Melkonian School will be closed in June 2005

Azat Artsakh – Repubic of Nagorno Karabakh
March 24, 2004


By the decision of the office of the Armenian General Benevolent Union
the Melkonian school in Cyprus will be closed in June 2005. The basis
for this decision was the belief of the AGBU that this educational
institution failed its essential task to increase the knowledge of the
students and instill moral values in them. The school founded in 1926
had a humanitarian mission in the beginning, sheltering the Armenian
children who had lost their parents during the genocide of the
Armenians. Instead of the school the AGBU plans establishing a
secondary school for the Armenian children of Cyprus, as well as
founding youth complex Melkonian in Armenia to enable the young
representatives of the Armenian Diaspora to visit their historical


Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS