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GIBRAHAY CALENDAR OF CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIONS ANNOUNCED

ARMENIAN PARLIAMENT SPEAKER TO KICK START THE COMMEMORATION EVENTS ON THURSDAY 2 APRIL AT THE CYPRUS PARLIAMENT. THE EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

► Thursday, 2 April at 10:00am - at Cleopatra Hotel: Official ceremony presenting the joint issue by the Republics of Armenia and Cyprus, of the commemorative stamp marking the centenary of the Armenian Genocide and featuring the Melkonian Educational Institute. The ceremony will be attended by the Presidents of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus as well as the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian. The event is open to the public.
► Thursday, 2 April at 4:00pm - at the House of Representatives: Address of the President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. Annual address of the Armenian Representative in the House of Representatives. The event is open to the public.
► Friday, 3 April at 6:00pm - Famagusta Gate Exhibition Hall: Joint exhibition of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus, with the cooperation of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute of the
Republic of Armenia. The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Presidents of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and the House of Representatives of the Republic of Cyprus as well as the Armenian Representative in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian. The exhibition will remain open to the public until the 15th of April.
► Saturday, 18 April at 7:00pm at Pallas Hall: Theatrical performance in Armenian of the play “All rise, the court is in session” based on the trial of Soghomon Tehlirian. Presented by the “Timag” theatrical group of the Hamazkayin Cultural Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter.
► Friday, 24 April at 6:00pm - Nicosia City Centre: Procession from Nicosia city centre (opposite Zena Palace parking lot) to the Limassol Avenue/Armenias Street junction and then at 
► 6:45 pm along Armenias street to the Armenian Cathedral in Acropolis. Laying of wreaths and flowers at the Genocide martyrs’ memorial monument, followed by Holy Liturgy.
► Saturday, 25 April at 4:00pm at Nareg School Nicosia: Blood donation until 7:00 pm.
► Thursday, 30 April at 8:00pm at Strovolos Municipal Theatre: Main commemoration of the Genocide centenary.
► Sunday 10 May - Pilgrimage to Saint Magar Monastery (Magaravank) organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
► Sunday, 17 May at 6:00pm at Strovolos Municipal Theatre: A programme of Armenian dances dedicated to the Genocide centenary and performed by the “Sipan” and “Nanor” dance ensembles.
► Monday, 18 May 8:15pm at University of Cyprus Hall (75 Kallipoleos Street): “A hundred years after: new aspects of the Armenian Genocide ”Lecture by the famous Turkish historian and Genocide researcher Taner Akçam, organized jointly with the University of Cyprus.
► Friday, 12 June 8:30pm - at the University of Nicosia Amphitheatre: Nouné Yessayan concert dedicated to the Armenian Genocide.
► 16 - 20 July Antelias, Lebanon Centenary Pilgrimage.
► 2 - 13 August - Armenia Participation of Armenian Cypriot sportsmen and teams in the
6th Panarmenian Games.
► Thursday, 22 October 8:30pm at Markidion Theatre, Paphos: The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Haig Utidjian, performs works of Richard Strauss and Gomidas in a concert dedicated to the Genocide centenary.
► Friday, 23 October 8:30pm Pallas Theatre, Nicosia: The Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Haig Utidjian, performs works of Richard Strauss and Gomidas in a concert dedicated to the Genocide centenary.

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT URGES EU STATES
TO RECOGNIZE THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

STRASBOURG - The European Parliament on Thursday approved its Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World, in which it urged all European countries to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
“Ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, [the European Parliament calls] on all the Member States legally to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition,” paragraph 77 of the report states.
In welcoming the adoption of the report, the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy said it expects the European Union to put pressure on Turkey and urge that country to recognize the Genocide.
“The EAFJD welcomes the resolution adopted today by the European Parliament, which puts Human Rights on top of almost all negotiations with third parties and countries. We were expecting this report since a few years now, when the post of the European Union Special Representative for Human Rights was created, to advance European Union values during negotiations, be it on foreign policy, trade, energy or any other cooperation with third countries,” said a statement issued by the advocacy group on Thursday.
“It should also be noted, that all vulnerable groups, minorities and peoples are being protected under this resolution, which is immensely necessary in these times of racism, xenophobia, and the turmoil in the Middle East, the European Neighborhood and the World as a whole,” concluded the EAFJD statement.
Last week, the Political Assembly of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political group in the European Parliament, adopted a resolution condemning the Armenian Genocide, and calling on Turkey to recognize it.
The resolution entitled ‘The Armenian Genocide, Turkish Responsibility, and European Values’ reaffirms EPP’s “recognition and condemnation of the Genocide and Great National Dispossession of the Armenian people on the eve of its 100th Anniversary on 24 April 2015”. The resolution emphasizes the incontrovertible evidence documented in the archives of several western states, including Germany, United Kingdom, USA, France, that the “Armenian Genocide… was perpetuated by the Young Turk Government in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.“ The resolution also criticizes the destruction of thousands of Armenian cultural monuments in Turkey.
The largest political group of the European Parliament calls on Turkey inter alia “to face history and finally recognize the ever-present reality of the Armenian Genocide”, “make restitution appropriate for a European country, including but not limited to ensuring a right of return of the Armenian people to, and a secure reconnection with, their national hearth…”

EUROPEAN MP ELENI THEOCHAROUS:
"I FELT ARMENIAN AGAIN"

I felt Armenian again!
Deeply moved, with nostalgic and painful memories and my endless admiration for that incredible tenacity of the Armenian people to hope, to fight and to resist the insatiable Turkish expansionism, I found myself in New York a few days ago, invited by the Armenian Relief Society at an international conference on “Rebuilding a Nation: a century of Resistance and Perseverance of the Armenian woman”, part of a three-day series of events which took place at the UN headquarters and the Salvation Army Auditorium.
We walked again on the paths of civilization, of music, of art and poetry. We lived through the epic time of liberation through the shining light reflected by the majesty of Masis, of biblical Ararat. We felt the scent of wild strawberry in the forests of Nogorno and marveled at the rough charm of tormented Armenia. Through stories we relived the hardship of war, the pain filled hospitals, the fear stricken eyes of children…
I believe in the struggle of this people and I have seen their potential and their passion for freedom. And so, whatever may come, I will be there, just a surgeon, to work alongside them. I have defended them in all fora I ever had the opportunity and will continue to do so.
This conviction of mine and these powerful moments we lived in New York I want to share with you. I dream and wish that we would live through the glory of an epic struggle for national freedom and independence in Cyprus as well!

HAVE YOU SIGNED UP FOR HOM's EASTER TEA ?

► Saturday 28 March - Easter Tea - at Homenetmen - AYMA organised by the Armenian Relief Society's Cyprus “Sosse” Chapter. To sign up call Eva Aynedjian on 99535656.

CYPRUS PRESIDENT NICOS ANASTASIADES TO VISIT ARMENIA FOR 100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

The Office of the Armenian Representative Vartkes Mahdessian has announced, that the President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades has accepted the official invitation of the President of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, to visit Armenia from 23-25 April to attend the Armenian Genocide's 100th anniversary commemoration events held in Yerevan, thus confirming the support of the government of Cyprus to the Armenian people.

ARMENIAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY RECOGNIZES THE ASSYRIAN AND GREEK GENOCIDES

YEREVAN (A.W.) - On March 24, Armenia's National Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the Assyrian and Greek Genocides committed by the Ottoman Empire of 1915-23. The Republican Party-sponsored bill, entitled "On the Genocide of the Greeks and Assyrians perpetrated by Ottoman Turkey between 1915 and 1923," passed unanimously with 117 votes in favour.
The bill was authored by the deputy speaker of the National Assembly, Eduard Sharmazanov - the leader of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)-.
Parliamentary faction Armen Rustamyan, as well as Parliament members Hovhannes Sahakyan, Edmon Marukyan, Arpine Hovhannisyan, Tevan Poghosyan, Gurgen Arsenyan, Heghine Bisharyan, Alexander Arzumanyan, Vahram Baghdasaryan, Hermine Naghdalyan, Margarit Yesayan and Lyudmila Sargsyan.
Speaking to reporters on March 23, Sharmazanov explained that by condemning the Assyrian and Greek Genocides, Armenia was standing in solidarity with the two nations. "By submitting the draft as a declaration on condemnation, we want to show society and our Greek, Assyrian brothers and sisters and the international community that the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and all the political forces attach importance to [the] condemnation of the genocide perpetrated against the Greeks and Assyrians," said Sharmazanov.
Sabri Atman, the director of the Assyrian Genocide Research Center, commended the National Assembly of Armenia in a statement published by the Assyrian International News Agency. "We salute the Republic of Armenia for its decision to recognize the Assyrian and Greek Genocide. This encourages us and gives us strength to be recognized internationally," said Atman.
From 1915-23, an estimated 300,000 Assyrians and 500,000 Greeks were systematically killed by the Ottoman-Turkish government.

PUTIN TO ATTEND CENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIONS IN ARMENIA

Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend ceremonies marking 100 years since the Armenian Genocide under the Ottoman Empire in April, the Kremlin.
Armenia is hosting the commemoration for those killed by Ottoman forces in World War I in its capital on April 24.
"Yes, he will fly to Yerevan," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told AFP, adding the Russian leader had discussed the issue with his Armenian counterpart Serzh Sargsyan by telephone.
Russia is among around 20 nations that recognise the Armenian Genocide.

ARMENIA OFFICIALLY CONFIRMS PARTICIPATION TO BAKU GAMES

Armenia has officially confirmed they will compete in the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan, despite the continuing conflict between them and Azerbaijan.
A final decision was made by the Executive Committee of the Armenian National Olympic Committee following months of deliberation.
Armenia is expected to compete in the sports of sambo, shooting, judo, wrestling, boxing, and taekwondo.

Hye Riders Will Ride From France to Armenia
To Raise Awareness For the Armenian Genocide

The “Hye Riders” are a group of Armenian men who love to ride their motorcycles. They organize events, ride their bikes, and live proudly as Armenians.
To raise awareness about the Armenian genocide Hye Riders will ride from France to Italy, Greece, Bulgaria and Georgia and will be in Armenia for the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
The Hye Riders ride twice a week. Most of the time, their rides are for charity and fundraising events. They also participate in Harley Davidson organized events to raise money, to donate gifts and toys to orphans in Los Angeles.
Picture taken from Blessing of Hye Riders in St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church – Glendale, for their World Tour on Bike to commemorate The Centennial of Armenian Genocide.

 

THIRD LITURGY IN TURKISH-OCCUPIED ARMENIAN CHURCH OF NICOSIA

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HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN THE
PAN ARMENIAN SUMMER GAMES

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FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING, EDMOND AYNEDJIAN WINS THE PANCYPRIAN UNDER 18 SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE FIELD CLUB

Edmond Aynedjian won the Under 18 Singles title at the Audi Grade 1 Pancyprian Tennis Tournament at the Field Club, for the second year running, by defeating the talented finalist Constantinos Stylianou 6-0, 6-2.
This weekend, he is joined by Davit Minasyan with whom they will be challenging the Men's Doubles event.
Former Davis Cup star Haig Ashdjian is in the Finals of the over 45 event which is scheduled for this weekend.

 

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Armenian Genocide commemoration events at The English School Nicosia

► Monday, April 20th (evening): Inauguration of a photo exhibition by Mr Vartkes Mahdessian. Will remain open until Saturday 26th, a wine reception will follow. Music: Narek Children’s Choir; Armenian soprano accompanied by a piano. Location: The English School Headmaster’s House
► Tuesday, April 21st (evening): Film Screening: “Ararat” directed by Atom Egoyan (2002); Location: The English School Headmaster’s House.
► Thursday, April 23rd (evening) : Armenian Poetry Evening organised by the Greek Literature Club; A reception with traditional Armenian snacks will follow.
Location: The English School Hall.

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY
SOSSE CHAPTER'S MICHINK

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HOMENETMEN MARATHON
RAISES 1,400 EUROS

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ONE OF THE MANY STORIES OF SURVIVAL

Simon Aynedjian - I have been asked by a few of our readers to share the story about the violin saving my grandfather Vahan Bedelian's life:

While Vahan Bedelian's family was deported from Adana to Aleppo during the Armenian Genocide, he secured a job as a violin teacher at Aleppo Art School and thus secured a staying permit in Aleppo. All others were deported further into the Syrian Desert and Der Zor, and perished on the way from illnesses, hunger and Genocide.
There was also an incident in Baron Hotel in Aleppo, still owned by Mazlumian family. Owners, Krikor and Onnig Mazlumian, gave a reception to Shukru Pasha, who was going to Der Zor as the next Governor, and had stopped over at the Baron in Aleppo on his way. They invited young Vahan Bedelian to play a few a-la-turca pieces on his violin, to "soften his heart" regarding Armenians. Shukru Pasha was moved by the sensitive playing of Bedelian, and even asked him to follow him next morning to Der Zor, "to teach this art over there".
But Bedelian's friends, managed to talk him out of this idea, arguing that they needed him in the Art School of Aleppo, where he taught.
This is how the violin saved Vahan Bedelian's family's life. Had he gone to Der Zor with the Governor, his family would have had to follow him as they were all staying in Aleppo due to his staying permit.
One can wonder what their fate would have been otherwise ...
Thousands share similar stories of survival from the Armenian Genocide that created the Diaspora communities across the globe.
They are the biggest living proof of an unpunished crime that 100 years later still haunts Turkey.
The peace process has a one-way road that goes through recognition and reparations from the Republic of Turkey.

 

 
 

 

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