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ARMENIAN POLITICAL PARTIES IN CYPRUS
CONDEMN KESSAB EVENTS IN A JOINTLY
ORGANISED COMMUNITY GATHERING

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TURKEY'S WAR
AGAINST SYRIA

On March 21st, thousands of Islamist fighters from the Al-Qaeda linked Al-Nusra Front and the Saudi/Qatari backed Salafi Islamic Front seized the historic village of Kessab. A Christian village, populated almost entirely by Armenians, Kessab is in the Syrian province of Latakia, on the Mediterranean coast by the Turkish border. Almost all of Kessab's 2000 residents fled 35 miles southwards to Latakia city, aided by units of the Syrian army. Despite denials by the Turkish regime, it is clear that the attack was launched from Turkey. Local villagers, as well as the Syrian army, reported mortar shells and gunfire coming from the Turkish border. On the Turkish side, locals reported seeing thousands of fighters crossing the border at multiple points. Two days later, a Syrian reconnaissance plane flying a support mission over Kessab to assist Syrian ground forces was shot down by Turkish fighter jets. Turkey claimed that the Syrian plane had violated Turkish airspace.
These are just the latest incidents in a relentless Turkish-backed campaign against the Assad regime. From within Turkish borders, rebels and foreign fighters from Europe and Central Asia launch attacks and the CIA runs weapons and ammunitions trafficking. In a report published on April 6th, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh even claimed that Turkey was behind the Ghouta chemical weapons attack in August 2013. This was the 'humanitarian crisis' event that the Euro-Atlanticist war party hoped to convert into a full blown military campaign against Syria.

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Amberin Zaman, the Economist Correspondent for Turkey, just returned from the Turkish-Syrian border and talks about the thoughts and emotions there, as well as the response of Turkish policy and opinion makers to the attack on Kesab, Syria.
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TURKEY "AIDED ISLAMIST FIGHTERS"
IN ATTACK ON SYRIAN TOWN

Rebels and eye-witnesses claim that Turkish authorities allowed fighters to enter Syria through a strategic border post to carry out assault on Armenian town of Kessab.
For the Telegraph by Ruth Sherlock in Beirut - 14 April 2014 - Turkey facilitated an attack carried out by Islamist fighters against the Armenian town of Kessab inside Syria, eyewitnesses have told the Telegraph.
In an operation that was months in the planning, Turkish authorities gave rebel groups the mandate they needed to attack, allowing them access through a heavily militarised Turkish border post, whose location was strategically vital to the success of the assault.
"Turkey did us a big favour," said a Syrian activist with the rebel group, whose name the Telegraph knows but has been asked not to reveal. "They allowed our guys to enter from their border post.
"We needed to hit the regime from different sides and this was the only way from near the coast, so it was a big help."
Kessab, the ancestral home of the Armenian ethnic minority in Syria, which had remained relatively sheltered from the conflict in Syria.
Residents were woken on the morning of the attack, on March 21, to screams and cries.
"We woke to the sounds of the shelling. There was no time even to get dressed," remembered Bedros, 45, an Armenian resident who asked not to be identified by his real name. "I grabbed my wife and my children. We had no time to take our things. Some people fled in their night gowns."
Two days later Kessab was in the hands of an alliance of Islamist groups, including the jihadist Jabhat al-Nusra, aligned with al-Qaeda. Almost all of the villages approximately 2,000 inhabitants had fled.
The night of the attack a relative of Bedros had gone to one of the main border posts with Turkey, which is only lightly armed with Syrian troops, reportedly because of an agreement signed decades before the war.
"By the time he arrived the attack had begun. He saw the Islamist fighters standing with the Turkish army. They started launching their shells from the border".
The Turkish Foreign Ministry has issued a statement stating that the claims that the government aided the opposition in the attack are "totally unfounded and untrue".
However, the findings of investigation by Human Rights Watch (HRW), which included interviews with local eye-witnesses, directly contradict this claim.
"It is not feasible that these groups could have crossed into Syria from where they did without the knowledge of the Turks," Lama Fakih, the Syria and Lebanon researcher at HRW told the Telegraph.
"One of the areas they used was an official border crossing that residents say has a Turkish military presence."
The entry through the Kessab border crossing allowed the rebels to attack the Syrian military positions near village from several sides, making it key to the rebel assault.
Rebel groups had wanted to attack Kessab for a long time, said the female activist, but Turkey had previously denied them access.
"In the past the Turks refused to give us passage, because they said that in order to succeed in the attack we needed to be united," she said, referring to the battles that took place at the end of last year between the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and other rebel groups in the area.
The attack on Kessab sparked dark memories of the Ottoman massacres for its inhabitants, and a hysterical flurry across social media from pro-government sources claiming horrific massacres in the town.
Residents themselves brought up memories of massacres in 1909, and the genocide in 1915, when Kessab villagers were slaughter in their thousands by the Ottomans.
"We always thought the Turks would attack us one day," said Bedros, the fellow family members who he is sharing his new lodgings in Lebanon, nodding as he spoke. "And with the attack on Kessab it was clear that Turkey helped. The attackers came from Turkish territory."
Kessab was however the Syrian regime's 'Achilles heel' in the well defended coastal province of Latakia, where many Alawites, the same religious minority as President Assad, live.
Al-Nusra and the Islamic Front have pushed deeper into the terrain, taking control of Samra, giving them access to the coastline and engaging in fierce battles for 'observatory 45', the highest mountain point in the area, and a strategically vital military position.
"You can see why we needed to take Kessab," said Dr Mahmoud, diplomacy envoy for the Islamic Front. "You can see what has happened. Now the regime is very very afraid."

TURKISH, GREEK AND ARMENIAN CYPRIOTS HONOUR MUSIC MASTER VAHAN BEDELIAN

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KALFAYAN EXHIBITION
OPENS AT LEVENTION

An exhibition entitled “Aspects of Armenian Art - The Kalfayan Collection” was inaugurated at the The Leventis Municipal Museum on Monday, April 7, at 7.30pm by Nicosia Mayor Constantinos Yiorkadjis, the Chairman of the AG Leventis Foundation, Anastasios Pavlos Leventis, and the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament, Vartkes Mahdessian.
The exhibition showcases aspects of Armenian art, from the late 16th century to the 19th century, with artifacts of unique historical and artistic value from the collection of the Kalfayan family. It also incorporates relics from the Armenian Prelature in Cyprus.
The collection includes rare ecclesiastical and secular objects such as handwritten manuscripts, fabrics and textiles, excellent quality ceramics of the Kϋtahyan style, Chinese porcelain objects, and other items that bring to light multidimensional sides and aspects of Armenian culture. The objects either belonged to Armenians or they were made by Armenian artists and artisans. Many of the exhibits were donations to churches.
The exhibition will remain open until June 30.

MESSAGE FROM REPRESENTATIVE SCHIFF TO TURKS ACROSS THE WORLD ON ARMENIAN GENOCIDE ANNIVERSARY

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MP VARTKES MAHDESSIAN ADDRESSES ARMENIAN GENOCIDE COMMEMORATIVE SESSION
OF THE CYPRUS PARLIAMENT

The Representative of the Armenian community MP Vartkes Mahdessian addressed the Cyprus Parliament this morning at a special commemorative session on the occasion of the 99th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. After Mr. Mahdessian’s address the members of the Parliament honored the memory of the innocent victims with a one minute silence.

ARMENIA'S ARTUR ALEKSANYAN DEFEATS TURKISH OPPONENT IN THE FINALS OF EUROPEAN WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Armenia’s Greco-Roman wrestler Artur Aleksanyan defeated his Turkish opponent Cenk Ildem in the finals of the 2014 European Wrestling Championships in Vantaa, Finland, to claim the continent’s title for the third time in his career. The 22-year-old defeated rivals from Ukraine, Croatia, Germany, Norway and Turkey.
Another Armenian Greco-Roman wrestler Arsen Julfalakyan (75 kg) won a silver medal at the same championships. In the final fight the 26-year-old Armenian lost to Russia’s Alexander Chekirski 3-4. On the way to the final Julfalakyan beat representatives of Croatia, Austria, Sweden and Denmark.
Earlier, Armenia’s freestyle wrestler Grigor Grigoryan (71 kg) won a silver medal, while Garik Barseghyan (57 kg) and Musa Murtazaliyev (86 kg) won bronze medals.

Gibrahayer Calendar

► Wednesday 23 April at 6:00 pm - Genocide Commemoration march from Nicosia centre, which begins at the Parking area opposite Zena Palace on Makarios III Avenue, towards Armenia street. At 7:00 pm the march continues on Armenia street towards the Genocide Memorial where a Hsgoum will take place at the Genocide Memorial at 7:30 pm. Speaker of the day European Parliament member Dr. Eleni Theocharous.
► Thursday 24 April at 10:00 am - Divine Liturgy and memorial service for 1,500,000 victims of the Armenian Genocide at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Nicosia.
► Thursday 24 April at 7:00 pm at the Goethe-Institut in Nicosia - "Ashes and Phoenix“ Documentary film about the German theologian and orientalist Dr. Johannes Lepsius (1858-1926), whose name is connected with the history of the Armenian people. Admission: Free. Film language: German with English subtitles.
► Saturday, 26 April 2014, from 3pm – 6pm - Blood Donation at Nareg Elementary School in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
► Saturday 26 April at 4:00 pm - Event dedicated to Gomidas Vartabed organised by AGBU Nicosia.
► Sunday 27 April , AT 4.00pm - The Armenian Club of Larnaca presents AYC Youth Choir of Hamazkayn Educational & Cultural Society of Lebanon at the Municipal Theatre of Larnaca, under the patronage of the Honourable Mayor of Larnaca Andreas Louroutziatis. Artistic Director and Conductor Maestro Zakar Keshishian. Piano: Kamila Keshishian.
► Sunday 4 May at 7:00 pm - Hamazkayin's Oshagan Cyprus Chapter's "Timag" Theatre Group presents "Trakhdi Jampan Kidek?" at Pallas Theatre (not PASIDY). Written and directed by Natasha Tavoukjian.
► Saturday 10 May at 7:00 pm - Hamazkayin Sipan Dance Ensemble and Nanor Junior Dance Ensemble annual performance at Strovolos Municipal Theatre. Artistic Director Bedros Gharibian.
► Friday 16 May - Public debate entitled "The Armenian Question today" organised by The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus.
► Sunday 18 May - Pilgrimage to Saint Magar Monastery organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
► Saturday 15 November – Inka and Anush Arshakyan perform at the Strovolos Municipal Hall. The event is organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
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YURI MARCHES TO ROUND THREE IN "VOICE" TV SHOW WITH A STUNNING PERFORMANCE OF "SHE'S A LADY"

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PALM SUNDAY IN CYPRUS

Armenian Prelature of Cyprus - Last Sunday, April 13, was Palm Sunday (Dzaghgazart) which commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the beginning of Holy Week. Dzaghgazart, (the literal translation to English is “decorated with flowers”) is celebrated by Armenians as the Day of Blessing the Children, in memory of the fact that during the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, children were rejoicing and crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David.”
On this Sunday our Churches are decorated with palm leaves and at the end of the service olive branches are distributed to the worshipers. The olive branch is a symbol of wisdom, peace, victory and glory.
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EDMOND AYNEDJIAN WINS PANCYPRIAN UNDER 18 SINGLES TENNIS TITLE

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Tennis Zone - 16 year old Edmond Aynedjian is the new under 18 Singles Tennis title holder. Three months after winning the under 16 National Championships, Edmond - now playing in the U18 category - won the prestigious Pancyprian Field Club Tournament.
Ranked 17 prior to the tournament, Edmond Aynedjian defeated seeded 2 Tasos Rousos in the final, after erasing a 0-4, and 2-6 deficit against him and running out winner of the finals, in a three hour final 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Along the way to the Final, Edmond defeated two more top seeds, Andreas Kazamias by 6-1, 6-4 and George Christodoulou, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. These were his first ever wins against both players.
Edmond Aynedjian, partnered with George Christodoulou also snatched the under 18 Doubles Championship in a final that was decided over three tie breaks.
Another Gibrahay, former Cyprus Davis Cup star and last year's veteran no. 20 in the world Haig Ashdjian (picture below), won in style, both the +45 singles and +45 Doubles titles.
While our Armenian Cypriot tennis players were winning a record of four championship titles in a single afternoon on Saturday 5 April, Tennis Zone Academy won a third title the following day, when Christos Kyrillou won a dramatic third set tie breaker to take the under 16 event against Christos Fakontis.
To comments made to the Cypriot press, Tennis Zone Academy's Director Simon Aynedjian attributed these successes to the quality of program and the commitement by the players, praising Head Coach Akis Asproftas for his outstanding and unparallel contribution into making good players, into champions.
"In life and on court, we are judged by our results and almost nothing else matters. If we were to bring this ethic in our lives, we would be more successful as people, as institutions, as communities and as a society in general" concluded Aynedjian.
A heavy tournament program locally and abroad awaits our Champions in the coming months, the first being and international under 18 tournament in May in Bolis-Turkey.
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