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DESPITE "CEASEFIRE", SHELLING AND
FIGHTING ALONG THE ARTSAKH
BORDER WITH AZERBAIJAN CONTINUE

 

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ARMENIAN CYPRIOTS TAKE THE STREETS IN SUPPORT OF THE STRUGGLING PEOPLE OF
ARTSAKH AND TO COMMEMORATE THE 101st ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

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Silva Makamian's Angelic voices performed at Finikoudes in Larnaca on the ocassion of the
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Nareg Cycling Club organised a 50km ride in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide on Sunday 24th April with the slogan "kathe petalo foros timis".
The ride started at the Genocide Memorial passed by Tseri, Marki, Nisou, Latsia and returned to the Genocide Memorial at 11:30. In a small ceremony at the end, Khachik Kelendjian thanked all the participants and his co-organizers Parsy Zartarian and Vicken Sarkissian. The main speaker was Vartkes Mahdessian,
Representative of the Armenian Community in the House of Parliament, who welcomed the cyclists and congratulated them for their symbolic ride.
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THE THREE ARMENIAN POLITICAL
PARTIES ORGANISE A PRESS CONFERENCE
IN CYPRUS IN SOLIDARITY WITH ARTSAKH

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from left to right: Assadour Devletian (Ramgavar Party), Kevork Zeitountsian (Henchakian Party) and Hagop Manougian (Dashnaktsoutiun Party)

www.artsakank.com.cy - (images click here) On Wednesday 27 April, a press conference was organised in Nicosia, presenting the latest criminal events that threaten the existence of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic (Artsakh) and the prevalent tyrannical intentions of their Azeri perpetrators.
The press conference was the initiative of the Cyprus committees of the three Armenian political parties, SD Henchak, ARF Dashnaktsoutiun and ADL Ramgavar.
During the press conference, which took place in the Reporters’ Home in Nicosia, the representatives of the Coordinating Body of the Armenian political parties in Cyprus presented the fierce violation of the ceasefire agreement by the offensive Azerbaijani side, as well as the violent killings committed against the unarmed Armenian population, including children and the elderly.
Members in the panel explained that these appalling events prove once more, that the safety of the lives of Artsakh Armenians cannot be guaranteed, if it is under Azerbaijani administration.
Photos and news about the details of the violent events were distributed to the press, radio and TV media, stressing the fact that the Armenians of the Diaspora will always support the struggle of the heroic people of Artsakh, so that they live in peace and gain the just and permanent right to self-determination.

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CYPRUS MINISTRY OF FOREIGN
AFFAIRS ACCUSES AZERBAIJAN
FOR VIOLATING THE ARMISTICE

The Government of the Republic of Cyprus monitors closely the worrying developments in Nagorno-Karabagh / Artsakh, following the violations of the armistice line from Azerbaijani military forces. We denounce the use of force and the loss of life, particularly civilian casualties, and we urge Azerbaijan to respect the status quo ante. There is no alternative to the peaceful settlement of the conflict and the Cypriot Government highlights the important role of the OSCE Minsk Group and the three co-Chairs towards this end. At the same time, we urge Turkey to refrain from any activities and statements that further destabilize the unfolding situation.

 

MEP Eleni Theocharous condemns
Azeri military actions against Artsakh
and calls for international response

In an exclusive interview with Nvard Chalikyan from Panorama.am, Member of the European Parliament Eleni Theocharous has made the following statement regarding Azerbaijan’s recent aggression against the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic.
“I condemn the recent heinous provocative military actions along the borders of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan, which were organized and conducted by the government of
Azerbaijan, against the people of Nagorno-Karabakh.
The all-out attack by the Azerbaijani army has undermined the on-going efforts regarding a
peace initiative by the OSCE Minsk Group.
The Armenians have the legal, political and ethical duty to defend Nagorno-Karabakh and the people living there.
I would like to express my condolences to the victims’ families of the attacks against the
Armenian civilian population, which resulted in casualties which included children too.
I commit myself to work for the peaceful resolution of the conflict, safeguarding and respecting democratic values and principles of human rights.
The large-scale attacks against Nagorno-Karabakh breached the cease-fire agreement of 1994 and put the stability and peace of the greater Caucasus region at a high risk.
The international community should not turn a blind eye to the continuing violations of ceasefire anymore. It has the ethical obligation to intervene immediately, in order to put an end to the bloody clashes along the frontiers of Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
These diplomatic efforts should be based on the legal and political principle of “status quo
ante”. This is a political and legal recipe which can lead to a constructive and effective
diplomatic outcome.
The international community, and particularly the EU, bear their own political and legal responsibilities, because they never intensified their efforts towards a comprehensive and democratic solution, in line with the right of self-determination.
An unresolved and “orphaned” dormant conflict turned into a nightmare overnight, with catastrophic consequences.
The international community does not have time to lose any more. We should all work constructively to prevent the escalation of the crisis and we should all intensify our efforts to
stop the conflict and the loss of human life.
At the same time, we should help Azerbaijan to speed up its reforms, in order to establish a democratic political society which will be to the benefit of its citizens. The establishment of a democratic political society will constitute one of the main parameters for finding a viable
solution to the problem of Nagorno-Karabakh.”

GIBRAHAY DELEGATION PETITIONS SECURITY
COUNCIL FIVE PERMANENT MEMBERS ON
RECENT AZERI AGGRESSION IN ARTSAKH

Armenian Delegation visit to the Russian Ambassador to Cyprus  re Nagorno Karabagh issue 11.04.2016

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ACTIVIST GEORGE CLOONEY LEADS
THE GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY
COMMEMORATIONS IN YEREVAN

Academy-Award winning actor and humanitarian George Clooney and legendary Armenian singer Charles Aznavour joined Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan and First Lady Rita Sargsyan in paying respects to the victims of the Armenian Genocide at Dzidzernagapert on April 24.
They were joined by leading humanitarians, genocide survivors, and honorary guests who had arrived in Yerevan for the inaugural ceremony of the Aurora Prize awards that are taking place this weekend.
Clooney laid flowers at the eternal flame, joined by Sargsyan and others. He also visited the Armenian Genocide Museum.
The Hollywood actor arrived in Armenia on April 22 to participate in the Aurora Prize Award ceremony, which recognizes individuals and organizations for the exceptional impact their actions have made on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes.
During the Second Global Forum against the crime of Genocide on April 23, Clooney said that the Armenian Genocide is not just part of Armenian history, it’s not the pain of a particular country or people, it’s part of world history, reported Armradio.
Clooney spoke about genocide recognition, calling it a long struggle. “One cannot deny what has happened,” he reportedly said, adding, “When someone is trying to annihilate a whole human race, culture, people, that’s genocide, there can be no other version of it.”
Clooney is a member of the Aurora Prize Selection Committee, which also includes Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel, Oscar Arias, Shirin Ebadi and Leymah Gbowee; former President of Ireland Mary Robinson; human rights activist Hina Jilani; former Australian Foreign Minister and President Emeritus of the International Crisis Group Gareth Evans; and President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York Vartan Gregorian.

 

ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATED IN TURKEY

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TURKISH CYPRIOT YENI KIBRIS PARTY
DELEGATION VISITS ARMENIAN CENTER

www.artsakank.com.cy - A delegation of Yeni Kibris (New Cyprus) Party (YKP) visited the Homenetmen – AYMA Armenian community center and met with representatives of ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Committee, Homenetmen – AYMA and Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association on Tuesday 19 April 2016.
They discussed issues of mutual concern, the prospects of a peaceful settlement of the Cyprus problem to which they re-iterated their commitment. They decided to enhance on a broader level, an exemplary living and working relationship between Turkish-Cypriots and Armenian-Cypriots, which was terminated by invasion and division.
They decided to organise an event in the old Armenian neighbourhood in occupied Nicosia which will take place in 2016. Participating in the meeting were Yeni Kibris Party General Secretary Murat Kanatli as well as YKP Council members Hamit Aygun and Mehmet Karadal and from the Armenian Cypriot side, Simon Aynedjian, Hagop Kazandjian, Arto Tavitian and Lena Bahadourian.

 

I APOLOGISE by Mine Balman

Whatever the official history says, the genocide in 1915 caused a strong intersection of the Turkish Cypriots and Armenians in Cyprus. Although the meaning is lost on many of us today, we have been sharing the same land, breathing the same air, drinking the same water and eating the same bread with Armenian Cypriots since the 6th century and onwards. The Lusignan Kings were known to wear the crown of Jerusalem, Cyprus and Armenia. In addition, from the 12th till the 16th centuries, one of the official languages ​​of the island was Armenia during the Lusignan and Venetian Periods. Recognised as an ethnic group were Armenians during the Ottoman rule. During the Ottoman period, between 1894-1896, 1909 and 1915-1923, Abdul Hamid and the Committee of Union and Progress (Union and Progress) being carried out massacres and deportations against the Armenians living in Anatolia. The Armenians fled and sought refuge in Cyprus. This is how the increased population of Armenian Cypriots in the mid-afternoon. Over 10,000 Armenians, who were survivors of a near death experience, were forced to take refuge in the Armenian monasteries in Helevga and Nicosia. Some of the Armenians stayed in the island whereas some of them migrated to various countries, using the island as a place of transit. Within the legal framework of the Republic of Cyprus, which was founded in 1960, Armenians chose to be defined as a religious group under Greek Cypriots and achieved them the right to be represented in the Parliament by one representative. The first and second generation Armenian Cypriots settled down in Limassol, Famagusta, Larnaca and mainly in Victoria Street, also known as the Armenian Street, in the neighbourhood of Nicosia Arabahmet.
On the back cover of feelings book, the writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez Explains how feelings book, "Hundred Years of Solitude", came about: "My grandmother used to tell me about the most atrocious things without turning a hair. I sense in that it was each impassive manner and her wealth of images that made all stories so credible. I wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude using my grandmother's method. I knew ordinary people who read this novel with great attention and pleasure and were not surprised. They were not surprised, because I did not tell them anything new about life. "
After the Balkan War and during the World War II, the Committee of Union and Progress (The Union and Progress) adopted a major policy change and aimed to establish a nation-state on the piece of land that remained from the Ottoman Empire. Since Armenians were seen as the main obstacle, the Anatolia Armenians had to be completely eliminated. Those who survived this brutal policy took refuge in Cyprus. The personal and business relationships between Turkish speaking fluent Armenian Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots were pretty good. However, history repeated itself for the Armenian Cypriots. On 21st of December 1963, the Started inter-communal conflict between the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots. Armenian Cypriots, who were mainly living in Arabahmet neighbourhood and in the neighbourhoods such as Köşklüçiftlik and the Karamanzade, where the majority of the occupants were Turkish Cypriots, were forced to leave their homes by the Turkish Cypriot underground organization TMT and migrated to the Greek Cypriots' neighbourhoods. It was not a matter of Whether they were our neighbours or not. According to the official Turkish history, Armenians were treacherous people and as they were Christians like Greek Cypriots, they should not be allowed to live with us anymore! After the conflict in 1963 took over Nicosia, on 19th of January 1964, the Armenian Cypriots were forced to leave their homes in the Turkish Cypriot neighbourhoods. Some Armenian Cypriots who tried to return to their homes in the February-March 1964, received letters from TMT, threatening them to leave their homes in three hours. It was understood that it was impossible for the Armenian Cypriots to return to their homes are and nothing would be the same anymore. Similar to the grandmother of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, my grandmother was also telling me stories which were about the friendship of Armenian Cypriot neighbours who were living in Köşklüçiftlik. She was telling me that the neighbourhood was mixed and beautiful with inhabitants of Turkish Cypriots, Greek Cypriots and Armenian Cypriots, how they share in Paskas (Easter) and Bairams (E) and how Armenian Cypriots were speaking fluent Turkish. Also, how they had to take shelter at night at the Armenian Church, in our neighbourhood, because of the intimidation and oppression and how they had to escape to the other side of the "border" and never returned. I always wondered; what the Armenian Cypriots felt about the second exile that they experienced because of the Turkish Cypriots. Around 1966, the "borders" were opened so that they could enter to Armenian Cypriots to the Turkish Cypriot administrated region and they were given the opportunity to sell on their property for very cheap prices. We have to admit that the first seeds of looting were laid before the 1974 in the late 1960s. Even today, people tell how they bought the beautiful Armenian Cypriot's houses for very cheap prices. In particular, the Turkish Cypriot bourgeoisie used the opportunity of exile of Armenian Cypriots by TMT in economic gain. Same as the Turkish bourgeoisie profited from the properties and possessions of the Armenian in Anatolia.
I grew up with bitterness and shame in my heart and always wanted to meet with Armenian Cypriots and hear them the stories from Anatolia and Cyprus after the borders opened in 2004. I met many Armenian Cypriots including our old neighbours from Köşklüçiftlik. While writing this article, I once again went through Oran's book entitled " Deportation Memories of a Child Named MK" , which was based on the transcription of the sound recordings of Manuel Kırkyaşary that. He was an Anatolian Armenian who also used Cyprus as a transit. When we are surrounded with so much pain and suffering, it would only be selfish to turn a blind eye to these stories!
A sincere confrontation with the past is important and necessary in order to establish peace in our country. If the aim and struggle is to live in peace altogether as different ethnic groups, an apology for the Armenian Cypriots is compulsory for the forced exile caused by TMT in 1964 and the ignorance of the Turkish Cypriots since then! As Turkish Cypriots, we either forced or Armenian Cypriot neighbours to migrate from them to the homes and / or did nothing to stop the TMT 51 years ago. Also neither of the 1960s, nor after the division of island in 1974, nor the period until today, none of the politicians acknowledged he apologized to the Armenian Cypriots. However, it should be easier for the Turkish Cypriots, who were forced to migrate more than once and lost everything during the war, to empathise with the Armenian Cypriots. Moreover, Turkish Cypriots who like emphasizing the fact that they were forced to migrate and lost everything during the war, looting and migration used for financial gain. When the same happens to someone else, we should be the last people on earth to turn a blind eye to Armenians' sufferings!
As Gabriel Garcia Marquez described, there might be people who will not be surprised when they read this article, since it does not explain is something new in their lives. When the insensitivity of the people in my country is added to the hundred years of solitude in Anatolia, one can remain breathless!
I apologize for the forced deportation of Armenian Cypriots by TMT and the ignorance of the people at the land where I live! I apologize for transforming the Armenian Church in Köşklüçiftlik to a private residence and transforming the Armenian Evangelical Church to a Handcrafts Cooperative without showing any respect. I apologize for the late restoration of the Armenian Monastery on the Victoria Street, the abandonment and destruction of the Monastery at Halevga, changing the Victoria Street's name. Most importantly, I sincerely apologize for removing inhumanly your tracks from your homes and neighbourhoods!

 

BOOK LAUNCH “THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE THROUGH THE CYPRIOT PRESS 1914-1923″

The book “The Armenian Genocide through the Cypriot press 1914-1923, with reference to earlier massacres” was presented on Wednesday, 20 April 2016 at the UNESCO Amphitheatre of the University of Nicosia. The bilingual book was edited by researcher-scholar Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra and was published by the Armenian Genocide 100th Anniversary Commemoration Committee of Cyprus, with the financial support of the Armenian Prelature of Cyprus, Representative Vartkes Mahdessian, AGBU Cyprus, Homenetmen-AYMA, the family of Manuel Kouyoumdjian, Kevork & Anahid Zartarian, Artin Anmahouni and Sebouh Armenakian.

The presentation started with a greeting by Representative Mahdessian, followed with poem readings by Varteni Kassabian-Gostanian, Marianna Keshishian and Nayiri Mouradian. Afterwards, Dr. Emilios Solomou, Director of the UNESCO Chair and co-ordinator of the project, presented the book, positioning its contents within the social, historical and political context of the Armenian Genocide and the reality of Cyprus at the time. The book launch was concluded with the reading of extracts from the book by Georgia Nicolaou and Gregoria-Erasmia Thomadaki, the two students who undertook the archival research under the supervision of Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra, who also selected the most relevant articles and undertook their translation into Modern Greek and English, with the assistance of Aris Utidjian, Sebouh Tavitian and Betty and Parsegh Zartarian.

This volume, covering 371 pages, is unique in that it contains newspaper articles contemporary to the Hamidian massacres (1894-1896), the Adana massacre (1909), the year 1914 and the Armenian Genocide (1915-1923). All the material was obtained from the digitised newspapers’ archive of the Press and Information Office and the whole process started in the spring of 2014. The information contained in the book is invaluable, accompanied with a comprehensive chronology of events, a map showing the main massacre sites and death march routes, an appendix on the recognition of the Genocide and photographs by the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan.

This hardcover volume is sold at an affordable price (€25) at the Armenian Prelature and the Office of the Armenian MP in Nicosia and it is well-worth the read! It is definitely a major reference material for further research on the issue of the Armenian Genocide and Cyprus.

 

VARTKES MAHDESSIAN
ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY
TO CYPRUS PARLIAMENT

On Wednesday 4 May 2016 at 10.30 am, the Representative of the Armenian Community Vartkes Mahdessian, officially submitted his candidacy for a third term at the Ministry of Interior. His candidacy was supported by Dr. Armig Nadjarian-Livie, Yeghia Boyadjian, Abraham Yacoubian and Hovig Demirdjian.
After submitting his candidacy Vartkes Mahdessian said that he would like to reassure everyone that he will continue to work with commitment and impartiality, giving his best in promoting not only the interests of our community but those of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.

 

Next community event on the calendar

 

"Movses Khorenatsi" Medal from the
President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan

During his official visit to the Cyprus Republic of Armenia President Serzh Sargsyan granted the "Movses Khorenatsi" medal to Simon Aynedjian for his "outstanding pro-Armenian activities and remarkable contributions to the strengthening of Armenia-Diaspora relations."

News in Brief

Genocide march in Larnaca - click here
► April 24 in Sourp Stepanos Church in Larnaca - click here
► SIPAN dancers getting ready for the May 7 performance - click here
► Paylan Says he was Attacked in Parliament for Being Armenian click here

Gibrahayer Calendar
Saturday 7 May at 7:00pm - Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus “Oshagan” Chapter’s "SIPAN" Dance Ensemble and "NANOR" Junior Dance Group Annual Dance Performance - at Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia.
Sunday 8 May - Pilgrimage to Magaravank. Contact the Armenian Prelature on 22493560 until Thursday 5 May by providing your ID details.
Wednesday 11 at 8:00pm – Solidarity Event on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi at Nareg Hall in Nicosia organised jointly by Henchagian, Dashnaktsoutiun and Ramgavar committees of Cyprus.
Saturday 14 May - Herissa Preparation for Sourp Magar Day.
Sunday 15 May - Sourp Magar Day.
Sunday 22 May – Cyprus Parliamentary elections.
Friday 27 May – Commemoration of Armenian Independence at Homenetmen – AYMA. Details to be announced.
Wednesday, 1 June - Marzahantes at Nareg school.
Sunday June 5 at 6:00pm - Hamazkayin “Sipan” Dance Ensemble's performance at Lanition Gymnasium, Limassol.
Friday 10 June to 10 July - Soccer Euro 2016. Watch every game at Homenetmen AYMA.
Sunday 26 June - Sourp Badarak, 20th anniversary for Aram Vehapar.
Sunday July 24 - Khanasor Commemoration in Platania. Program by AYF Badanegan.
Saturday 13 – Sunday 21 August – AYF Badanegan Camp in Troodos-(date not final)
Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 August - AYF International Youth Camp in Platres - Cyprus. Details to follow.

 

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CHAMPION ANTRANIK SARKIS ASHDJIAN

After qualifying first in the Nicosia Games, Antranik Sarkis Ashdjian won Gold with a 4:14 jump, in the Pan-Cyprian Championships for age group 2006. Congratulations to a promising athlete of our community ! BRAVO !
 

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