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APPEAL BY ARCHBISHOP VAROUJAN & ARMENIAN MP VARTKES MAHDESSIAN
On Monday July 24, 2006, Archbishop of Armenians in Cyprus Varoujan and
Armenian representative in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian had a meeting
with the Ambassador of Lebanon Michelle El Khoury, to whom they expressed
the solidarity of the Armenian community of Cyprus towards the people of
Lebanon. They also expressed their readiness to assist in every way to thedispatch
of humanitarian aid to the refugees in the areas of conflict.
Ambassador El Khoury briefed the leadership of the Armenian community of
Cyprus about the current situation in Lebanon, and presented to Archbishop
Varoujan and representative Mahdessian with a priority list of needs that are
urgently necessary to assist the relief effort for Lebanon.
The Armenian community of Cyprus calls all its members and friends, so that
they actively participate in the collection of humanitarian aid towards the
refugees of Lebanon, who did not hesitate to help and assist the Armenian
people when they sought shelter in Lebanon as a result of the Armenian genocide
The financial or humanitarian assistance (**) can be delivered to the
Armenian Prelature of Nicosia (22493560), while our compatriots in Larnacaand
Limassol may contact 99465818.
We warmly urge you, that the offered items are not used. Finally, we pray
for the innocent souls that are perishing and hope that God Almighty may bring
peace to the world and love and understanding between people.
Office of the Armenian representative in the Cyprus Parliament
Secretariat of the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus
Nicosia, 24th July 2006
ARF DASHNAKTSOUTIUN OF LEBANON
ESTABLISH TASK FORCE FOR BEIRUT
BEIRUT (Aztag) – As the number of displaced people increased as a result of
the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, many Lebanese refugees sought refuge in
Armenian community establishments in and around Beirut Wednesday, the Aztag
Public school building have been turned into shelters for evacuees. Aztag
reporters toured the Bourdj Hammoud neighbourhood and discussed the
situation with several refugees.
To address the needs of the affected population, the ARF Lebanon Central
Committee announced the establishment of a task force, which will organise
relief efforts in and around area, coordinating activities with city hall and
relief organizations working in the area.
The Armenian Relief Society Araxi Boulghourjian infirmary has been
designated as the headquarters for the efforts.
The ARF CC of Lebanon issued an announcement Tuesday, pledging all its
organisational resources to the affected Lebanese public. This announcement
and other details about the ARF-initiated efforts were broadcast on Lebanese
television and radio, as well as other media outlets.
The Lebanon Prelacy issued an announcement Wednesday condemning what it
called the barbaric attacks by Israel on Lebanon.
Armenia’s Ambassador to Lebanon Vahan Ter-Ghevondian held a press conference
Wednesday afternoon, announcing that Armenia’s Embassy in Beirut would
continue its operations.
"Our embassy will be open 24 hours a day and our staff has been answering
phone calls and inquiries regarding the developments and continues to accept
visitors," said Ter-Ghevondian, adding that through the embassy’s and
Armenia’s foreign ministry’s efforts Armenian citizens were being evacuated to
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that some 200 more Armenian
citizens and other residents of Lebanon will be evacuated to Armenia on Thursday
amid the continuing Israeli assault on the tiny Arab state, the Foreign Ministry
in Yerevan said on Wednesday.
A ministry spokesman, Vladimir Karapetian, told RFE/RL that the evacuees
will be transported to Syria by bus and then fly to Yerevan on board two
Armenian airliners. "Most of them are citizens of Armenia," Karapetian said. The
evacuees will be accompanied by Armenian diplomats during the high-risk
journey from Beirut to Aleppo, he said.
According to the ministry, 160 Armenians and dozens of Lebanese citizens of
Armenian descent have already escaped to Armenia since the start of
devastating Israeli raids on civilian and guerrilla targets in Lebanon on July 12. It
says some 1,200 Armenian nationals lived in the country before the assault.
Prime Minister Andranik Markarian has promised to provide "state support" to
them and other Lebanese residents who would like to take refuge in Armenia.
Two Armenian diplomats have been sent to Lebanon and Syria to assist in their
"I wouldn’t say there is a big influx of evacuees from Lebanon right now,"
said Karapetian. "It’s just that we are prepared for such an influx because
is not clear when all of this will end."
The official added that no Armenian casualties have been reported so far.
"There is no mass exodus of Armenians yet," Shahan Kandaharian, editor of
the local Armenian-language "Aztag" daily based, told RFE/RL from Beirut.
tatiana’s corner by Tatiana Ferahian
GIBRAHAYER IS TAKING A BREAK IN AUGUST. WE WISH OUR SUBSCRIBERS, PLEASANT
KHANASOR EXPEDITION REMEMBERED IN TROODOS
for images of the commemoration on Sunday please click here
In 1896, the Hamidian massacres were decimating the Armenian population of
Ottoman Turkey, and the vilayet of Van, like the other vilayets, was in the
Turks’ line of fire. However, Van proved to be a difficult target for the
Turks, because of its Armenian inhabitants’ steely resolve to resist and defend
themselves despite meagre resources.
At first, the Armenians of Van succeeded in deterring the Turks. Later,
however, the Kurdish Mazrik tribe ambushed a squad of Armenian defenders and
mercilessly slaughtered them. As a consequence, Armenians were outraged and the
ARF Dashnaktsoutiun came in to retaliate.
Geographically, the plain of Khanasor lies between the district of Van and
Iran, and was once heavily populated by Kurds. The aim of the Khanasor
expedition was to punish the Mazriks who had been terrorising the Armenians in the
area. Volunteers from the Hunchakians and the Armenakans joined the ranks of
the Dashnaktsoutiun for the Khanasor expedition. The three leaders of the
expedition were Vartan, Ishkhan and Nigol-Douman, all of them Dashnaks. OnJuly
25, 1897, at dawn, 250 fedayis stormed the Mazrik tribe, leaving only ashes in
The Khanasor expedition was a small triumph for the Armenians. As a result,
Armenians built up their self-confidence, their belief in their ability to
defend themselves now re-enforced. To this day, Armenians remember the event in
commemorative ceremonies honouring the expedition as an important event in
the history of the Armenian struggle for freedom.
The traditional annual event in Cyprus took place at Loumata ton Aeton in
Troodos. The message of the day was delivered by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus
Committee member Hagop Manougian. On behalf of AYF Armenian Youth of Cyprus,
unger Kevork Keoshgerian addressed the crowd and emphasized the importanceof
the Lisbon operation in 1983 and the act of self-sacrifice of the five young
At the end of the commemoration ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Committee
representative Vahan Aynedjian announced the Armenian Relief Society’s appeal for
assistance to war-stricken Lebanon (above)
Special tribute was paid to two late members of AYMA, Nazaret Terzian and
Artin Haroutiounian, who used to participate in the Khanasor commemorationon
the Troodos mountain range every year until the late 70s with their musical
instruments (the former with his trumpet and the latter with his accordion)
accompanying the singing of revolutionary songs. Nazaret Terzian passed away in
1979, while Artin Haroutiounian emigrated to Australia with his family in
1975 and passed away there in 1991.
In their place, two other musicians, Haig Mahdessian with his accordion and
David Simonian with his clarinet, accompanied the crowd during the singingof
the Khanasor song, "Gargoud deghats Khanasora tashdoum, fedayiner
tashnagtsagan vrijarou koroum en…".
Click here to view images of the Khanasor commemoration in Cyprus.
AZERI-TURKISH RESOLUTIONS TURNED DOWN
At the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) summer
session, the Armenian delegation has succeeded to ensure the support of big powers
in turning down proposals put forward by the Azerbaijani and Turkish
delegations, Vahan Hovhannisian, head of the Armenian delegation to the PACE and
National Assembly vice speaker, told a news conference Monday.
Hovhannisian said, resolutions favourable for Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh
have been passed.
`This time our cooperation with big powers was successful, I mean,the US,
Canada, France and Russia,’ Hovhannisian said. `Most importantly, we
succeeded in including a provision of self-determination right in the PACE
resolutions based on the results of the Montenegro referendum.’
He noted that the adoption of those resolutions demonstrated a precise
balance between the rights to self-determination and territorial integrity.
Hovhannisian said the resolutions caused a fury of the Azeri delegation.
Azeri and Georgian delegations have tried to counter those resolutions by
two others that would put disputed territories under the control of statesthey
formerly belonged but both resolutions, backed by Turkey, were turned down,
Finally, Hovhannisian mentioned that most Council of Europe countries havea
vague understanding how the Karabakh conflict is to be settled but they
realise which side is ready for compromises and which one is not.
TURKEY TO MAKE NO CONCESSIONS ON CYPRUS
(20.07.2006 – PanARMENIAN.Net) Turkish PM Erdogan had important messages for
the EU upon his arrival in the "Turkish Republic of N. Cyprus" to attend the
32nd anniversary of the Turkish invasion on the island.
Erdogan was met by "TRNC" PM Soyer upon his arrival at Ercan Airport, and
told him, "We’ve fulfilled our obligations, and the international community
should immediately lift the unfair sanctions imposed on Turkish Cyprus." Erdogan
made clear that Turkey will not make any concessions.
Later on, Erdogan held a joint press conference with "TRNC" President Talat.
Erdogan reiterated that Turkey wants a UN-backed solution to the Cyprus
problem. "The world should remove the isolations imposed on the "TRNC" so that
Turkey may fulfil its responsibilities. We have always supported a peaceful
solution, and will continue to do so."
Furthermore, Erdogan stressed Turkey will continue to be a "brother" to the
TRNC as it has done in the past. Talat also offered support for Erdogan’s
peace plan, and called on Greece and Greek Cyprus to do the same.
Erdogan reassured the TRNC saying, "Don’t worry. We will not open Turkish
ports to Greek Cypriot traffic." Erdogan later met former Turkish Cypriot
President Rauf Denktash at his office. "We are pursuing your goals. We will make
no concessions over the Cyprus issue," Erdogan reportedly told Denktash.
To remind readers, the EU has warned Turkey of the possible breakdown of the
talks id Ankara fails to put into operation the additional protocol to the
customs union that was signed in July, 2005. The union provides for opening of
Turkish ports to Greek Cypriot traffic.
TALEEN WINS TOP AWARD
The Human Resource Management Association organised a competition to reward
novel ideas and advanced systems in areas of human resources management and
improvement of labour relations within a company or public organisation. The
prizes were given by the Director of the Cyprus International Institute of
Management (CIIM), Dr. Theodoros Panayiotou, during the Association’s annual
general meeting held at the Bank of Cyprus Head Offices in Nicosia. The top
honours for Management Excellence went to our very own Taleen Tchalikian
(Tashdjian) for her paper on "Values Launch Through Employee Engagement" based on her
experiences at Wagerlogic Ltd.
Origins of Armenians
The Armenian people have been described throughout the centuries as
adaptable, resilient, enterprising, and steadfast. How they managed to survive
repeated invasions, destruction, and persecution, while large and more powerful
states disappeared and how they were able to make significant contributions to
world civilisation is a tribute to the Armenian people.
The Armenians are one of the few peoples of antiquity who, together with
their language and culture, have survived to the present day. While their
existence as a national, political, and cultural entity dates from the first
millennium before Christ, recently accumulated evidence offers conclusive proof
that the civilisations erected by the immediate predecessors of the Armenians go
back to the second and third millennia B.C.
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news in brief
A meeting of Armenian President Robert Kocharian and Azeri leader Ilham
Aliyev is not scheduled within the framework of the informal summit of theCIS
After weeks of monitoring the region, the OSCE concluded that recent
wildfires in Nagorno-Karabakh were a direct result of arson perpetrated by
Azerbaijan. A report by a personal representative of the OSCE
Chairman-in-Office Andrzei Kasprchik was delivered to both the Armenian and Azeri foreign
ministries, concluding that Azerbaijan was the cause of the wildfires in that
Marcos Baghdatis led Cyprus in victory in Davis Cup against neighbouring
Egypt in Cairo this weekend, winning the tie 3-2. Click here for details.
Zaruhi Harutyunyan results. Click here
ZARUHI WINS FIFTH TITLE AND
STANDS AT 182
After winning in Edinburgh, Zaruhi Harutyunyan won her fifth title in
Winchester this time in the doubles.
Unfortunately, her singles challenge reached "only" as far as the semi
finals due to injury, stopping a three tournament winning streak that started in
Her current ranking is at 182 !
For Zaruhi Harutyunyan’s activity in 2006 – click here
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Sunday 16-30 July – Hamazkayin Forum – Yerevan – Armenia. Visit the
Hamazkayin Forum site at:
12 – 30 July – Khalkidiki Summer Camp organised by the ARS of Greece for 12
– 16 year old Armenians. Sosse Chapter of ARS (HOM) Sosse Cyprus announce
that 18 Armenian youth from Cyprus are participating.
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