ANKARA: Armenians to Support Kerry for So-Called Genocide Draft

Zaman, Turkey
Aug 2 2004

Armenians to Support Kerry for So-Called Genocide Draft

The American National Committee for Armenians (ANCA), an Armenian
lobby firm in the US, announced their endorsement of Democratic Party
candidate, John F. Kerry, for the November 2 Presidential elections.
They removed their support from current US President George W. Bush,
who did not keep his promise to Armenians regarding a so-called
Armenian Genocide draft.

ANCA President, Ken Hachikyan, implored all Armenians in the US to
vote for Kerry. He said, “Senator Kerry is a friend of the Armenian
community who has strongly made efforts for Armenian issues during
his 20 years of experience.” Hachikyan regarded Bush as “a great
disappointment for Armenians” and said, “Not only did Bush not keep
his promise for recognizing genocide that he made before the 2000
election, but he also attacked on related legal efforts.”

The Armenian lobby claims that Bush was elected president in 2000
because Armenians in Florida, where the fate of the election was
determined, voted for Bush. According to a statement released by
ANCA, Kerry said, “My running mate and I thank ANCA for its support.”

Kerry has given support to pro-Armenian efforts during his long years
of service in the Senate. The Democratic Party Candidate voted for a
so-called genocide draft that was defeated in the Senate in 1990. He
is also a supporter of another draft envisaging indirect approval of
the so-called genocide draft, currently pending in the Senate.

Parish leaders focus on the Armenian faith

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Coordinator of Information Services
Tel: (212) 686-0710 Ext. 60; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]

August 2, 2004


With the help of experts and clergy, 10 parish leaders from throughout
the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) spent a week at
the Diocesan Center in New York City exploring a variety of aspects of
the Armenian Christian tradition.

The Diocesan run Sewny Armenian Studies seminar, titled “Light of Light:
The Armenian and His Faith”, ran in New York City from Sunday July 25,
2004, to Sunday, August 1, 2004.

The participants in the program discussed topics such as the Armenian
language, the badarak, the architecture of Armenian churches, and the
history of the sees and hierarchy of the church. They also discussed
such leadership topics as giving successful presentations and writing
press releases.

“We want to show people of all ages the important aspects of the
Armenian faith and also give them tools to teach others in their
parishes,” Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, said. “Sending them
back to their parishes, ready to share their excitement with others, is
just one of the many ways in which we keep the Armenian heritage,
culture, faith, and traditions alive.”

Twenty-one lecturers at the session included several leading clergymen,
such as Archbishop Anania Arabajyan, Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, Fr.
Haigazoun Najarian, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Fr. Arakel Aljalian, Fr. Vahan
Hovhanessian, and Fr. Zenob Nalbandian. Other lecturers were renowned
academics in the fields of history, sociology, and linguistics.
Participants were eligible to earn college credit from St. Peter’s

The program was organized by Sylva der Stepanian, coordinator of
Armenian education at the Diocese. The major costs of the program —
transportation, lodging, food — were covered by endowments, allowing
smaller parishes to send representatives.

After several workshops on various topics, the participants were tested
by Professor James Jacobson, chairman of the education department at St.
Peter’s College. The participants had to deliver their own lecture on
one of the topics covered during the week’s session.

Participating in the program were:
Christine Babadjanian, St. Paul, MN
George Chahinian, Syosset, NY
Mher Dekmezian, Houston, TX
Amalia Rabbot, Bowling Green, KY
Noelle Sarkissian, Charlotte, NC
Benjamin Shahinian, Orlando, FL
John Shahinian, Orlando, FL
Ariel Strichartz, Northfield, MN
Hasmik Zamgochian, West Hartford, CT
Ida Zohrabian, Bayside, NY

— 8/2/04

E-mail photos available on request. Photos also viewable in the News
and Events section of the Eastern Diocese’s website,

PHOTO CAPTION (1): Participants in the Light of Light seminar meet with
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, during
their week-long exploration of the Armenian faith and heritage at the
Diocesan Center in New York City.

Parish teachers focus on teaching language, culture, faith

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Coordinator of Information Services
Tel: (212) 686-0710 Ext. 60; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]

August 2, 2004


A dozen educators from parishes throughout the Diocese have been in New
York City since Sunday, July 11, for a week-long session at the Diocesan

The Arthur and Tacouhie Ayvazian Armenian Teacher’s College gives parish
Armenian School teachers, teachers to be, and administrators a hands-on
lesson on teaching methods. The weeklong session, which can be taken
for college credit from St. Peter’s College, featured 20 experts
lecturing on education topics such as teaching second language learners,
working with children with learning disabilities, property presentation
in front of a class, and creating lesson plans.

The participants in the Teacher’s College also take part in
Armenian-specific sessions, such as workshops focusing on Armenian
music, dance, and drama; overviews of Armenian history by scholars;
prayer services and faith discussions with clergy; and a hands-on
explanation of class projects that are designed for local Armenian

“It is vitally important that we keep our Armenian heritage and
traditions alive today, in our new home of America,” Archbishop Khajag
Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, said. “Part of what makes
our faith rich is the deep and ancient connection our church has with
our proud culture. Giving parish educators new tools and resources is
just one way we are working to make sure the next generation remains
truly Armenian.”

Endowment funds cover the cost of lodging and transportation for
participants in the Teacher’s College, which allows all parishes, even
smaller ones, to send representatives. The program was organized by
Sylva der Stepanian, coordinator of Armenian Studies at the Diocese.

At the end of the session, participants took oral and written tests,
under the direction of Professor James Jacobson, chairman of the
education department at St. Peter’s College.

Participants in this year’s Teacher’s College include:
Luiza Chitjian, NY
Anna-Karin Demirciyan, NY
Anna Demerjian, NY
Mary Gulmezian, NY
Aren Kayserian, NY
Christine Kolandjian, TX
Alexandrew Mironescu, TN
Talin Manukian, NJ
Nectar Munroe, CT
Souzanne Ouzounian, TX
Patrick Rabbot, KY
Anna Tonoyan, NJ

— 8/02/04

E-mail photos available on request. Photos also viewable in the News
and Events section of the Eastern Diocese’s website,

PHOTO CAPTION (1): Participants in the Eastern Diocese’s Teacher’s
College meet with Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, following their
week of workshops focused on teaching methods.

Mining development transforms village in Nagornyy Karabakh

Mining development transforms village in Nagornyy Karabakh

Golos Armenii web site, Yerevan
27 Jul 04

The village of Drmbon in Nagornyy Karabakh is being transformed thanks
to the development of the copper and gold deposits in the region, says
the writer Aris Kazinyan. The population of the village has risen from
460 before the war with Azerbaijan to the point where 820 are engaged
on working at the plant which produces 14,000 t of ore a month. The
following is the text of the article “14,000 t of ore in four shifts”,
posted on the Voice of Armenia web site on 27 July; subheadings
inserted editorially:

Transformation of a village

The village of Drmbon, which lies in the foothills of the Mrav on the
picturesque shores of the Sarsangskiy reservoir, is today one of the
largest and rapidly developing regions of Martakertskiy District in
the Nagornyy Karabakh Republic. The village, which during the war
experienced all the horrors of Azerbaijani aggression, is now being
transformed and is expected to be given the status of an urban-type
settlement in the very near future. The wonderful natural setting of
the area clearly lends itself to a project which is being developed to
create a holiday resort centre. The construction of the North-South
trunk road, which is due to be completed in 2005, will provide the
necessary communications, and from April of this year work began on
laying the route for a 23-km section from Kichan to Drmbon.

The work of the Karabakh-Telecom company, which is providing permanent
mobile communications with the outside world, is worthy of special
mention in the development of the village and its integration into the
Armenian economy. At the present time one in three houses in Drmbon
has its own mobile telephone. This company has become a most important
boost to the economic development of the whole of
Artsakh. Karabakh-Telecom began operating in February 2002, and by
August the open joint-stock company Base Metals, which develops the
copper and gold deposits of Drmbon, had been set up. This mine is now
the hub of the village’s activity and the main guarantee of its
long-term development. “Before the war the population of the village
was just 460,” says local school director Sirush Alaverdyan. “When the
main fighting was over, about 320 of the villagers who had been
scattered all over came back and started rebuilding their homes.
There are now 630 people here, and half of them are specialists at the
ore-dressing combine who were invited from all over Armenia.”

Background to mining development

Armenia is one of the world’s first centres for copper mining and
working, and much of its latest output comes from deposits which were
either old or discarded for various reasons. It is significant that
from the middle of the 1980s Azerbaijan began carrying out geological
surveying at the Kyzylbulag mine (the Turkish name for the deposit),
which was completed in 1990. It was supposed that it would only be
worth commissioning the copper and gold deposits once the indigenous
Armenian population had been banished during the war. It was precisely
for this reason that the documentation on the gold reserves at
Kyzylbulag (13.5 t) was presented to the USSR state commission for
mineral reserves and protected in 1991, which was a most difficult
year for the people of Nagornyy Karabakh. Here one should remember
that the authorities of Soviet Azerbaijan, who had no doubts about the
swift deportation of the Armenians, insisted on a return for the use
of the mine and the foundation there of a dressing combine in
disregard of the position of the state commission which claimed that
there was already a similar factory in the region in Ararat, and there
was no need for another one. Virtually the whole of the powerful Baku
party apparatus was involved in the process of the “technical-economic
basis” for the use of the mine and attracting funds from the
centre. In the end the state commission gave in to the Azerbaijani

Clearly, such activity over the issue of the commissioning of Drmbon
could not occur in past periods of the development of the USSR:
moreover, similar prospecting, carried out for the first time by the
Azerbaijani leadership in 1934, because of the “populating of
Armenians” in the region, was immediately brought to a halt. The
motive for the suspension of the work was the same – “the time is not
right”. The time did come in August 2002, when Base Metals opened in
the already independent NKR, and which, as well as carrying out
geological surveying, also started to build an ore-dressing
combine. By April 2003 the first consignment of ore had been produced,
and the plant’s construction was completed in September. According to
company director Artur Mkrtumyan, the mine’s reserves are such that
industrial activity can be predicted for a period of 20 years. At the
present moment prospecting work is also being carried out in the
region of Tsakhkashen, where there are layers of precious metals.

“Today virtually all the able-bodied population of Drmbon is engaged
at the plant,” one of the workers, Armen Stepanyan, says. “The face of
the village is changing before our eyes and it is growing into a
settlement, providing work not just for us, but also for the people of
the neighbouring areas, as well as Armenian families who have moved to
the NKR. There are now 820 people working at the plant.”

Every month 14,000 tonnes of ore is extracted at the gold and copper
mine, and the same amount is being processed at the plant which works
around the clock in four shifts. The concentrate is in the main sent
to Armenia, from where the gold-bearing copper goes to the European
market. Some 7m dollars have been invested in the development of
Drmbon’s mines. The monthly wages fund is 10m drams.

More jobs and more schools

“The flood of people coming to Drmbon is, of course, great for the
overall economic development of the village,” the school director
says. “Families from Armenia, for example, are renting homes, often
repairing them, from which each villager gains. I am not even speaking
about the work at the plant, where the average wage is over 250
dollars. The strengthening of our area means we can think about
building a new school, because more families are moving to Drmbon.
This work today is being carried out by the All-Armenian Ayastan
foundation. The children of Drmbon will see in the new academic year
in a well-appointed modern school.”

The economic development of Drmbon, of course, annoys Azerbaijan. In
particular, the head of the National Geological Surveying Service of
the Azerbaijani Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Shakhbeddin
Musayev has said more than once that “Armenians should be grateful to
Azerbaijan for carrying out the geological survey work in the Soviet
period and the idea of creating the plant”. At the same time, of
course, he forgets to name the true reasons for Baku’s jealousy
regarding the start of the project at the beginning of the 1990s. He
also draws attention to the “scandalous ecological situation in the
region, which is the consequence of using cheap technology”. A
different view is held by specialists, including specialists from
abroad visiting the mine, who are not afraid of telling Baku that the
technology of the Drmbon mine meets all modern criteria.

BAKU: Azeri party pickets Foreign Ministry over Armenian NATO visit

Azeri party pickets Foreign Ministry over Armenian NATO visit

MPA news agency
2 Aug 04


The United People’s Front of Azerbaijan Party UPFAP picketed the
Foreign Ministry at 1200 local time, 0700 gmt today in connection with
the forthcoming visit to Baku of an Armenian delegation to participate
in regular NATO exercises. MPA reports that despite police opposition
the protesters managed to picket the building and shout slogans for
20-25 minutes. The protesters say that despite the fact they back
Azerbaijan’s pro-West policies and cooperation with NATO, the UPFAP
will protest against any abasement of the republic and the Azerbaijani
people. The pickets demand that the Azerbaijani authorities do not
allow representatives of the occupying Armenian army to come to
Baku. The demand was handed over to Foreign Ministry representatives.

Azerbaijani news agency Turan reported on 30 July that the Baku
mayor’s office had refused to authorize the picket.

Lebanese Christian, Muslim clerics denounce church bombings in Iraq

Lebanese Christian and Muslim clerics denounce church bombings in Iraq

2 Aug 04

BEIRUT, Lebanon

Leading Christian and Muslim clerics on Monday denounced the wave of
church bombings in Iraq as violence that harms both Christians and
Muslims and called for dialogue and solidarity to solve disputes and
prevent such acts in the future.

Lebanese Foreign Minister Jean Obeid also condemned the bombing,
indirectly blaming Israel.

“The results of such attacks are a service to the Israeli project
… which is based on the clash of civilizations, cultures and
religions,” he said.

A series of explosions outside five churches Baghdad and Mosul Sunday
killed at least seven people and injured more than 30 in the first
major assault on Iraq’s Christian minority since the 15-month-old
insurgency began. There was no claim of responsibility, though they
assailants are believed Islamist militants.

“Neither Islam nor Christianity will accept violence as a way to solve
problems,” said Aram I, head of the Armenian Orthodox Church in the

An Armenian church in Baghdad’s Karada neighborhood was one of those
attacked. Iraq has an Armenian community of some 15,000 people.

“Violence in all forms and expressions is against human and religious
values and principles. We have repeatedly stressed the need for
dialogue, solidarity, mutual tolerance, respect and understanding,”
Aram I said in a statement faxed to The Associated Press.

He called on the Iraqi government “to take the necessary measures to
protect the rights and the well being of all the citizens.”

Lebanon’s most senior Shiite Muslim cleric, Grand Ayatollah Hussein
Fadlallah, said the church bombings should be viewed “in a rational
manner away from the emotional instincts,” saying the perpetrators
purpose was to spread sedition between Shiite and Sunni Muslims, and
between Muslims and Christians.

“Our relations as people of the Divine Books make it imperative to
continue to communicate and stand together against the sedition
mongers … those local and those coming from abroad, and those who
bring in with them sedition mongers from the Israeli Mossad
(intelligence),” Fadllalah said in a faxed statement.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Bahrain mulling gas deal with Iran, Qatar: report


Bahrain mulling gas deal with Iran, Qatar: report

02 August 2004

Tehran — Bahrain plans to sign agreements with Iran and Qatar next year for
the purchase of gas, a Bahraini press report said, citing a finance ministry

The projects involve pipe laying under the Persian Gulf, which is expected
to finish by 2009, Bahrain Tribune said on its website, quoting
Undersecretary for Finance and National Economy, Shaikh Ibrahim bin Khalifa

It put the cost of the projects at one billion Bahraini dinars. Shaikh
Ibrahim said talks with Iran and Qatar were `progressing smoothly and would
be completed by the year-end`, Bahrain Tribune said.

It said, “Iran has affirmed its keenness to take part in the joint
investment project and provide investment options.”

The Itar-Tass news agency said last month that Iran had begun building a
140-km-long gas pipeline to Armenia. It said the two countries had signed an
agreement on the project worth around 120 million US dollars in May, when
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh visited Yerevan.

Under its provisions, Iran will be supplying 36 billion cubic meters of
natural gas to Armenia annually from 2007 through 2027. Itar-Tass, citing
OPEC sources in Vienna, said that the pipeline might be used to ship Iranian
gas to Georgia, Ukraine and farther on to Europe in the future.

Tehran has already a multi-billion-dollar contract with neighboring Turkey
to supply gas for 25 years. The gas flow was launched in December 2001 via a
2,577-kilometer pipeline, running from the northeastern city of Tabriz to
Ankara, which supplies gas from southern Iran near the Persian Gulf.

The contract has been a boon to Iran`s bid to become a sustainable gas
supplier to Turkey and Europe.

Looking for alternative markets, Tehran has held talks with the Persian Gulf
littoral states and the Central Asian nations for the sale of gas.

The country sits on the second largest proven gas reserves of the world
after Russia, which has been a headache for Iran by getting into, what is
feared to be, an unnecessary and costly competition.

© IRNA 2004
Article originally published by IRNA 02-Aug-04

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

Armenians lead charge against Sudanese Genocide

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Coordinator of Information Services
Tel: (212) 686-0710 Ext. 60; Fax: (212) 779-3558
E-mail: [email protected]

August 2, 2004


By Jake Goshert

The Armenian Church is taking a leading role in pushing for action to
end the genocide which is beginning in the Sudan.

Bishop Vicken Aykazian, legate and ecumenical officer of the Diocese of
the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), led a protest outside the
Sudanese Embassy in Washington D.C. on Friday, July 23, 2004. He was
joined by religious leaders and supporters from the Armenian Assembly of

“My message was that genocide is not acceptable, especially in the
beginning of the 21st century,” said Bishop Aykazian, who led a prayer
during the protest and also spoke for the group to various media
outlets. “I told them I know what genocide means, because my people
have suffered through genocide. So we ask the authorities and the
people to come together to fight against the genocide.”

Bishop Aykazian, who serves as secretary to the executive committee of
the National Council of Churches (NCC), has talked about the issue with
leaders of that ecumenical body and is one of the organization’s leaders
calling for international action to end the violence in the Sudan, where
the Janjaweed — a government-backed nomadic Arab tribe — has raped,
killed, and burnt the homes of black, non-Arab residents in the nation’s
Darfur region in attempt to get them to leave their lands, which the
Arab government has promised to the mercenaries.

Those able to flee the Sudan have been pouring into neighboring Chad,
where food, water, and shelter are growing scarce. American officials
have unsuccessfully called on Sudan to allow humanitarian aid to flow
into the Darfur area. The Bush administration has already pledged $300
million in aid.

With American pressure, the United Nations Security Council passed a
resolution at the end of July calling for sanctions against Sudan unless
the violence ends. (Sudan was recently elected to a three-year term on
the U.N. Human Rights Commission.)

The violence has already claimed an estimated 50,000 lives and displaced
a million people. During the protest at the Sudanese Embassy, the group
called not only for an end to the violence, but also for humanitarian
aid and financial support for the displaced non-Arab victims.


Right now the activists are struggling on two fronts: to gather
humanitarian assistance and to get the violence to be called genocide.

“According to the experts, it is genocide. It really bothers me when
the authorities and the government do not use the word genocide, because
it is genocide. We have to use the word genocide,” Bishop Aykazian
said. “We have no right to use the word ‘massacres’, because other
nations used that word when talking about the Armenian Genocide, and
that bothers us. So we have to use the word ‘genocide’.”

“Genocide goes beyond violence,” Bishop Aykazian added. “It is not only
killing human beings; it is killing the culture of a nation, of a
minority, of a race. Genocide is the destruction of a group of people
and the destruction of their history.”


The NCC’s executive board passed a resolution on Tuesday, May 18, 2004,
urging member churches to push for cessation of the apparent attempt at
ethnic cleansing in the Darfur region of western Sudan.

The first NCC resolution dealing with the Sudan was approved in 2002.
This recent resolution “affirms and extends” the calls to action made in
the earlier statement of the NCC Executive Board — an 80-member body
representing leaders from the NCC’s 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and
Anglican member churches.

The organization is also raising funds to send supplies of food and
clothing to the refugees streaming out of Sudan and into neighboring

The Eastern Diocese will be raising funds through its local parishes to
provide aid to the victims in the Sudan through the National Council of

“Today it is happening in the Sudan, and tomorrow it can happen in any
part of the world. When you need help, you ask other people to help
you. So make sure when others ask for help you don’t just keep quiet
because you don’t want to put your hands into your pockets,” he said.
“As Armenians especially, we have no right to just keep quiet.”

— 8/2/04

E-mail photos available on request. Photos also viewable in the News
and Events section of the Eastern Diocese’s website,

PHOTO CAPTION (1): Bishop Vicken Aykazian, diocesan legate and
ecumenical officer, leads a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in
Washington, D.C., on Friday, July 23, 2004.

PHOTO CAPTION (2): Dozens of people join Bishop Aykazian in a protest
calling for an end to the genocide in the Sudan.

Lebanese Armenians to help in reconstruction of Karabakh town – web

Lebanese Armenians to help in “reconstruction” of Karabakh town – web site

Azg web site, Yerevan
1 Aug 04

Text of report in English by Armenian newspaper Azg web site on 1
August headlined “Armenians of Lebanon to contribute to Shushi’s

Yesterday 31 July Arkadiy Gukasyan, president of Nagornyy Karabakh,
received Grigor Galust, co-chairman of “Shushi” foundation and
director of Beirut Mesropian College, and Bakur Karapetian, co-chair
of the same foundation and publicist. Galust told Gukasyan that their
visit is aimed to get acquainted to the activities of the foundation
in the issue of Sushi’s Susa reconstruction. Regnum news agency
informed that Galust expressed readiness to assist in the
reconstruction of Karabakh churches on behalf of Nerses Petros XIX,
head of Beirut’s Armenian Apostolic Church.