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  • Bulgaria's Parliament did not support the fifth consecutive attempt on behalf of the far-right Ataka (Attack) party to pass a declaration recognizing the Ottoman Empire's Genocide against Armenians (1915-1922). On Wednesday, Ataka leader Volen Siderov pointed out that it was completely normal for "a patriotic party like his" to support the recognition of the Armenian Genocide. Lyutvi Mestan, a key MP from the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms party, opposed Ataka's suggestion, stating that the Parliament was not an institution that should determine historical truths as the highest instance.
  • The Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) urged all French people upholding principles of democracy and humanity to join a peaceful rally on January 23 to support the bill penalizing Armenian Genocide denial.
  • Friends of Hrant Dink, the assassinated Editor-in-Chief of the Turkish-Armenian weekly Agos, will hold a march to the Agos editorial office on January 19 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his death. In a statement, the group called for a fair punishment of those who plotted and committed Dink's murder.
  • During the discussions over the Armenian Genocide at the Israeli Knesset, Parliamentarians wanted to address a message to Turkey with their speeches. "Do not give us lessons of morality," Israel's former Defence Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer stated in an interview given to APA, referring to the possible developments of the Israeli-Turkish and Israeli-Azerbaijani relations in case of recognition of the Armenian Genocide. "The topic of the Armenian Genocide only concerns the relations of Israel with Turkey, as Israel is not very satisfied with the policy assumed by the current authorities of Turkey," Ben-Eliezer said, pointing out that Azerbaijan has no connection with the discussion of the Armenian Genocide issue in Israel.
  • Turkish publisher and human rights activist Ragip Zarakolu has called upon his country's Parliament to recognize the Armenian Genocide. Jailed in October amid the anti-Kurdish operations in Turkey, the activist has asked his lawyer to submit to the Grand National Assembly a petition to acknowledge the Genocide ahead of its 100th anniversary. "It's more than clear," he said. "The Republic of Turkey is the successor of the Ottoman Empire. It is necessary to apologize for the 1915 Genocide, and the subsequent policies of deportation and assimilation. From the moral standpoint, it is the duty of Turkey's, not other countries' Parliaments not to make such apologies. " he said, noting that 2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the tragic events.
  • removed a segment of a feature that recommended traveling to Nagorno-Karabakh as one the "Great Offbeat Places to Go in 2012." In a travel segment posted on Sunday on entitled "7 Great Offbeat Places to Go in 2012" ranked Nagorno-Karabakh as one of the places to visit during the year. On Tuesday afternoon, however, the piece was re-titled "6 Great Offbeat Places to Go in 2012" and the section on Nagorno-Karabakh was extracted from the original.
  • Associate Professor Taner Akcam, the Robert Aram, Marianne Kaloosdian and Stephen and Marion Mugar Chair in Armenian Genocide Studies, was interviewed by the BBC's Zeinab Badawi regarding a French bill that would criminalize denial of the Armenian Genocide. The interview aired live during the World News Today program. Watch it here -
  • Members of the Armenian National Committee of Cyprus started a week-long series of meetings with European members of Parliament who are spending their holidays in Cyprus. During the last few days, they met with Kyriakos Triantafyllides (AKEL communist party) and Ioannis Kassoulides (right-wing Democratic Rally). Details of the meetings will be announced soon.
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From left to right: Garen Kouyoumdjian, Kyriacos Triantafyllides, Varteni Kassabian and Jaco Karoghlanian.


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Community calendar at a glance:

    Saturday 21 January 2012 - Homenetmen AYMA presents "Taline & Friends". Details to follow.
  • Friday 27 January 2012 - "Beast on the Moon" theatre (in Greek) at Rialto Theatre in Limassol. You can receive your tickets from the Office of The Armenian Representative at 15 euros by calling 22-454540.

  • Saturday 11 February 2012 - Kravadz Or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
  • Sunday 4 March 2012 - Michink event of The Armenian Relief Society Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen - AYMA.
  • 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.
  • Saturday 12 May 2012 - Kravadz Or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
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“So They Set Out” - Christmas message from Hrayr Jebejian

“One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, Let us go across to the other side of the lake. So they set out” Luke 8:22.

Jesus asks his disciples to take the boat to “go across to the other side of the lake”. They set out. As they reach the middle of the lake, they are caught in a terrible storm and the disciples are terrified. “Master, we are perishing,” they cry. Jesus calms the storm and says to his disciples, “Where is your faith?”
The shepherds are also “filled with fear” when “the angel of the Lord appeared to them”. The angel calms them down and says “Fear not”. The shepherds then decide to “go over to Bethlehem” in search of the “Star”.
The three wise men, too, are “caught” by Herod as they are on their way to search for the “Star”. Their inquiry “troubled” Herod and “all Jerusalem with him”. Nevertheless, they “went on their way” until they reach the place where the “child was”.
Similarly, we all face many challenges as we “set out” to live our daily lives. The Middle East is in the midst of great storms, uncertainties, and fear. The whole world is plagued with unprecedented economic, social and political unrest. How do we tackle these challenges? Where and how can we find peace?
In the Scriptures! The latter puts it explicitly: Peace is the natural consequence of faith. Faith will calm our anxieties. It will remove fear from our hearts. It will provide tranquility in times of uncertainty. What is really important though is to follow the Star that will take us to the place where the child is. It is the place where the Word became flesh and dwelt in us, Emmanuel.
The Armenian nation has been through many trials and trying experiences; however, our ancestors did not lose their Faith when they were forced to “set out” on their journey into the unknown. They maintained their Faith at the cost of martyrdom, having the assurance of the Resurrection. They followed the Star, the Christmas, the start of a life which culminated in Easter, the Resurrection.
Kristos dzenav yev haydnetsav. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all.


Larnaca Sourp Stepanos Madagh

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The community has recently increased its number of monuments. Mihran and Jacqueline Boyadjian have recently donated a brown Ani tuff stone khachkar to the Larnaca Armenian church. The khachkar, carved in the Sisian region of Armenia and placed in the courtyard of Sourp Stepanos' church, was blessed by Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian on 25 December 2011, after the Madaghorhnek. As the inscription on the base of the khachkar reads, it is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Adana massacre and the myriads of Armenian martyrs.
On the occasion of Sourp Asdvadzadzin's 30th anniversary, Sirvart Kouyoumdjian was kind enough to make a donation to the faithful - a commemorative glass with the picture of the church. The glasses were distributed after the Badarak on the 6th of January 2012.
Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian will return on January 19

- AGBU Ararat suffered a humiliating 10-0 defeat to arch rivals Omonia in the Cyprus Futsal Premier League. The defeat puts Ararat in 3rd place on the league table trailing 11 points behind leaders Omonia, while AGBU Ararat announced the departure of head coach Athos Stilanos and the Ararat Central Committee has appointed Sergio Nazaretian as a replacement.
- Homenmen suffered a 2-5 defeat against ESP Episkopis Panayiotis Toumazou in the Cyprus Futsal 3rd Division. The defeat keeps Homenmen second to last in the league table with 8 points above Thoy Anagias.
- AGBU Ararat U-21's suffered a 1-5 defeat against Omonia U-21. The defeat puts Ararat U-21 ranked 5th trailing 5 points behind league leaders Omonia U-21.
- AGBU Ararat U-17 's registered an 8-2 win against City Futsal U-17.
- HMEM/AYMA's Bowling team defeated Markos Drakos 3-1 to claim the Winter Champions title of the Cyprus Bowling Federation 3 Division.


A.Y.M.A. formed an all Armenian Bowling team to compete in the 3rd division of the Cyprus Bowling League. AYMA is currently standing at the top of the league with 2 points difference.
With 16 games already played in the current season, AYMA’s 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, Chant 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 188 and 182 respectively.
The team has also achieved the 2nd highest team scratch with 981 pins.
The games take place every Monday at 7.45pm at Engomi bowling center, any supporters are welcome to come and watch.
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Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian will return on January 19
  • BOXING: Armenian boxer Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27KOs) stopped Argentinean Pablo Farias (19-2, 11KOs) in the fifth round to capture the vacant WBO European super middleweight title.
  • FOOTBALL: Armenian forward Marcos Pizzelli, who played for Ukraine’s Metallurg in 2011, has signed a 3-year contact with Russia’s Kuban FC.
  • FOOTBALL: Armenian national team central fullback Hrayr Mkoyan has joined PFC Spartak Nalchik.
  • BOXING: Armenian boxer Vic Darchinyan, currently 0-2 in bantamweight world title bouts, will try to reverse his 118-pound fortunes in a third crack at a world title. Darchinyan, who turned 36 last week, will challenge Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka in Tokyo on April 1 2012.
  • TENNIS: Former world number three, Argentina’s David Nalbandian defeated Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday January 16.
  • FOOTBALL: Armenia is ranked 95th in the list of worlds strongest national football leagues 2011 presented by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics IFFHS). Armenia surpasses Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkmenistan, Wales and another 23 countries.
  • GYMNASTICS: Europe’s 2010 youth champion Arthur Davtyan has qualified for 2012 Summer Olympic Games after coming 12th in London-hosted Olympic gymnastics test event. Scoring 84,2 points, the 19-year old champion gained the right to participate in the upcoming Olympics.
  • CHESS: Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian defeated Hikaru Nakamura of the United States in round 2 of the 74th Tata Steel Chess Tournament held January 13–29, 2012 in Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands. Currently, Aronian tops the standings with 2 points.

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