Egoyan’s Ararat wins top prize at Armenian festival

Egoyan’s Ararat wins top prize at Armenian festival

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Yerevan — Atom Egoyan’s two-year-old movie Ararat won the top prize
at the Golden Apricot Film Festival of works by ethnic Armenian
directors, officials said yesterday.

The festival included 57 movies by directors from 20
countries. Toronto-based Egoyan is a Canadian of Armenian heritage.

The film depicts the plight of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey during the
Armenian genocide of the early 20th century. The title refers to the
mountain that Armenians regard as their national symbol but which now
lies in Turkey.

Egoyan’s film tells of the persecution of Armenians by Turks through a
tapestry of stories that take place during the filming of a movie. A
young man, Raffi (played by newcomer David Alpay), is stopped at the
Toronto airport by a customs officer (Christopher Plummer) who
questions the contents of sealed film canisters. As Raffi tries to
explain his situation, the story of the killings unfolds.

In 2003, the film won five Genie Awards in Toronto, including one for
best picture. CP

AAA: Schwarzenegger Appoints AAA Board Member to High-Ranking Post

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PRESS RELEASE
July 6, 2004
CONTACT: Christine Kojoian
E-mail: [email protected]

GOV. SCHWARZENEGGER APPOINTS ASSEMBLY BOARD MEMBER TO HIGH-RANKING POST

Washington, DC – The Armenian Assembly of America congratulated one of its
own today, Board of Directors Member Lisa Kalustian, on her recent
appointment to a top position in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R-CA)
district office.

Kalustian, a California native who served as deputy cabinet secretary for
former Governor Pete Wilson in the 1990s, has been appointed chief deputy
director of Governor Schwarzenegger’s Los Angeles Office. The position does
not require Senate confirmation.

A longtime Assembly activist and Fellow Trustee, Kalustian most recently
worked for one of the nation’s largest health plans. During her tenure as
vice president of public affairs at Western Region of Health Net, Inc., she
oversaw media relations and communications for Health Net of California and
Health Net of Oregon.

“As an experienced public servant and long standing Armenian-American
community leader, Lisa is a great asset for the State of California. The
Armenian Assembly is honored to have her as a member of our team,” said
Assembly Board of Directors Chairman Anthony Barsamian. “We commend the
Governor for his choice and wish Lisa much success in her new position.”

The Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based nationwide
organization promoting public understanding and awareness of Armenian
issues. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt membership organization.

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Photograph available on the Assembly’s Web site at the following link:

Caption: Lisa Kalustian

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Oskanian meets Lavrov

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06 July 2004

Minister of Foreign Affairs Oskanian Meets with Russian Foreign
Minister Lavrov

Minister of Foreign Affairs Vartan Oskanian is on a two-day official
visit to Moscow. On the first day, the Minister met with Foreign
Minister Sergei Lavrov.

The two colleagues began by expressing their satisfaction at the fact
that economic relations between the two countries is on the upswing.
They noted that the Armenian and Russian presidents had also noted
this positive development during their recent meeting. They also
suggested that the recent creation of a Russian-Armenian Business
Cooperation Association may result in an increase in this
cooperation. Minister Oskanian stressed that economic ties between
Russia’s various regions and Armenia’s regions are also very
encouraging developments and can only lead to further productivity and
positive results. Further, the Minister noted that Russian businesses
and the Armenian economy will reap greater benefits as soon as those
factories which Russian companies had recently acquired in the
assets-for-debt agreements concluded earlier this year, become
operational. The two ministers also focused on the need to revive
certain transportation links to enhance economic development and
regional cooperation.

Armenian-Russian collaboration in the scientific, educational and
cultural spheres was also on the agenda. They noted the role of the
growing Russian Diaspora in the growing number of exchange and
cooperative programs.

Ministers Oskanian and Lavrov agreed to continue to work together in
various international organizations, including the UN, the
Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as well as the
Council of Europe, the CIS and the Collective Security Organization.

Minister Oskanian informed his colleague about the process of Nagorno
Karabakh negotiations. Russia, as a co-chair country of the Minsk
Group, agreed that only a political resolution, achieved through
mutual compromise, will lead to an acceptable resolution. The sides
agreed that all parties will have to demonstrate maximal flexibility
and political will.

They also dealt with issues pertaining to President Putin’s official
visit to Armenia in the near future. Minister Oskanian invited
Minister Lavrov to visit Armenia as soon as his schedule allows.

This first official meeting between the two colleagues lasted one and
a half hours and was followed by an official lunch. The head of the
Russian-Armenian business cooperation association, Nikolai Rizhkov, as
well as Andrei Kakoshin, head of the Russian Duma Committee on the CIS
joined the ministers and other officials for lunch.

Immediately following their discussions, the ministers responded to
questions from the press.

Immediately prior the meeting with the meeting between foreign
ministers, Minister Oskanian placed a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknown Soldier.

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Saakashvili New Residence To Be Built in Armenian Dist. of Tbilisi

GEORGIAN PRESIDENT’S NEW RESIDENCE TO BE BUILT IN ARMENIAN DISTRICT OF
TBILISI

21.06.2004 17:58

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ The new residence of Georgian President Mikhail
Saakashvili will be obviously built in Avlabar, the Armenian district of
Tbilisi. As Georgian leader told journalists in Batumi, the construction
speeding-up depends on the sale of the previous residence located in the
suburbs of Tbilisi – Krtsanisi, where Saakashvili does not have any desire
to work. Speaking of the possibility of selling the old residence, Georgian
President said: “If someone wants to live in a building, in which Lavrenty
Beria used to sleep, and near which Eduard Shevarnadze lives, God be with
him”.

EU Commissioner Tours S Caucasus To Explain ‘New Neighborhood’ Offer

EU Commissioner Tours South Caucasus To Explain ‘New Neighborhood’ Offer

RFE/RL Caucasus
Monday, 05 July 2004

By Ahto Lobjakas

Janez Potocnik, a junior EU commissioner working with enlargement
commissioner Guenter Verheugen, today begins a four-day tour of the
South Caucasus. He will meet the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and
Georgia to talk about the EU’s recent decision to include the three
countries in its “new neighborhood” policy.

Brussels, 5 July 2004 (RFE/RL) — Janez Potocnik is a junior
commissioner. But he is by far the highest-ranking EU official to tour
the South Caucasus region in recent years.

As a commissioner for a new EU member state, Slovenia, Potocnik works
with the enlargement commissioner, Guenter Verheugen. Verheugen is in
charge of the EU’s “new neighborhood” program, which offers closer ties
to some EU neighbors.

Although not directly responsible for the new neighborhood program,
Potocnik fully represents the views of the European Commission.

He will spend this week traveling to Georgia (5-6 July), Azerbaijan (6-7
July), and Armenia (7-8 July). Potocnik’s visit will emphasize the EU’s
renewed interest in those three countries. Following Georgia’s “Rose
Revolution” last year, the EU was quick to bring them into the new
neighborhood policy. The formal offer was finalized on 14 June.

Jean-Christophe Filori is a European Commission spokesman. He explained
to RFE/RL today what the offer will mean for the three countries: “The
next steps are to consider the possibility of setting up a so-called
action plan with those three countries — setting the [reform]
priorities they should address. And, on our side, offering an
approximation with the European Union. That, as you know, could
eventually — but in the longer term — lead very far toward a share in
the internal market, for instance, or [alignment] with several EU
policies, like environment or [energy and transport] networks.”

Filori said Potocnik will tell the three South Caucasus governments that
they could eventually have a voice in Europe.

Potocnik will not offer precise details of the financial aid likely to
accompany new neighborhood membership. EU member states are still
debating the contents of the bloc’s next budget for the years 2007-2013.

But EU officials say Potocnik will reiterate the bloc’s willingness to
take a more active approach to the region’s many conflicts. The bloc
will not act as a mediator. But it will use incentives inherent in
closer ties to foster compromise.

Filori says this strategy has proved successful elsewhere: “Take, for
instance, the example of Romania and Hungary, the issue of the Hungarian
minority. Through a very early and intense political dialogue, we
[found] a solution. And we really hope that with this prospect of
getting closer to the European Union we will also have the possibility
of a much better political dialogue with [the South Caucasus] countries.”

The EU promotes its new neighborhood policy as distinct from bloc
membership but offering many of the same benefits.

Filori said the EU is not likely to discuss anytime soon a further EU
expansion that would bring countries like Georgia, Armenia and
Azerbaijan into the bloc: “We can never say never, of course — we will
have to see. What we’re trying to do now is to set the prospect for the
foreseeable future. And in the foreseeable future, we have an approach
allowing for much closer involvement of those countries in Europe, and a
much closer involvement of the EU in those countries — much closer
relations. It would be a first step. Let’s seize this offer first.”

The EU has made it clear that it will consider developing relations with
the three countries on the basis of individual merit. So far, Georgia
has emerged as a clear leader.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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ANCA Welcomes Sen. Kerry’s Choice for VP Nominee

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PRESS RELEASE
July 6, 2004
Contact: Elizabeth S. Chouldjian
Tel: (202) 775-1918

ANCA WELCOMES SEN. KERRY’S CHOICE FOR
DEMOCRATIC VICE-PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE

— Sen. Edwards Outspoken in Favor of U.S. Recognition of
Armenian Genocide; Lifting of Turkish Blockade of Armenia

WASHINGTON, DC – The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA)
today welcomed the presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee John
Kerry’s announcement of Sen. John Edwards (D-NC) as his Vice-
Presidential running mate.

“The ANCA welcomes John Kerry’s choice of John Edwards – a friend
of Armenian Americans in North Carolina and around the nation – as
his running-mate,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.
“The contrast between Senator Edwards and sitting Vice President
Dick Cheney could not be more stark. John Edwards has consistently
taken a stand for Armenian issues, while Dick Cheney – as Chairman
of Halliburton and later as Vice President – has consistently,
often stridently, opposed issues of concern to Armenian American
voters.”

Sen. Edwards, currently finishing his first term in the Senate, has
been a staunch supporter of Armenian American concerns. In 2002,
he cosponsored the S.Res.307, marking the 15th anniversary of the
U.S. implementation of the Genocide Convention. He was an original
cosponsor of a similar bill currently in Congress, S.Res.164,
spearheaded by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Jon Corzine (D-NJ),
which currently has 39 cosponsors.

During his run for the Democratic Presidential nomination, Sen.
Edwards met with ANCA activists in May of 2003, at a private
reception held in Los Angeles in his honor. There ANCA-WR Chairman
Raffi Hamparian and Board Member Steven J. Dadaian discussed issues
of concern to the Armenian American community with the Senator.
Hamparian spoke to Senator Edwards about Turkey’s illegal blockade
of Armenia, to which Edwards responded that the “wrongful blockade”
must end, stressing that America has to stand behind Armenia and
let its neighbors know that “We [America] stand fully behind
Armenia.” In a statement before reception attendees, Edwards
explained that it is in America’s interest to recognize the
Armenian Genocide and added that “It is the just thing to do. It is
about time we [Americans] recognized it.”

Sen. Edwards’ positions on Armenian American concerns contrasts
sharply to Republican Vice-presidential nominee Dick Cheney’s
record. During his years serving in the U.S. Congress, Cheney
voted against resolutions commemorating the Armenian Genocide both
in 1985 and 1987. In 1995, he joined the Halliburton Company, an
oil and energy services corporation, and after his appointment as
Chairman of the Board in 1996, worked extensively with the
government of Azerbaijan in oil exploration ventures. He was a
vocal advocate of efforts to repeal restrictions on U.S. aid to
Azerbaijan despite that country’s ongoing blockades of Armenia and
Nagorno Karabagh. In a keynote speech at a U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber
of Commerce (USACC) conference on February 18, 1997, Cheney stated:

“I must also say that I believe that our current policy prohibiting
U.S. assistance to Azerbaijan is seriously misguided. In my
experience, this kind of unilateral sanction, based primarily on
U.S. domestic political considerations, is unwise. Such a policy
limits U.S. influence in any given situation, and in this case, it
reduces rather than enhances the prospects for ultimately resolving
a very complex and important set of regional issues.”

In 1997, Cheney, who was a member of the USACC “Honorary Council of
Advisors,” was awarded its “Freedom Support” award, for his
“outstanding services to this organization [USACC] as well as
contribution toward promoting peace, democracy, freedom and
economic development in Azerbaijan and a closer cooperation between
the United States and Azerbaijan.”

For more information about the Kerry-Edwards ticket, visit:

http://ArmeniansforKerry.com
www.anca.org

Premiere Convention Des Armeniens D’Europe Au Parlement Europeen

FEDERATION EURO-ARMENIENNE
pour la Justice et la Démocratie
Avenue de la Renaissance 10
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COMMUNIQUE DE PRESSE
06 juillet 2004
Contact: Talline Tachdjian
Tel.: +32 (0)2 732 70 27

PREMIERE CONVENTION DES ARMENIENS D’EUROPE AU PARLEMENT EUROPEEN

Bruxelles, Belgique – A l’initiative de la Fédération Euro-Arménienne, la
première Convention des Arméniens d’Europe se déroulera au Parlement
européen à Bruxelles, les 18 et 19 octobre 2004. Ce rassemblement
paneuropéen sera le lieu d’expression des sensibilités et opinions qui
traversent les communautés arméniennes d’Europe sur les sujets qui les
concernent.

Les citoyens européens d’origine arménienne représentent aujourd’hui plus de
deux millions de personnes issues de trois grandes vagues d’immigration,
résultant du génocide perpétré par l’empire ottoman (1915) , de la guerre au
Proche-Orient (1975) et de la chute de l’URSS (1991). Parfaitement intégrés
dans la vie économique et socioculturelle de leur pays d’accueil, ils ont
néanmoins su préserver leur identité et leur intérêt pour les questions
arméniennes.

Cette convention devrait permettre de dégager des lignes de convergence sur
différents thèmes d’actualité liés aux mutation géopolitiques récentes ou
aux transformations socioéconomiques globales.

Les orateurs pourront s’exprimer dans le cadre de trois sessions :

– Cultures et identités arméniennes en Europe
– Relations Union européenne – Arménie
– Enjeux de l’élargissement de l’Union européenne

« L’ensemble des associations, groupements et organisations arméniennes d’
Europe est convié, quelles que soient la nature de leurs activités et
indépendamment de leurs orientations politiques ou religieuses. » a expliqué
Hilda Tchoboian, présidente de la Fédération Euro-Arménienne.

« Avec cette première convention européenne, nous ne visons pas la mise en
place d’une superstructure associative qui se substituerait à la diversité
des associations impliquées dans les questions arméniennes en Europe ; nous
ambitionnons plutôt de créer un espace d’expression par lequel se dégageront
des positions et des opinions qui font consensus dans les communautés d’
Europe. ». a-t-elle précisé.

La Fédération Euro-Arménienne va incessamment lancer des centaines d’
invitations aux associations arméniennes d’Europe et appelle d’ores et déjà
les responsables associatifs qui souhaitent participer à cette convention à
s’inscrire soit par retour de courrier, soit sur le site Internet de la
Fédération .

Elle appelle les associations dont elle n’aurait pas connaissance et qui n’
auraient pas été contactées à se manifester spontanément. Elle invite
également chacun à faire un écho aussi large que possible à cette annonce et
précise qu’un programme provisoire sera communiqué fin juillet.

La Fédération Euro-Arménienne attire l’attention sur le fait que cette
convention constitue une occasion unique de faire entendre aux responsables
politiques européens – parlementaires et membres de la Commission – les
questions qui préoccupent les Arméniens d’Europe.

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EU Commissioner Tours South Caucasus To Explain ‘New Neighborhood’

Monday,
05 July 2004
Caucasus: EU Commissioner Tours South Caucasus To Explain ‘New
Neighborhood’ Offer

Czech Republic World News Services
By Ahto Lobjakas

Janez Potocnik, a junior EU commissioner working with enlargement
commissioner Guenter Verheugen, today begins a four-day tour of the
South Caucasus. He will meet the leaders of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and
Georgia to talk about the EU’s recent decision to include the three
countries in its “new neighborhood” policy.

Brussels, 5 July 2004 (RFE/RL) — Janez Potocnik is a junior
commissioner. But he is by far the highest-ranking EU official to
tour the South Caucasus region in recent years.

As a commissioner for a new EU member state, Slovenia, Potocnik works
with the enlargement commissioner, Guenter Verheugen. Verheugen is in
charge of the EU’s “new neighborhood” program, which offers closer
ties to some EU neighbors.

Although not directly responsible for the new neighborhood program,
Potocnik fully represents the views of the European Commission.

He will spend this week traveling to Georgia (5-6 July), Azerbaijan
(6-7 July), and Armenia (7-8 July). Potocnik’s visit will emphasize
the EU’s renewed interest in those three countries. Following
Georgia’s “Rose Revolution” last year, the EU was quick to bring them
into the new neighborhood policy. The formal offer was finalized on 14
June.

Jean-Christophe Filori is a European Commission spokesman. He
explained to RFE/RL today what the offer will mean for the three
countries: “The next steps are to consider the possibility of setting
up a so-called action plan with those three countries — setting the
[reform] priorities they should address. And, on our side, offering
an approximation with the European Union. That, as you know, could
eventually — but in the longer term — lead very far toward a share
in the internal market, for instance, or [alignment] with several EU
policies, like environment or [energy and transport] networks.”

Filori said Potocnik will tell the three South Caucasus governments
that they could eventually have a voice in Europe.

Potocnik will not offer precise details of the financial aid likely to
accompany new neighborhood membership. EU member states are still
debating the contents of the bloc’s next budget for the years
2007-2013.

But EU officials say Potocnik will reiterate the bloc’s willingness to
take a more active approach to the region’s many conflicts. The bloc
will not act as a mediator. But it will use incentives inherent in
closer ties to foster compromise.

Filori says this strategy has proved successful elsewhere: “Take, for
instance, the example of Romania and Hungary, the issue of the
Hungarian minority. Through a very early and intense political
dialogue, we [found] a solution. And we really hope that with this
prospect of getting closer to the European Union we will also have the
possibility of a much better political dialogue with [the South
Caucasus] countries.”

The EU promotes its new neighborhood policy as distinct from bloc
membership but offering many of the same benefits.

Filori said the EU is not likely to discuss anytime soon a further EU
expansion that would bring countries like Georgia, Armenia and
Azerbaijan into the bloc: “We can never say never, of course — we
will have to see. What we’re trying to do now is to set the prospect
for the foreseeable future. And in the foreseeable future, we have an
approach allowing for much closer involvement of those countries in
Europe, and a much closer involvement of the EU in those countries —
much closer relations. It would be a first step. Let’s seize this
offer first.”

The EU has made it clear that it will consider developing relations
with the three countries on the basis of individual merit. So far,
Georgia has emerged as a clear leader.

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Armenian Foreign Minister to arrive in Moscow

Pravda.RU:Russia

Armenian Foreign Minister to arrive in Moscow

11:22 2004-07-05
Armenian foreign minister Vardan Oskanyan will arrive in Moscow on an
official visit on Monday. An exchange of opinions on the entire
complex of bilateral relations as well as on most important
international and regional problems is expected to be conducted during
the visit.

An official spokesman for the Russian foreign ministry Alexander
Yakovenko reported that one of the priority issues to be discussed
will be the Russian-Armenian trade, economic, cultural and
humanitarian cooperation, and a special accent will be made on the
Nagorno-Karabakh problem.

The sides will also discuss the coordination of the efforts of the two
countries’ foreign ministries in the improvement of the situation in
the Caucasus, settlement of conflicts in the region, the creation of
the atmosphere of trust for developing all-Caucasian security.

The sides will also consider interaction with the CIS, by using the
Collective Security Treaty Organisation, (Russia, Belarus, Armenia,
Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan) and the EURASEC (except Armenia
which, just as Ukraine and Moldova, has the status of an observer.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov is expected to hold
negotiations with Vardan Oskanyan.

The visit will last till July 7.

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Janez PotoÄnik to visit Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia (05-08/07)

European Commissioner Janez PotoÄnik will visit Georgia on 5-6 July,
Azerbaijan on 6-7 July and Armenia on 7-8 July. The visits follow the
decision by the Council on 14 June to include the three Southern
Caucasian countries in the European Neighbourhood Policy. Mr PotoÄnik
will welcome the countries into the European Neighbourhood Policy and
explain the significance of the initiative to his counterparts.