian Prelature offices tel: 22493560 or Vrej Zakarian on 99880709 to buy tickets in advance.
Wednesday 20 April - Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus “Oshagan” Chapter’s Cultural evening at 8.00pm at Homenetmen - AYMA
Sunday 24 April - Armenian Genocide Commemoration in Cyprus.
Sunday 1 May - Greek Easter.
Saturday 7 May - Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus “Oshagan” Chapter’s "SIPAN" Dance Ensemble and "NANOR" Junior Dance Group Annual Dance Performance - at Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia.
Sunday 8 May - Pilgrimage to Magaravank.
Saturday 14 May - Herissa Preparation.
Sunday 15 May 2016 - Herissa Sourp Magar.
Wednesday, 1 June - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter Annual General Meeting.
Friday 03 June - Armenian Church Dinner – details to follow
Saturday 10 June to 10 July - Soccer Euro 2016. Watch every game at Homenetmen AYMA.
Sunday 26 June - Sourp Badarak, 20th anniversary for Aram Vehapar.
May - Commemoration of Armenian Independence - to be announced
July - Khanasor Commemoration in Troodos
August - AYF Cyprus Camp in Troodos
 

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AFTER DEFEATING CENK ILDEM OF TURKEY, ARMENIAN WRESTLER ARTUR ALEKSANYAN REACHES EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

March 12, 2016 – In the semi-final of European Wrestling Championship held in Riga, Latvia Greco-Roman wrestler Arthur Aleksanyan – in the weight category of 98 kg – defeated Turkish wrestler Cenk Ildem 6: 2 reaching the finals of the European Championship.
To win the gold medal, Arthur Aleksanyan – who is the current world champion, will fight against the winner of Orhan Urien of Azerbaijan or Nikita Melnikov of the Russian Federation fight.
In the 59 kg category, Roman Amoyan of Armenia, defeated Ukrainian Dmytro Tsymbalyuk 4: 0 and reached the final of the European Championships and will fight for the gold medal against Mingiyan Semeonov of the Russian Federation.

 
 
 
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