Poverty reduction in Armenia possible through boosting agri producti

Poverty reduction in Armenia possible through boosting agricultural production
By the World Bank’s estimate, poverty in Armenia may reach 27,9% in 2010.

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional
Conference for Europe and Central Asia kicked off in Marriott hotel,
Yerevan, Armenia, on May 13, with high-ranking officials from 41 FAO
member countries, EU (Member Organization), observers from EU Council,
UN and Holy See of Vatican participating.

May 17, 2010

The FAO provided USD 1,8 million funding to Armenia in 2008-2009. This
year, USD 40 thousand was provided for Nubarashen pesticide waste
burial place research laboratory. USD 600 thousand is supposed to be
allocated for development of seed farming, USD 2 million for upgrading
laboratories and USD 1.6 thousand for construction of new facilities
for cattle slaughter. Struggle against brucellosis is also among FAO
priority programs.

The Europe and Central Asia region has achieved striking success in
fighting poverty and food insecurity over the last ten years, with
agriculture playing a key role. But the international financial and
economic crisis could threaten that process FAO Director-General
Jacques Diouf said.

`The financial and economic crisis could adversely affect the progress
and the significant improvement in living standards that have been
achieved in the region in the last decade. FAO studies have shown that
the crisis has weakened agriculture, particularly in the countries of
Central and East Europe. In addition, World Bank estimates show that
Europe and Central Asia is the region that has been hit hardest by the
crisis,’ he said.

`Since 1998, some 50 million people in the Europe and Central Asia
region have succeeded in moving out of poverty – a striking example of
success in fighting poverty and food insecurity. In Central Asia, the
number of people suffering from hunger fell by 38 percent from 9.3
million in 2000-2002 to 5.8 million in 2004-2006… Agriculture has
played a key role. History showed that `there is no more powerful
engine for stimulating growth and eradicating hunger and poverty than
investment in agriculture. But sufficient financial resources were
needed. Globally $44 billion a year of Official Development Assistance
was required to finance modern inputs, rural infrastructures and
technologies for the benefit of small farmers in poor countries,’
Diouf said. `Investing in Europe and Central Asia could help resolve
hunger in other regions of the world. It was estimated that with
sufficient investment, nearly 10 million hectares of arable land could
be brought back into cultivation to grow grains and oilseeds in
Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.’

Diouf, who launched a major international anti-hunger campaign, the
`1billionhungry project’, to bring pressure on world leaders to pull a
billion people out of hunger, said he is convinced that `together we
can eliminate hunger from our planet.’

By the World Bank’s estimate, poverty in Armenia may reach 27,9% in
2010, as a consequence of the global financial crisis.

Hripsime Hayrapetyan / PanARMENIAN News

Brunei Gallery Hosts My Dear Brother: Armenians In Turkey 100 Years


May 19, 2010 – 21:10 AMT 16:10 GMT

An unusual exhibition opening at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, My Dear
Brother: Armenians in Turkey 100 Years Ago, provides fascinating
insights into the life of the Armenians living in the borders of
modern Turkey at the beginning of the 20th century through a large
collection of postcards of daily life and scenery from across the
region. The exhibition of both enlarged images and original postcards
was conceived and put together by Osman Koker, based on his book by
the same name (Istanbul: Birzamanlar, 2005).

>>From scenes of urban Constantinople to small villages in the east,
the images show how widespread and integrated Armenian communities were
across the Ottoman territory and demonstrate their roles in society.

The exhibition also serves the purpose of showing ways in which
Armenians, Turks and other peoples of the Ottoman Empire lived and
worked together.

Added to the London showing of the exhibition will be maps, texts and
an oral history-based community exhibit, displaying objects from the
same era still found today in Armenians’ London homes.

The postcards are from the collection of Orlando Carlo Calumeno
and have been exhibited in Istanbul, Yerevan, Geneva, Paris,
Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt. The Armenian Institute, London, has
organized the exhibition and accompanying events programme which
are bothsponsored by the St Sarkis Charity Trust and Diana and Panos

Eilian Williams Of Wales Widens Crack In Turkey’S Wall Of Silence On

By Appo Jabarian

USA Armenian Life Magazine
Issue #1207 May 20, 2010

Over the years, long-time pro-Armenian activist Eilian Williams of
Cardiff, Wales has spoken out on the great injustice inflicted upon
the Armenian people.

On various occasions, he has also brought to Welch public attention,
the plight of the more than 2,000 Armenian, Assyrian and Syriac
churches and religious monuments confiscated by the Turkish government
after the 1915 Genocide, demanding their return to their rightful

But in April of this year, Williams surpassed himself. The pro-justice
activist delivered a ground-breaking speech – not in Wales or some
other parts of Europe, but in Ankara, Turkey, during the Armenian
Genocide Conference, held on April 24 and 25.

In his Ankara speech titled "Another way for Anatolia – The Restoration
of ‘Turkish’ Armenia, the Return of crypto-Armenians," he courageously
stated: "The issue of Reparations for the Genocide has a sound base
in Natural Justice and the whole issue of future Armenian-Turkish
relations cannot be divorced from Reparations. …

The denial of the 1915 Genocide by Turkey is contradicted by another of
its positions, namely the non-existence or disappearance of ‘Turkish’
Armenia. Turkey cannot continue to maintain these contradictory
positions. I propose that there is another possible path for Turkey
… . We are talking not only about the Restoration of the Armenian
and Syriac Cultural heritage of Western Armenia but also Restoration
of a People to their proper identity. Two million Armenians and
Syriacs lost from Anatolia in 1915 can be recovered today if Turkey
creates the right conditions for the ‘Crypto’-Armenians, and ‘Crypto’
Assyrians to return to their true identities."

In Ankara, Williams elaborated with much clarity: "It is still
dangerous for this to happen in many parts of Turkey. To start with
they must be allowed to state their identities as they wish in a
future census e.g. Muslim Armenian, or Turkified Armenian or Kurdified
Armenian or Assyrian. The Armenian language must be offered officially
in large areas of Van, Bitlis, Erzerum, Sivas etc. … Similarly
the Syriac language must be taught and given official recognition
and support."

Recently, Williams lobbied the Representatives of the United Kingdom in
the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for the rights of
all minorities and especially for the rights of the forcibly turkified
Armenians, Assyrians, and Syriacs of Turkey.

In his petition titled "Lobby for the Minorities of Turkey," Williams
echoed his own views expressed in Ankara: "Let us not forget though
the culpability of the former Great Powers, especially Britain, in
legitimizing the award to Turkey of her present borders following the
successful genocide of her Armenian and Syriac/Assyrian populations.

Turkey’s entry into the European Union will undoubtedly mean that
the European Union assumes a great part of Turkey’s liability for

This offers the prospect of diverting part of the potential benefits
of EU Membership into the "Great Project " of a Restoration of Western
Armenia that is to revert back to the position when people of many
ethnicities, languages and cultures could live alongside each other
before the Turkification of the area destroyed this rich-in-diversity
area inhabited by Armenians, Assyrians/Syriacs, Greeks, Kurds and

Williams also reiterated his Ankara statements: "In parallel with
this, people whose ancestors were forcibly converted but who know
their origins must be allowed to revert back to their normal everyday
life and traditions. This includes Turkified or Kurdified Armenians
and Assyrians, and this may lead to a stronger, more vibrant region.

… Muslim authorities could recognize publicly that the forced
conversions of 1915 were a crime and that the descendants should
be encouraged to assume their rightful identity without fear of

Who is Eilian Williams?

Williams does not have one drop of Armenian blood in his veins,
but his spirit is entirely inhabited by the Armenian one. … He
became interested in Armenians as a result of teachings at school,
through a weekly subscription to an encyclopedia. His first readings
made him come face to face with the 1894 massacres of Sassoun. Later
he read the book on the Armenian Tragedy by Llewellyn W. Williams,
a veteran Welch journalist-turned politician," wrote Jean Eckian,
a Paris-based independent journalist in popular Nouvelles d’Armenie
magazine’s October 2007 issue.

In 1894-96, Wales had been deeply troubled by the massacres perpetrated
against the Armenians. Many protest demonstrations were organized
in the entire country. The small Armenian community working toward
securing assistance. And decades later, then 22 year-old Eilian
Williams asked the question: "Why did they strangle this people?"

Having read the Ararat monthly where the Armenian novelist Michael
Arlen (Dikran Kouyoumdjian) used to write, Williams was struck by
the following sentence pronounced by a character named Sarkis:
"An unbearable sadness weighs on your soul." From that day on,
shocked by the overwhelming and abusive oppression of the Turks,
the young Williams started his research. … The Welch people have a
proverb dating from the 19th century that says: "He looked at me like
a Turk," meaning the feeling caused by someone looking at another as
a drugged-out or a diabolic individual, reported Eckian.

"Incredible, but true! Eilian Williams, a shepherd in Wales, has done
more in support of the Armenian Cause than most Armenians, despite the
fact that he is not related to Armenians by heritage or marriage. For
all his good work, he has received no recognition and no appreciation.

Most Armenians, except for a small circle in London, are neither
aware of his existence nor his selfless efforts. … My hat off
to Eilian Williams! I only wish that Armenians would emulate the
righteous activism of this good shepherd whose efforts deserve proper
recognition by the Republic of Armenia, the Church, and Armenians
worldwide, Harut Sassounian, Publisher of The California Courier wrote
about Williams back in July 2009. Sassounian went on to list many of
Williams’ accomplishments on behalf of the Armenian people’s plight
and their Cause:

– In 1998. an Armenian acquaintance asked him to arrange for the
Armenian Church Choir to perform in a Welsh Cultural Festival; Next,
he formed the "Wales Armenia Solidarity" group;

– On April 24, 2001, Mr. Williams organized the first Armenian Genocide
commemoration in Cardiff, Wales;

– In October 2002, he succeeded in getting the National Assembly for
Wales to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide;

– In March 2004, through his persistent efforts, the Gwynedd County
Council became the first municipality in the UK to recognize the
Armenian Genocide;

– In October 2004, Mr. Williams arranged for the Prime Minister of
the Republic of Nagorno Karabagh (Artsakh) to be received by the
Presiding Officer (Speaker) of the National Assembly for Wales,
thus boosting the legitimacy of Artsakh’s statehood;

– In 2006, he persuaded the majority of the members of the National
Assembly for Wales to support the Assyrian/Armenian Genocide Early
Day Motion (EDM);

– In January 2007, he organized the Hrant Dink Commemoration in the
British Parliament. He also lobbied for the Armenian Genocide Motion
in the House of Commons which garnered the signatures of 182 Members
of Parliament;

– In November, 2007, at the inauguration of the Armenian Genocide
Monument in Cardiff, which Mr. Williams and John Torosyan helped
organize, the Speaker of the National Assembly for Wales made
scathing remarks about Turkey. Turkish hooligans tried to disrupt
the solemn proceedings; several months later, they desecrated the
Genocide Memorial;

"Eilian Williams was also intrigued by the astonishing similarities
existing between the Armenian Cross-stones "Khatchkars" and the Welch
Celtic Crosses; as well as certain linguistic similarities coming from
a very old link. For example ‘Dwr’ in Welch and ‘Djour’ or ‘Tchur’
(‘water’ in Armenian) ; ‘Hen’ in Welch and ‘Heen’ (‘old’ in Armenian);
‘Chwaer’ in Welch and ‘Chuyr’ or ‘Quyr’ (‘sister’ in Armenian);
‘Carreg’ in Welch and ‘Carr’ or ‘Karr’ (‘stone’ in Armenian),"
added Eckian.

It is the injustice regarding the Armenian Genocide that energizes him:
the disappearance of a whole race from its ancestral lands. …

Thus his objective: recognition of the Genocide of the Armenians
by the British government. … The royal gift of November 3, 2007:
At the inauguration of the first Armenian Genocide Monument in Great
Britain, Ed Balls British Secretary of State for Children, Schools
and Families, a close ally of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, has sent
a message wishing all the success to Wales-Armenia Solidarity. This
marked the first such message presented to the Armenian community by
any minister of United Kingdom, noted Eckian.

To his credit, thanks to his integrity and his steadfast position in
Ankara, Mr. Williams single-handedly widened the crack in Turkey’s
wall of silence on Armenian Genocide, and on the continuation of
Turkish occupation of Armenian lands.

For all his genuine efforts and devoted activism for justice on
behalf of the victims of the first genocide of the 20th century,
he deserves both our moral and financial support.

Write to him. His e-mail address is [email protected]. Readers may
make their financial contribution to Wales-Armenia Solidarity. through
the following "Walea Armenia Solidarity" Bank Account; international
Bank account number GB64MIDL40160211568922; Branch Identifier code

ANCA Marks Anniversary Of Pontian Genocide


20.05.2010 15:57

The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) joined today
with Pontian Greeks – and all Hellenes, Assyrians, Syriacs, and
other communities representing the victims of Turkey’s genocidal
campaign against its Christian minorities – in commemorating May
19th, the international day of remembrance for the genocide initiated
by the Ottoman Empire and continued by Kemalist Turkey against the
historic Greek population of Pontus along the southeastern coast of
the Black Sea.

"We join with all our brothers and sisters – in the Hellenic,
Assyrian, Chaldean, Syriac, and other Christian communities subjected
to genocide under Ottoman and Turkish rule – in solemnly marking
the anniversary of the Pontian Genocide – a genocide that remains
unrecognized by its perpetrator and unpunished by the international
community," said Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the ANCA. "In
commemorating this date, we reaffirm our determination to work in
concert with all the victims of Turkey’s genocidal campaigns to
secure full recognition and justice for these crimes."

The Ottoman Empire, under the cover of World War I, undertook a
systematic and deliberate effort to eliminate its minority Christian
populations. This genocidal campaign resulted in the death and
deportation of well over 2,000,000 Armenians, Assyrians, Chaldeans,
Syriacs, and Greeks.

The Pontian Genocide has been formally acknowledged by Greece and
Cyprus and, within the United States, by the states of New York,
New Jersey, Florida, South Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania,
and Illinois, among others.

Some 30% Of Armenian Apricot Crop Damaged By Rains And Hails


May 19, 2010

Armenian agricultural minister Gerasim Alaverdian told May 18 that
preliminary estimates show that some 25-30% of apricot crop was
damaged by heavy rains and hails.

He said the overall volume of the damage is being still gauged,
but added that the bulk of damaged apricot orchards are in Ararat
and Armavir provinces.

He said pollination of the trees was hindered by heavy and protracted
rains. The minister said also the government is considering ways to
help farmers, but added that they will not get financial assistance
as no funds are earmarked for it in the budget. Last year Armenian
farmers gathered some 83,000 tons of apricot.

Areximbank-Gazprombank Group Launches Hotline Service


2010-05-19 10:48:00

ArmInfo. Hotline service has been launched at the website of
Areximbank-Gazprombank Group.

The press service of Areximbank-Gazprombank Group told ArmInfo that the
Hotline service aims to establish closer ties between the bank and its
clients. Thanks to the given service, everybody can ask any questions
to the leadership and experts of the bank, express their wishes and
proposals, inform about the shortcomings in the work of the bank’s
specialists. The source says that the launch of the Hotline service
will become a great and important step towards the bank’s clients.

BAKU: Armenia Silent In A Hope Madrid Principles Will Lose Their Imp


May 19 2010

Eldar Namazov Official Yerevan is interested in the ineffective high
level meetings wishing this issue to lose its urgency.

By protracting the resolution process, official Yerevan does not
voice its position on updated versions of the Madrid principles in an
effort to create the situation for this issue to lose significance,
political scientist Eldar Namazov said.

At a working session in Cracow on 25-26 July 2009 the Minsk Group
co-chairs discussed and adopted updated variants of the Madrid
principles that were later presented to the conflict parties. The
Azerbaijani side agreed on the updated Madrid principles, whole
Armenia still does not give any response protracting the process.

‘Official Yerevan is interested in the ineffective high level meetings
wishing this issue to lose its urgency. Official Baku is right in
its unwillingness to continue ineffective meetings with Armenia’,
said Eldar Namazov, president of the Public Forum for Azerbaijan.

According to the political scientist, after Yerevan’s response,
official Baku will plan its further steps.

The political scientist considers that the ineffective negotiation
process cannot last long. ‘If this process is protracted, official
Baku will have to apply a different policy to settle the conflict.

"For this purpose official Baku has both political and legal grounds’,
Namazov said.

BAKU: Azerbaijani MP To Attend Int’l Conference On South Caucasus So


May 18 2010

Azerbaijani MP Asim Mollazade will visit Moscow to attend an
international scientific conference on ‘South Caucasus socioeconomic
development: Prospects and Problems’ to be held May 20, the
parliamentary press service told Trend.

"The conference will mainly focus on the situation in the South
Caucasus, the socio-economic status, issues that hinder cooperation
and etc," the source reported.

Mollazade will speak about Azerbaijan’s role in the region’s lasting

The event will also organize a news conference on ‘The Nagorno-Karabakh
conflict on the backdrop of the Turkish-Armenian process: Azerbaijan’s

The visit will be completed May 21.

ANKARA: Turkey, Azerbaijan To Form Strategic Cooperation Council


May 18 2010

Turkey’s prime minister and Azerbaijan’s president decided on Monday
that their countries shall set up a high-level strategic cooperation

Turkey’s prime minister and Azerbaijan’s president decided on Monday
that their countries shall set up a high-level strategic cooperation

Speaking at a joint press conference with Azerbaijani President Ilham
Aliyev, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that fruitful
talks had been held as part of his visit to the Azerbaijani capital
of Baku today.

Pointing to Aliyev’s upcoming visit to Turkey in June, Erdogan said
the two countries’ officials would continue to pay visits and hold
talks on political, military, commercial, economic and cultural issues
in a determined way.

Commenting on the content of his meeting with Aliyev, Erdogan said,
"One of the most important steps we have taken during today’s
gathering is the decision we have taken to set up a High-Level
Strategic Cooperation Council between our countries".

Erdogan said that establishment of such a council would contribute
to the future of the relations between Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Noting that Aliyev had also informed him on the Karabakh issue during
their talks, Erdogan said Azerbaijan had always maintained its positive
stance on such matter.

"Azerbaijan has reacted positively to the Minsk Group’s latest
proposal, although Armenia has not replied to it yet. This shows
Azerbaijan’s positive stance on the matter," the Turkish prime
minister said.

Noting that Karabakh issue had been discussed during Russian President
Dmitry Medvedev’s recent visit to Turkey as well, Erdogan said Turkey
would carry on with its sensitivity on the matter.

Aram Safaryan: Ankara Should Demonstrate More Balanced Policy In Sou


May 17, 2010 – 15:23 AMT 10:23 GMT

Cooperation between Turkey and Iran is not surprising, according to
secretary of Prosperous Armenia parliamentary group.

"These two countries need each other," Aram Safaryan told a
PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, when commenting on the nuclear fuel swap
deal signed by Turkey and Iran. "This agreement means that Ankara
increases influence on Tehran, with the green light given by Turkey’s
European partners.

Touching upon Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s visit to
Baku, Mr. Safaryan said that "Ankara should demonstrate a more balanced
policy in the South Caucasus, instead of observing Baku’s interests."

"We should also keep in mind that Russia will never allow Turkey
to increase influence in the region to the detriment of its own
interests," he concluded.