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NAREG GRADUATES
FLY TO ARMENIA

Gibrahayer e-magazine Nicosia -14 graduates of Nareg Schools Cyprus accompanied by two teachers - Yeghia Kayayan and Panayiotis Chimonides - are participating in the "Ari Dun" program and spending two weeks in Armenia. The trip is sponsored by the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian. After an extensive sight-seeing and educational tour (details below) as well as a five day camping trip in Dzaghgatsor, they return to Cyprus on Sunday 27 July.
Our Facebook Page has been updating readers with their activities on a daily basis.
Here are some of the places our graduates visited.

 
Nareg students on an educational tour to Armenia in the "Ari Dun" Project, visited the Hellenistic Temple of Garni, the only surviving pagan temple in Armenia and the former USSR. Built in the 1st century AD (within the fortress which was the summer residence of the royal family), it was dedicated to the Goddess of Sun. It is a miracle that the temple has survived, as after the Armenian state became the first Christian nation in the world, all temples were leveled to the ground and Christian churches and monasteries built.
Paying tribute to our 1,500,000 forefathers "Ari Dun" participants visited the Armenian Genocide memorial of Dzidzernagapert dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide, perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks.
Every year on April 24, thousands of Armenians gather at the memorial to commemorate the victims of the Genocide.
The construction of the monument began in 1966, during Soviet times, in response to the 1965 Yerevan demonstrations, during which one hundred thousand people demonstrated in Yerevan for 24 hours to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Genocide.
2015 marks the centennial of the Armenian Genocide. The survivors of the Genocide in Armenia and in the Diaspora will mark it with demonstrations and events across the world demanding from the international community, as well as Turkey, the recognition of the Genocide and reparations to the Armenian people.
The statue of Gomitas was also visited, who many regard as the founder of modern Armenian classical music. Gomitas was a priest, composer, choir leader, singer, music ethnologist and pedagogue.
After witnessing the horrors of the Armenian Genocide he suffered a mental breakdown and was institutionalized in Paris.
Our graduates also visited the 1003 Military Base and familiarized themselves with basic military skills and watched exercises on camp.
A historic photo in a historic battleground, under the wall of Sardarabad just outside Yerevan, where three years after the Armenian Genocide the Turkish armies made a desperate effort to completely annihilate the Armenian people.
In the mother of all battles - our own Stalingrad - the Turkish onslaught was halted and Armenian statehood born on May 28, 1918.

This year the Nareg children are being accompanied by two Nareg teachers, Yeghia Kayayan and Panayiotis Chimonides.
 

ARCHBISHOP NAREG ALEMEZIAN APPOINTED
NEW CATHOLICASSAL VICAR IN CYPRUS

Catholicos Aram I of the Holy See of Cilicia has appointed His Eminence Archbishop Nareg Alemezian as the new Catholicossal Vicar of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church of Cyprus.
Archbishop Nareg will commence his new appointment in Cyprus in September 2014

AZERBAIJAN THREATENS AGAIN TO
SHOOT DOWN KARABAKH PLANES

Radio Free Europe - Azerbaijan has threatened to shoot down civilian planes flying to Nagorno-Karabakh if the sole civilian airport in the disputed region reopens as planned.
The Karabakh Armenian leadership dismissed the threat, saying that the first commercial flights between the territory and Armenia in two decades would start as planned in May.
Arif Mammadov, the director of Azerbaijan's Civil Aviation Administration, said the Azerbaijani government warned the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) last October that it did not authorize any flights to Karabakh.
"We notified that the airspace over Karabakh is closed," Mammadov said, according to the APA news agency. "The law on aviation envisages the physical destruction of airplanes landing in that territory."
Mammadov said Baku sent another letter to the ICAO recently warning that the disputed region's airspace was closed and "at the disposal of Azerbaijan's Air Force."
"We asked the ICAO to notify the opposing side in order to prevent negative incidents," he said, adding that the Montreal-based body forwarded that letter to Armenia.
Bako Sahakian, the President of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic, condemned the threat and warned through a spokesman that any attempt to thwart the planned flights would meet with an "adequate response" from the Karabakh Armenian military.
"If Azerbaijan resorts to such actions, it will trigger unpredictable developments," Sahakian's press secretary, Davit Babayan, told RFE/RL's Armenian Service.
"Such threats do not scare us, they only discredit Azerbaijan," Babayan said. "We will go ahead with exploiting our airport as planned."
Flights to and from the airport, located 8 kilometers east of Stepanakert, were discontinued in 1991 amid intensifying armed clashes in and around Karabakh that degenerated into a full-scale Armenian-Azerbaijani war.
Transport communication between the territory and the outside world has since been carried out by land, via Armenia.
The Karabakh government decided in 2009 to reopen the airport, severely damaged during the 1991-94 war. Its $3 million reconstruction is now nearing completion.
A regular flight service between Stepanakert and Yerevan is scheduled to be launched on May 9, a public holiday in Karabakh that will mark the 19th anniversary of a major military victory over Azerbaijan.
Dmitry Atbashian, head of the local civil aviation authority, assured journalists earlier this year that flight security "will be ensured 100 percent," despite the airport's proximity to the heavily militarized "line of contact" separating Armenian and Azerbaijani forces.
Atbashian also announced that the Stepanakert-Yerevan flights would be carried out by a newly established Karabakh airline, Artsakh Air. He said its fleet of aircraft would consist of three Canadian-made CRJ200 passenger jets.

 
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ARF DASHNAKTSOUTIUN CENTRE WELCOMES TURKISH AND ARMENIAN JOURNALISTS

Gibrahayer e-magazine - Nicosia - 23 July, 2014 - A dialogue between Armenian and Turkish journalists organised by the Hrant Dink Foundation visited Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsoutiun's Christapor Mikaelyan centre and met officials including Bureau's Hay Tad Director Giro Manoyan.
Now in its sixth year, the project encourages dialogue between journalists.
We believe that this is one of the most important initiatives to provide journalists with direct access and first hand on exposure to sources and that are often manipulated by politicians and mainstream media.
If we are to find peace in the future as neighbours, we need to address the way we stereotype our adversaries and in the name of patriotism, we often distort realities.
These meetings are environments in uncovering truths in order to build a much-scarred relationship that goes back in history.
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AVAKIAN GRANDCHILD BRINGS TO LIFE HER MEMORIES OF THE TURKISH INVASION

... Growing up, Victoria's grandfather owned a made to measure shirt shop known as Avakian Shirts in the same area Victoria has chosen to adorn the pages of her diary.

... Victoria's nationality embodies meaning absent in her words but perhaps imperative to the whole story.
"I'm half Armenian and the Turks historically mean a whole different thing to us. My mother and my aunt, although they were very friendly with Turks, there was always that fear that the Turks would actually be worse to the Armenians than to Greek Cypriots, there was a greater fear that we had to protect half our family."

... "My great grandmother survived the genocide and WWI & WWII and when we told her we had to go, that the Turks were coming, she said: 'The Turks are my friends, they're my neighbours, I'm not scared'.

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NAREG SUMMER SCHOOL
IN FULL SWING

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14th EPISODE OF "PAREV"

The 14th episode of the PAREV programme, which is sponsored by the Kalaydjian Foundation, was broadcast on Saturday the 19th of July on RIK1 at 1pm, and again on Sunday the 20th of July on RIK2 at 6pm.
Features included the Kalfayan Armenian art exhibition at the Leventis Museum, and Scout Master Artin Anmahouni’s recollections of community life, amongst others.

Gibrahayer Calendar

► Sunday 27 July - Khanasor / Lisbon at Platania organised by ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus Committee and affiliate organisations. The event begins at 4:00 pm. Keynote speaker: unger Hagop Manougian.
► 11 - 17 August Annual AYF Panagoum in Troodos - Details to follow.Panagoum. For more details and registration, please email: ayfcyprus@gmail.com or call 99202923.
► Friday 19 September - KRAVADZ OR. Office of the Armenian Representative.
► Saturday, 8 November - KRAVADZ OR - Office of the Armenian Representative.
► Saturday 15 November at 7:00 pm – Inka and Anush Arshakyan perform at the Strovolos Municipal Hall. Performing with them will be Hamazkayin "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter's SIPAN Dance Ensemble. The event is organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative Vartkes Mahdessian.

BIZ EMEIΣ PROGRAM FEATURES BICOMMUNAL EVENT ON MUSIC MASTER VAHAN BEDELIAN

Gibrahayer e-magazine Nicosia - BIZ/ΕΜΕΙΣ programme on CyBC TV Channel 2, covered the event that took place on 3 April 2014 in the Home for Cooperation opposite the Ledra Palace Hotel in Nicosia, that was devoted to Vahan Bedelian and his "magical violin", organized by the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research, investigative journalist Sevgul Uludag and Nilgun Guney Art Studio, where students of music and violin teacher Vahan Bedelian from all communities on the island gathered and shared their memories.
You can view the whole program here

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EDMOND AYNEDJIAN & CHRISTOS KYRILLOU IN THE SEMI-FINALS OF YEREVAN INTERNATIONAL UNDER 18 TENNIS TOURNAMENT

The Cypriot pair - having not dropped a single set throughout the tournament, are up against the British pair who are seeded 2. The semi-finals will be played on Thursday 24 July late afternoon in Yerevan.
Gibrahayer e-magazine and Tennis Zone - Nicosia - For the second year running Tennis Zone students, Christos Kyrillou, Yiorgos Christodoulou, Edmond Aynedjian and Christos Kasapis travelled to participate in international tennis tournaments in Armenia.
George Christodoulou collected valuable international points against Armenian and Russian players in first and second round performances. In the third round he defeated the seed 9 of the tournament Varis Yagudin 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 but lost on the quarters finals.
Christos Kyrillou qualified twice to the main draw. On Sunday he played two three-set matches scoring two intenational wins. He then pushed the world number 400 to three sets in a fine endurance exhibition before bowing out.
Edmond Aynedjian scored two international wins in the singles and paired with Christos Kyrillou defeated the Bulgarian team of Ganchev and Yazmadzhian 7-5, 7-6(6) and continued to score another international win defeating the Bulgarian and Georgian seeded 5 pair of Datashvili and Zubkou 6-1, 6-1 for a place in the quarter finals.
On Wednesday - the Tennis Zone duo - made it to the semi-finals of the tournament by defeating the Russian pair Dacenko and Kravchenk by 7-5, 7-6. They will challenge a British pair on Thursday 24 July at 2:00 pm, for a place in the finals, in a tournament that has earned them their first international points.
Yesterday, George Christodoulou, paired with Helman Volkats of Israel defeated Ben Gidoni of Israel and his partner from Turkey Murat Gurel 6-1, 6-1. However, they lost in the next round.
The youngest of the four - Christos Kasapis - recently back from a 6-month back injury - lost both of his round-one matches and together with Christos Kyrillou, will be staying on for another two weeks to play two more tournaments in Yerevan in the under 16 Tennis Europe tournaments.
The team will continue its tour of international tournaments throughout the summer in Jordan and Albania before they return to Cyprus, for international tournaments here.

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ARMENIAN SOLDIERS MARCH
IN PARIS ON BASTILLE DAY

Armenian Public Radio (Yerevan) and Jean Eckian (Paris) - Three soldiers of the Armenian army participated in France’s annual Bastille Day parade on the Champs Elysees together with representatives of another 80 countries who were invited to participate in the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

LARNACA KINDERGARTEN CHILDREN
VISIT THE FIRE BRIGADE

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REMEMBERING THE 1974
TURKISH INVASION OF CYPRUS

 
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We probably cannot dream of a united Cyprus.

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