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October 18, 2013 - EAFJD Office - Armenians from all over Europe were gathered in Brussels, Belgium for the 3rd European Armenian Convention, convened on October 14-15 and organized by the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD).
On October 14, the Convention took place at the Armenian Cultural Center where EAFJD President, Kaspar Karampetian delivered the opening remarks.
Mountainous Karabakh Republic President, Bako Sahakyan, Armenian Parliament’s Speaker, Hovik Abrahamyan, ARF-D Bureau member and Armenian National Committees coordinator, Hagop Der Khachadourian, Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II representative and Primate of the Armenian Apostolic Church in France, Archbishop Norv
an Zakarian and Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia, Aram I addressed the Convention.
Following the speeches, an award-presenting ceremony took place. EAFJD staff members and partners awarded Raffi Arslanian, Kapriel Chemberji, Punik Foundation, Nerses Ohanian, Souren Ohanian, Braian Fera, Andre Gumushjian and Alecco Bezikian for their vital financial contribution to the EAFJD.
The first day the topics of the agenda were discussed in three panels. The first one concerned the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide with the Director of the Institute for Diaspora and Genocide Studies of Bochum’s Ruhr University, Prof. Dr. Mihran Dabag, and the Director of the ARF-D International Secretariat, the ANC Office in France, Hratch Varjabedian and the Secretary General of the European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), Michael Kambeck. In the third panel, the Chairman of the Executive Committee of Greece, Ara Mangoyan and Chief-editor of “Orer” magazine (Czekh) Hakob Asatryan presented the Western and the Eastern European Armenian communities. Both panels were moderated by EAFJD Communication Officer, Bedo Kurkjian-Demirjian.
The coordinator of Armenian NGOs in Samtskhe-Javakheti (Georgia), Artak Gabrielyan spoke about the problems that the Armenians of the region face. The discussion concluded that it would be appropriate to hold a special conference in the near future, dedicated to this issue.
The President of the Forum of Armenian Associations of Europe (Slovakia), Ashot Grigoryan presented the Forum’s work within the UN about Armenian monuments and Van civic organization (Russia) President, Gagik Melikyan presented his book “Armenian Genocide by Ottoman Turkey, 1915. Testimony of Survivors, collection of documents”.
At the end of the first day, EAFJD President, Kaspar Karampetian read a letter by the Emergency Relief and Recovery Body of Syrian Armenians addressed to the Convention. The letter concerned the difficulties that the Syrian Armenian community faces and called the European Armenian communities to assist financially. Karampetian gave a summary of the EAFJD work that aimed both at collecting funds and at providing safety to the Syrian Armenians.
The second day, the sessions convened in the European Parliament. After a welcoming speech by EAFJD President, Kaspar Karampetian the floor was given consecutively to Joseph Daul, President of the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament which hosted the Convention, Dr. Eleni Theocharous, President of the EU-Armenia Friendship Group in the European Parliament, Bako Sahakyan, President of the Mountainous Karabakh Republic spoke for the first time from the European Parliament’s floor about his country in what is considered a historical moment, Hovik Abrahamyan, Speaker of the Armenian Parliament, Hagop Der Khachadourian, ARF-D Bureau member and Armenian National Committees’ Coordinator and to Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia who elaborated on the return of the Armenian church properties from Turkey.
The first panel touched the subject of the Armenian Genocide and International Law. Professors Yair Auron (Israel), Theofanis Malkidis (Greece), Vladimir Vardanyan (Armenia), Henry Theriault (USA) as well as legal expert Kirsten Meersschaert Duchens (Netherlands) expressed their views on the Armenian Genocide and the issue of reparations. Moderating this panel were Frank Engel (Luxembourg), MEP and Vice President of the EU-Armenia Friendship Group in the European Parliament and Hagop Der Khachadourian.
The next discussion was about the New Perspectives in the South Caucasus with guest speakers Andrey Kovatchev (MEP, Bulgaria), Vice Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Knut Fleckenstein (MEP, Germany), Vice co-Chair of the Committee on Political Affairs, Human Rights and Democracy of the Euronest PA, Dr. Ioannis Charalambides (Cyprus), President of Ledra College, Geoffrey Robertson QC (UK), member of the United Nations internal Justice Council, Bernard Fassier (France), ex. co-Chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, Vahan Hovhannesyan, Vice Chair and Bureau member of Euronest PA). Giro Manoyan, ARF-D International Secretariat Director was the moderator of this panel.
On the same day, at the initiative of EAFJD, the President of the EU-Armenia Friendship Group in the European Parliament, Dr. Eleni Theocharous scheduled a meeting between the Mountainous Karabakh Republic delegation, headed by its President, Bako Sahakyan and comprised of Vice Prime Minister, Artur Aghabegyan, Foreign Affairs Minister, Karen Mirzoyan and Press secretary of the President, Davit Babayan, and MEPs from various political factions and member-countries.
During these two days MEPs, politicians and experts as well as representatives of European Armenian communities and organizations discussed about the various aspects of Armenia’s integration in Europe, the progress of the Mountainous Karabakh Republic, the problems and the capacities of the European Armenian communities, the reparations of the Armenian Genocide and the drawing of a new policy to pursue the rights of the Armenians.
EAFJD President Kaspar Karampetian stated, “We consider the 3rd European Armenian Convention to be of historical significance in the sense that for the first time religious and civic-political representatives from Armenia, Artsakh (Mountainous Karabakh) and the Diaspora gathered in Brussels and particularly in the European Parliament to unanimously voice their determination to work for the benefit of the development of Armenia, the recognition of Artsakh and the survival of the Diaspora”.
Gibrahayer e-magazine Editorial by Simon Aynedjian
Zaruhi Postanjyan is dangerous and should be stopped. Her last month’s performance at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary session was a sample of how far people in politics can go to promote their agenda irrespective of consequences.
Just like the countless wrong-doings of representatives of the Armenian government on multiple levels, Zaruhi ‘s public confrontation under the watchful eyes of cameras, friends and foes with President Serzh Sargsyan was untimely, tactless and politically incorrect.
In a session where the enemies of Armenia were throwing a barrage of unfounded accusation - not against Sargsyan ‘s administration but on the policies of the Republic of Armenia - Zaruhi decided to join the bandwagon in undermining Sargsyan – in effect undermining Armenia.
After calling Sargsyan a “criminal administration” who came to power through vote rigging, she accused him also for being a chronic gambler who had recently lost 70 million euros in a casino of an unnamed European city.
Being the lawyer that Postanjyan is, one would expect that even if these accusations were true, she would at least present some shred of evidence along the way. But in the multiple interviews that followed, she simple said. “It is public knowledge, everybody knows it”

I do not think that international forums should be used to bring the level of political culture to this pitfall.
On her return she was greeted as a hero by her loved ones.
In the media, she gloated that she had done the right thing.
Heritage’s top man Raffi Hovhannessian who led the recent Parev ”revolution” gave cover to her 100%.
On social networks such as Facebook, her supporters showed no remorse and drummed victory.
On Heritage’s Official Facebook Page, they went as far as banning people who criticised Postanjyan.
Is this the freedom of speech, democracy and human rights that the Parev Revolution professes to bring?
Is this political transplant we are hoping to achieve from the Armenian opposition?
Shame !

Political forces are often judged in moments like this and in the conscience of the Armenian people Zaruhi Postanjyan, her supporters and their leader have been judged and found guilty.
The incident in Strasburg unmasked how far a political movement would go and not stop even if it means undermining Armenian statehood and jeopardising the national interests of our people.

Armenians everywhere, who raised their voices and stopped the Protocols and were heard, should exercise the same moral fibre and stop the likes of Zaruhi Postanjyan, before they commit, their next political crime.
GREEK MINISTER VISITS ARMENIA - At the invitation of Armenian Minister of Defense Seyran Ohanyan, a delegation, led by Greek Minister of National Defence Dimitris Avramopoulos, arrived in Armenia Monday on a two-day official visit.
The two Defense Ministers held a private conversation, which was followed by extended talks.
They discussed Armenian-Greek military cooperation as well as regional and international security. The parties greatly appreciated the high level of collaboration between the defense ministries of Armenia and Greece.
Subsequently, the Greek delegation paid a visit to the Armenian Genocide Memorial, laid a wreath to the monument to the genocide victims, and also toured the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute.
P1040502 1 1024x768 ARF Attends Washington Kurdish Conference
WASHINGTON - Kurdish political leaders from Turkey, Syria, Iran, and Iraq were joined on Oct. 28 by a broad cross-section of the Washington, D.C. foreign policy community at an all-day conference on the “The Kurdish Role in the New Middle East.”
The Armenian delegation with some of the organizers and panelists at the BDP conference in Washington.
The conference, the first ever organized in Washington by the U.S. Office of the Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), the leading pro-Kurdish political party in Turkey, was held before a capacity crowd in the National Press Club. An Armenian delegation headed by ARF Bureau member Hagop Der Khatchadourian attended the conference and also held consultations regarding prospects for increased cooperation with several political leaders and other key Kurdish stakeholders.
“We welcome this inaugural BDP conference in Washington, D.C., and the opportunity it afforded for meaningful dialogue about Armenian Kurdish cooperation, Western Armenia, and Kurdistan, and, more broadly, the realization of the national and democratic aspirations of the Armenian and Kurdish nations,” said Der Khatchadourian.
The program covered four panels, and featured a robust exchange of views from a broad array of Kurdish viewpoints. The topics covered were “The Kurds in a Changing Middle East,” “The Kurds of Syria and their Vision for the Future,” “The Imrali Peace Process: Can Turkish-Kurdish Relations be Re-Made?” and “The U.S., Turkey, and the Kurds: Towards a New Vision.” Among those participating were the co-chairman of the BDP, Selahattin Demirtas; Nazmi Gur, a prominent BDP parliamentarian; Karwan Zebari, representing the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq office in Washington, D.C.; former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey James Jeffrey; and prominent journalists Cengiz Candar and Amberin Zaman from Turkey.
Sunday 24 June 1952 - Are the Turks still holding a grudge?

On Sunday 24 June 1952 Armenian Cypriot football team AYMA defeated Turkish Cypriot Champions Cetingaya 6-2 in a championship match in the Cyprus League, that shattered their hopes for winning the Cypriot Championship.
Do you think the Turks are still holding a grudge?
Do you think the reason the Turkish army bombed the hell out of AYMA is related to football ?

October 31, 2013 - Robert Fisk - The Turks are preparing to smother the 100th anniversary of their Holocaust against the Christian Armenians of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 with commemorations of their victory over the Allies at Canakkale (Gallipoli) the same year. But each month brings yet further proof in the testimony of Westerners – of what Turkey still officially denies: that the genocide of the Armenians was a fact of history.
Now come the memoirs of Alec Glen, a British army doctor of the 1914-18 war – written privately for his sons, but published by his family – which record the further agony of the
Entitled In the Front Line: A Doctor in War and Peace, Dr. Glen’s account includes the fate of the Armenians of Caucasia as the Turks tried to spread their pan-Turkic rule to the east in 1918 – after the original massacre of one-and-ahalf million Armenians three years earlier. Marching through north-western Iran towards Baku, Dr Glen writes of how his British-Indian force began to pass several thousand Armenian refugees in a day.
“It was an amazing and tragic sight … now and then we passed at a roadside a dying person, or one already dead and half-eaten by dogs and jackals… we lifted some of the younger ones who might recover on to the mules and carried them forward to the next village.
“Salisbury Craig [a fellow British doctor] told me later that he attended an old refugee in the
road who, before he died, gave him a leather belt full of sovereigns, which he asked him to
spend to help the refugees.”
Greater love hath no man…
Massis Post - Glendale attorney Vartkes Yeghiayan was recently bestowed with a unique papal medal (cavaleri) by the hand of Archbishop Raphael Minassian at the Armenian diocese in Yerevan. The medal had been awarded by the retired and venerable Pope Benedict XVI in recognition for Yeghiayan’s work and endeavors to secure compensation for Armenian Genocide heirs.
Vartkes Yeghiayan is an Armenian-American attorney specializing in international law. Yeghiayan is known for launching several lawsuits against insurance companies for insurance policies issued to Armenians in the early twentieth century during the time of the Armenian Genocide.
After gathering evidence and finding several descendants of the victims of the Genocide, in 1999 he filed a class action lawsuit against New York Life in a case which lasted for four years. In January 2004, New York Life agreed to settle by paying $20 million to the plaintiffs. Since then Yeghiayan, along with colleagues Mark Geragos and Brian Kabateck, have filed suits against other insurance companies, including AXA, which agreed to settle in 2005 by paying $17.5 million.
The Commandos of the Cyprus Army marching in the parade to celebrate Cyprus Independence Day.
We recognise the young man in the picture and salute you Kevork Zartarian.
Gibrahayer Calendar

- Sunday 3 November at 1:00 pm - Fund-raising Autumn Luncheon organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Sosse Chapter at Homemetmen AYMA. Details to follow.
Wednesday 6 November at 7:00 pm - The Armenian Club of Larnaca invites you to a Lecture Armenian monuments in Cyprus by Alexander Michael Hadjilyra at the Armenian school Larnaca.
- Saturday 9 November at 7:00 pm - Armenian MP's Vartkes Mahdessian's Office is organising a Cultural evening with the participation of singers from Armenia as well as Hamazkayin's SIPAN Dance Ensemble. (see leaflet below). Tickets 10 euros which you can acquire by calling 22454540.
- Monday, 02 December at 7:00 pm – "Multicultural Cyprus: the Armenian community" organised by the UNESCO chair of the University of Nicosia at CINE Studio. Program includes video screening and a Dance performance by Hamazkayin Sipan Dance Ensemble.
- Saturday 16 November 2013 - Family gathering organised by the Ladies Guild of Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church. Cultural program by soprano Varsenik Avanyan. Key note speaker Sebouh Tavitian Proceeds € 10.00 towards the Hayastan All Armenian Fund.
- Wednesday 27 November at 7:30 pm - 25th anniversary of HOM Sosse Chapter at the Presidential Palace Hall with a rich cultural program, under the Patronage of the First Lady Andri Anastassiades.
- Sunday 8 December - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus Sosse Chapter's Christmas Bazaar. Details to follow.
- Saturday 4 January 2014 at 9:00 pm - Christmas Ball organised by Homenetmen AYMA. Details to follow.

- Saturday 05 April, 2014 -
Sourp Asdvadzadzin Armenian Church choir concert in memory of Choir conductors Vahan Bedelian and Hayrabed Torossian. Details to follow.

9 November - Strovolos Municipal Theatre
27 November at the Presidential Palace
2 December University of Nicosia
Yegeghetsin Haygagan by Vahan Tekeyan - Music: Vahan Bedelian
RIDDLE OF THE WEEK: Does anyone know what flag has replaced the cross on The Martyrs Armenian Church in al-Raqqa, Syria ?
Three of Tennis Zone's top players were involved in the finals of the Famagusta Open Tennis Championships that were concluded in Limassol last week, with Christos Kyrillou winning the boys singles under 16 against George Christodoulou with Edmond Aynedjian losing to Kyrillou in an earlier round.
Christodoulou and Aynedjian were also finalists in the under 16 doubles.
All three are now preparing for their first professional tournament on the men's tour. A series of three Future tournaments attracting players as high as 300 in the world will take place in three separate venues in Cyprus, at the Field Club, the National Centre and Herodotou Club.
Good luck to all participants from Cyprus.
ODTÜ campus in Ankara, the site of a controversial construction project that will cut down 3000 trees will be used to build a new business project has been the site of many protests recently.
Last week, Ankara municipality took advantage of a religious holiday and illegally entered the campus escorted by police at 10pm to resume construction. News spread over twitter, students gathered to protest and were tear-gassed. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čan on Tuesday said the students opposing the felling of trees were acting like thugs.


The Doubles tournament that took place on Sunday 20 October, coincided with the
RadioMarathon. Games stopped at 11:00 am and everyone gathered around Shant Der Bedrossian who was our guest of honour and took centre stage exhibiting his steady ground-stroke skills.
Hope to see you on court again Shant ... real soon!
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