ISRAEL BOOSTS NAVAL PATROLS AS MARITIME RIVALRY
WITH TURKEY IN EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN DEEPENS
The Cyprus Mail - Monday 21 November, 2011 - Israel has gradually boosted naval patrols around its eastern Mediterranean natural gas fields for fear of guerrilla attacks and as maritime rivalry with Turkey deepens, an Israeli official said on Monday. Missile boats have stepped up missions around the Tamar and Leviathan platforms over the past year, as well as coordination with private security firms contracted by the U.S.-Israeli exploration consortium, the official said. The Israeli military's newspaper Bamahane said the navy was undergoing expansion including the appointment of a commodore to handle the induction of two more German-made submarines and address "the new need to protect the drilling rigs". Bamahane did not elaborate, but experts have long voiced concern that Tamar and Leviathan could be targeted by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas given Beirut's complaints at what it deems Israel's unilateral exploration in the absence of an agreed maritime border. The two countries are technically at war.
"One danger is a proximity attack, by frogmen, by boats, by terrorists in some fashion," Giora Eiland, a former Israeli national security adviser, told the Globes business journal in May. "Another, bigger challenge is how to face the threat of missiles, because today you can launch missiles from tens of kilometres away," he said. Israel and Cyprus, which is doing its own drilling for eastern Mediterranean gas in consortium with Texas-based Noble Energy, are also mindful of Turkey's naval assertiveness in the area. NATO-member Turkey, which pledged in September to send in more frigates and torpedo boats, says any natural resources found off Cyprus should be shared with the island's breakaway ethnic-Turkish north, a state recognised solely by Ankara. Turkey's Islamist-rooted government also described the naval reinforcements as a precaution against Israel intercepting pro-Palestinian sympathisers who attempt to sail to blockaded Gaza, as it did in 2010, killing nine Turks. The Israeli official confirmed that the new safeguards around Tamar and Leviathan came in response to the perceived Hezbollah threat, but was more circumspect about the face-off with Turkey, formerly Israel's stalwart Muslim ally. "We are keeping up with all the challenges of operating in the eastern Mediterranean," the official said. Tamar and Leviathan, from which Israel predicts at least $150 billion in gas revenues, are scheduled to begin pumping in 2013 and 2017 respectively. Yam Tethys is currently Israel's only working rig.
ARF DASHNAKTSOUTIUN CALLING PRESIDENT SARKOZY
YEREVAN - Paris office of ARF Dashnaktsoutiun issued a statement calling on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to condemn French Foreign Ministers proposal to set up commission to study the Armenian Genocide issues, Nouvelles d`Arméniereports.
Speaking during last weeks press conference in Turkey, Minister Alain Juppe called the period of the Armenian Genocide hard both for Armenia and for Turkey, expressing readiness of his state to organize and host Armenian-Turkish discussions on the subject.
The statement reads as follows:
ARF Dashanktsutyun learned of the intention expressed by Alain Juppe to set up a commission of Armenian and Turkish historians in France to study the period in the history regarding the Armenian Genocide.
ARFD is indignant at remarks of the French Foreign Minister, which potentially cast doubt on the reality of the Armenian Genocide. These statements are not acceptable on their own. They bear the seeds of a denial policy. Statements by Alain Juppe significantly minimize words of Nicolas Sarkozy, who called on Turkey to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
The French government can not simultaneously call on Turkey to recognize Armenian Genocide and offer a commission of historians which must decide on the reality of the Armenian Genocide.
This is intolerable contradiction by the French authorities, who apparently decided to play a double game of truth and denial. This impression is further reinforced by the fact that when Nicolas Sarkozy was in Armenia, Claude Gueant was hastily dispatched to Turkey.
We can not bear this duplicity and ask Sarkozy to express open disapproval of the position of Alain Juppe, contrary to Presidents statements made in Yerevan. The Armenian community is irritated and looks forward to decisive action by the President of the Republic. Inclusion of the bill criminalizing denial of Armenian Genocide to the Senates agenda is urgent. Nicolas Sarkozy promised it in Yerevan, let him keep his promise!
Art Exhibition 2011
HAMAZKAYIN'S LITERARY EVENING
DEDICATED TO TANIEL VAROUJAN
Press release: The Armenian Cultural and Educational Society of Cyprus Hamazkayin "Oshagan" chapter Nicosia 17 November - On Wednesday 16 November, the "Oshagan" chapter of Hamazkayin-Cyprus, organised the first of a series of Literary Evenings the first of which was dedicated to Taniel Varoujan.
The biography of the poet was presented by Artsakank Armenian-language magazine's Chief Editor Arto Tavitian. Members and guests took part by reading selected pieces of the work of the poet who was killed on April 24 1915 along with a large number of intellectuals, as part of the Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire against he Armenian people.
The evening ended in a convivial atmosphere over cheese and wine to the greatest joy of all present.
The Committee would like to thank Arto Tavitian and all those who took part in the success of the event. The second evening will take place in December and details will be announced soon.
HAMAZKAYIN CYPRUS CALENDAR IS OUT !
Our calendar is out, which celebrates the milestones of Armenian artists and intellectuals. You can pick up your copy for 10 euros from AYMA or by contacting any of our committee members. Armenian Cultural & Educational Society of Cyprus HAMAZKAYIN "Oshagan" chapter
News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu had a meeting with his French counterpart Alain Juppe in Ankara. The diplomats had a joint news conference, where they presented the agenda they've focused on, including issues related to Syria, Turkey's EU membership and the Armenian Genocide. Referring to Turkey's membership to the EU, the French diplomat said Ankara hadn't carried out all those terms matching with the EU family needs. As for the Armenian Genocide, Mr. Juppe said: "The states must be faithful to their debts with the past.' Davutoglu answered to his French counterpart: `We're committed to carry out the history, but we're against drafts of law which make us naked. For instance, the French Senate has that kind of draft of law."
A 23-minute report revealing corruption and dictatorship reigning in Azerbaijan as a main hindrance on the way to country's development, was broadcast on France's Arte TV channel. As a representative of Azeri opposition told Arte TV, he was forced to leave the country because of government-initiated repressions. On November 9, the Bundestag Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid passed a resolution urging Azerbaijan to observe the principles of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The Committee called on PACE to exert pressure on Azerbaijani government over its hampering the activity of PACE rapporteur on human rights Christoph Strasser. As a member of the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan must fulfill its obligations, the Committee said.
Chairman of the Turkish Grand National Assembly (parliament) has said his country is ready to face its own history and discuss the "1915 events". Speaking at the Parliament Cemil Cicek said that Turkey has opened its archives and is ready to discuss whatever results historians may come up with over the Armenian Genocide. "We are ready to face our history over the 1915 events. We have opened our archives and are ready to discuss the works of historians," he was quoted by Turkish media as saying. "I am sure that instead of making judgments based on wrong information, it would be better to discuss the realities presented by our scientists," he added.
A prosecutor overseeing an investigation into claims of negligence by public officials in protecting Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink, who was shot dead in 2007, has decided to prosecute 30 high-level public officials, including Istanbul's former governor and police chief, on charges of "aiding and abetting murder" instead of negligence, reports Today's Zaman.
Armenia, one of the world players in chess, has made it mandatory in school for ages seven to nine. Chess is a national obsession in the country of three million. The passion was fostered in modern times by the exploits of chess champion Tigran Petrosian, who won the world championship in 1963 and then successfully defended his title three years later. Armenian authorities say teaching chess in school is about building character, not breeding chess champs. The Education Minister says taking the pastime into classrooms will help nurture a sense of responsibility and organization among schoolchildren, as well as serving as an example to the rest of the world. Half a million dollars were allocated to the national chess academy to draw up a course, create textbooks, train instructors and buy equipment. Another $1 million went toward buying furniture for chess classrooms.
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Friday 25 November at 8:00 pm - Armenian Art Exhibition 2011 - Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature.
Friday 25th November 7:00 pm - Revealed through Linguistic Fossils. Lecture by Professor Hovhanness I. Pilikian in Room G15 (Ground floor) Birkbeck Libray Building, the University of London - Torrington Square, WC1 7HX. Between Malet St & Russell Squ. Next to SOAS, organised by the Birkbeck Open Discussion Society. Everyone welcome.
Saturday 26 November at 6:30 pm - Armenian Evangelical Church service in Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstonos street, Nicosia. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian. Sermon Title: TEBI EMMAUS- JESHMARDOUTIOUNEROU HANTIBOUME.
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.
Wednesday 30 November at 7:00 - Hay Tad Movie Night at The Larnaca Armenian Club. "The Lark Farm". Followed by pizza.
Thursday 1 December at 7:30 pm - 30th anniversary choir concert of Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church, conducted by Nara Sarderian, under the auspices and presence of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia.
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 4 March 2012 - Kravadz Or.
Sunday 11 March 2012 - Kravadz Or - Office of the Armenian Representative.
Saturday 31 March 2012 - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter's Easter Fund-Raiser. Details to follow.
Saturday 5 May 2012 - Kravadz or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
STASSIKRATOUS STREET BAZAAR ON SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER
The Armenian Relief Society's Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter is participating in the Stassikratous Street Bazaar, on Sunday 4 December, 2011 to raise funds for its humanitarian projects in Armenia, Artsakh and Cyprus.
Also participating in the annual event are Cypriot benevolent organisations.
Members of Sosse Chapter have already began preparations to make this event a success and appeal to all members of our community as well as our Cypriot compatriots to participate in the Stassikratous event and support their effort in collecting funds for the needy.
Letters to the Editor
Last Sunday was the 30th anniversary of the Sourp Asdvadzadzin church. Given the "precedent" set two years ago with the invitation of Cypriot and foreign political and ecclesiastical dignitaries for the church's name day, just like the Maronites do every year - with big success -, I was expecting something similar this year, casting some projection onto the existence of this church and the community in general.
Instead, it was a day like three or four years ago: even though the church was nicely decorated and the choir was much improved and a Hayr Sourp came from Antelias, it was a Badarak amongst Armenians, "claustrophobic", without exploiting this opportunity for openings to the wider Cypriot society and its other communities... As I said, the Maronites celebrate St. Maron's Day with much pomp and with much projection to their community for some time now. That is because their Church leadership is well-equipped and turns these chances to its advantage.
Why isn't the Armenian church leadership also turning this into the advantage of the community? In my opinion, the future of this community is entangled with the rest of Cyprus' future: the gibrahay kaghout needs to embrace and be embraced by the wider Cyprus' communities, while at the same time developing links with the rest of the Armenian Diaspora (not Armenia - they are somewhat a different brand). For as long as the church leadership of this community remains contend with this "claustrophobic" complex, so long will the community remain hidden and obscure to the rest of the Cypriots, despite the best of efforts made by our Representative and, in some cases, some of the Armenian-Cypriot clubs and associations.
This is not to criticise and cast blame, but only to give ideas and food for thought, for a better future. Thank you. Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra
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JUDO: Armenias Artyom Baghdasaryan lost to Krisztian Toth (Hungary) to win silver in weight category under 81 at European U23 Judo Championships Final.On his way to the final Baghdasaryan gained three victories against Alexander Grigorev (Russia), Krizsan Szabolcs (Hungary) and Yannick Gutsche(Germany). Artyom Baghdasaryan was the only Armenian to secure a medal at the Championships.
TENNIS: Argentinas tennis team captain Modesto Vasquez invited David Nalbandian, Juan Martin del Potro, Juan Monako, Juan Ignacio Chela and Eduardo Schwank to play in Davis Cup Final that will be held in Seville on December 2-4, with Argentina rivaling Spain.
FOOTBALL: Russias CSKA (Central Sports Club of Army) is looking for a substitute for Wagner Love, who is leaving the club in winter. According to sportbox.ru, the club management shows interest in Armenia and Krasnodar forward Yura Movsisyan. In compliance with its selective policy, the club purchases players no older than 25 and whose price doesnt exceed USD 8 million. The preliminary price for Movsisyan is estimated at about USD 5 million. During the current season, Movsisyan played 24 matches as part of Krasnodar, with 7 scored goals and 3 assists. In EURO 2012 qualifiers he scored 4 goals and made 6 assists.
CHESS: Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian defeated Ukraines Vassily Ivanchuk in the 3rd round of Ral Memorial to top the tournament standings with 2 points along with Ian Nepomniatchi (Russia), Magnus Carlsen (Norway) and Sergei Karjakin (Russia). In the next round, Aronian will face Viswanathan Anand (India), who is currently 5th with 1.5 points.
SAMBO: Armenia secured 7 medals at Riga-hosted World Youth and Junior Sambo Championships. Tigran Kirakosyan (52kg) and 2011 world champion Grigor Mkhitaryan (48kg) won silver and gold respectively. Maxim Manukyan (48kg), Karen Tonoyan (62kg), Mher Karapetyan (82 kg) and Rosa Khachatryan (52 kg) won bronze medals in the youth tournament.
BOXING: Former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is planning his comeback middleweight clash on January 14, 2012 in Germany.
GUINNESS RECORDS: Yerevan State Linguistic University gymnastics instructor David Fahradyan set his third Guinness record at No 15 Hrant Shaninyan Sport School, performing 670 consecutive gymnastic high bar giants in 19 min 20 sec. David Fahradyan is the only Armenian sportsman to have been granted Guinness World Records certificate three times, first for performing the most consecutive gymnastic high bar giants (350) in 10 minutes, July 2009 and the second for performing 76 left hand giants on Nov.13, 2010.
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
Former Cyprus Davis cup star Haig Ashdjian won his fourth International tournament of 2011 this time in Romania, which took place at the Budapest Tennis Academy. In the final that lasted more than three hours, he defeated Andras Pinter 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
AGBU Ararat defeated AEL Limassol 3-1 in the Cyprus Futsal 1st Division.
Homenmen suffered yet another heavy defeat with a 5-14 score, against Elpida Astromeriti in the Cyprus Futsal 3rd Division.
Homenetmen AYMA Bowling team scored their sixth consecutive win in the 3rd Division of the Cyprus Bowling Championships by defeating Grothies 4-0.
AYMA BOWLING TEAM MAKE A GRAND ENTRY
Homenetmen AYMA press release - A.Y.M.A. formed an all Armenian Bowling team this year to make its presence in the bowling world of Cyprus. Four members had previously competed in the league giving the rest AYMA teammates excellent advice & tips from past experiences.
Starting from the 3rd division of the Cyprus Bowling League, AYMA has currently stunned all opponents so far, being on top of the league table with a 6 point difference for its predecessor.
With 10 games still remaining for the current season, AYMAs outlook seems promising since the Armenian team has comfortably won its main rivals for the title.
The team consists of 7 members starting with the Captain Vartan Gostanian, Haig Gostanian, Petros Gostanian, Shant Shekerdemian, Mike Gostanian, Jerry Sarkisian & Yervant Bohdjalian.
Team Captain Vartan Gostanian and member Petros Gostanian are currently standing top 3 in the Highest Average of the 3rd division with 185 and 182 respectively.
Games take place every Monday at 7.45pm at Engomi bowling center and all supporters are welcome to come, watch and cheer our team on.
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