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Israel tests attack scenario in Turkey


An Israeli test on the Arrow missile defence system on Feb. 10 was conducted with information supplied by a U.S. radar system hosted at the eastern Anatolian province of Malatya’s Kürecik military base, according to the DEBKAfile website, daily Hürriyet reported.
       Blue Sparrow 2 missiles were launched to test the Arrow defence shield but were also tracked and monitored by the U.S. radar system in Kürecik.
       The shield was tested against a possible attack scenario from Syria or Iran and achieved positive results, DEBKAfile said.
The website further said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu reiterated his objections against the inclusion of the Kürecik radar system in the Israeli tests during his meetings in Washington last week.
       The test, however, was eventually launched after Ankara gave its approval, and Turkey in return received the Barack Obama administration's support for its new initiative on Syria, DEBKAfile reported.


In negotiations over missile defense system, Turkey demanded Israel would not gain data

JPOST.COM STAFF - 13/02/2012 - Turkey went out of its way to ensure Israel had no access to data from the NATO-backed missile defence system to be built on its territory, the Turkish Today's Zaman reported Monday.
According the report, "Turkey went to great lengths in protracted negotiations with the US to secure guarantees that the data to be collected by the system will not be shared with ally-turned-foe Israel and that Israel's nemesis Iran will never be mentioned as a threat."
n an interview with Today's Zaman published Monday, NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that Iranians need not worry about the missile defence system if they are not planning an attack.
"You can only consider our missile defence system a threat if you have an intention or an idea that you want to attack a NATO territory," Rasmussen said.
Addressing the tense relationship between Turkey and Israel, Rasmussen said, "I hope that Turkey and Israel can find peaceful ways to settle this dispute, because Israel is actually a member of one of our partnerships, called the Mediterranean Dialogue. Israel is a valued partner and we need a positive relationship between a staunch ally and a valued partner.”
Rasmussen also said Iran's threat to block the Strait of Hormuz was “in contradiction with Iran's international obligations," and that Russian cooperation on missile defence was lower than hoped.

OF A SUBMARINE FIBRE OPTIC CABLE SYSTEM - The Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) and the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications have ratified an agreement for the construction of a submarine fibre optic cable system between Cyprus and Lebanon, named EUROPA.
EUROPA is expected to be a repeaterless submarine cable with at least 8 fibre-pairs that will be interconnected with ALEXANDROS subsystem to provide connectivity to European destinations and beyond, forming a telecommunications bridge between the Middle East and Europe.
peaking on Monday, after a meeting with Lebanese Minister of Telecommunications Nicolas Sehnaoui, Chairman of Cyta's Board of Directors Stathis Kittis expressed Cyta’s appreciation and satisfaction regarding the Lebanese Ministry of Telecommunications’ willingness to cooperate with Cyta in establishing an international telecommunications bridge between Lebanon and Europe.
The submarine cable system will connect Lebanon with Cyprus and will be in a more advantageous state because it will be operating without the use of submarine repeaters.

FOR ANOTHER 12 OFFSHORE BLOCKS - Cyprus has opened a second hydrocarbons licensing round, buoyed by natural gas discoveries off its own shores and rich finds in waters off neighbouring Israel.
       The island is offering 12 offshore blocks for potential exploration and exploitation of oil and gas. The ethnically-split island has focussed on exploration to its south, in areas controlled by the internationally-recognised government.
       Turkey, which disputes Cyprus's exploration rights, says it too will explore for oil and gas, including an onshore drill in north Cyprus slated to start at the end of February.
       Cyprus reported its first natural gas discovery in December, when U.S. based Noble Energy said it had discovered an estimated 5 to 8 trillion cubic feet in a block south of the island. The block lies close to where neighbouring Israel has reported significant discoveries in the past two years.
       Future cooperation on tapping energy reserves is an issue likely to be high on the agenda of talks Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have during a visit to the island this month.
       A Cypriot government announcement launching the second round was published in the official journal of the EU on Feb. 11, and was published on the Commerce Ministry's website on Monday.
       A decision on the applications was expected to be made by the Cypriot cabinet within six months from the date of their submission, the notice said.
       Cyprus, which is now heavily reliant on fuel imports to fire its power grids, launched its first hydrocarbons round in 2007, granting an exploration license to Noble a year later.


(total showing time 1 hour)
dedicated to the national-liberation struggle of Karabakh

 Friday 24 February at 7:30pm
University of Nicosia (Intercollege)


The event is organised by The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus, The Pancyprian Committee of Refugees and The Office of the Armenian MP. The film will be followed by a Question and Answer session by Tsvetana Paskaleva
About Tsvetana Paskaleva: She received various prizes at several international film Festivals. Although Paskaleva had never bore arms and carried only her camera during the war, she received the rank of Karabakh Defence Army Colonel in 1995 and a Medal for Courage from the Armenian Government in 1996.



16 February Nicosia - Gibrahayer e-magazine - An event dedicated to the assassinated Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink took place on Monday 13 February at the University of Cyprus organised by the Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and the Department of Turkish Studies, during which the film by Armenian-Cypriot author and film director Nouritza Matossian "Hrant Dink Heart of Two Nations” was shown to a packed audience at the University of Cyprus auditorium.
       Chairman of The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus Simon Aynedjian presented the Matossian who talk about Hrant Dink and about the making of the 40-minute documentary.
       The Head of the Turkish Department Niyazi Kizilyurek talked of the importance of commemorating an event dedicated to Hrant Dink and said that it is his wish to see the documentary be shown in Turkey and in the occupied northern Cyprus.
The evening was wrapped up with questions from the floor.

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click here for the Armenian language report of the event that appears in Armenian-language newspaper Artsakank


News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew is set to give a speech to Parliament's Constitutional Commission on Feb 20 to expound on the problems of Turkey's minorities, marking the first such occasion in the history of the Turkish Republic. Bartholomew will bring up a number of issues in the commission, including the reopening of the Halki Seminary, the removal of unfavorable statements about Greeks, Armenians and Syriac Christians from Turkish class books and the employment of minorities in public offices.
  • Member of the Legislative Council of Australia Walt Secord condemned the Turkish government for its continued denial of the Armenian Genocide in a powerful address on the floor of the Legislative Council during the first sitting of the New South Wales parliament in 2012. In a clear and unequivocal statement on public record, Secord declared that the Turkish government's denial of the Armenian Genocide was unacceptable. "Sadly too few of us know of the Armenian Genocide. It was that very denial of history that allowed communities to silently watch the transports to and the smoke of Auschwitz," said Secord.
  • According to the British Telegraph, 320 millionaires have arrived in Great Britain since 2008. 30% of these people are citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. People, through an investment of at least one million pounds, are granted the right to residence for 5 years and citizenship in two years. Those who invest 10 million pounds are granted citizenship 2 years after the investment.
  • According to several reports, Steven Spielberg and the screenwriter of Schindler's List, Steven Zaillian, are discussing a new film on the Armenian Genocide. The film should be ready in 2015, the hundredth anniversary of the murders committed under the Ottoman Empire.
  • The head of the Jewish community of Spain, Isaac Querub, has called upon the Jewish population of the country to recognize the Armenian Genocide. In an article published in the Spanish publication El Paìs, Querub addressed the bill criminalizing the Jewish Holocaust, calling for Spain's efforts to follow the French lawmakers' example. "We still have people who seek to put an end to what Hitler began. Speaking of France's leading role in the protection of inherent human rights, and the minorities, he added: "The legislation punishing the Armenian Genocide is necessary and indispensable." "Here is Spain were must call upon legislators to do the same and incorporate the crime into the Penal Code," Querub noted.
Community calendar at a glance:
  • Saturday 18 February at 9:00 pm - Carnival Party organised by Homenetmen - AYMA.

  • Friday 24 February at 7:30 pm - Award winning journalist and film director Tsvetana Paskaleva's films will be shown to Cypriot audiences with an event organised by the Office of The Armenian Representative, The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and The Pancyprian Committee of Refugees. Tsvetana Paskaleva will address the event and answer questions from the audience.

  • Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 5:30 pm -  Armenian Evangelical Church Service at the Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstonos street, Nicosia. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian.

  • Sunday 11 March - Armenia on stage organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.

  • Wednesday 14 March - Kravadz Or. Literary evening organised by the "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association. Details to follow.
  • Sunday 18 March at 1:00 pm - Michink Lunch, at Homenetemen - AYMA - organised by the Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter. Details to follow.
  • Saturday 31 March - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter's Easter Fund-Raiser. Details to follow.
  • Sunday 8 April - Kravadz Or by the Larnaca Hay Agoump. Details to follow.
  • Saturday 5 May - Kravadz Or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
  • Saturday 12 May - Kravadz Or by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter.
  • Sunday 13 May - Pilgrimage to St. Magar Monastery organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.



NICOSIA, February 11 (Itar-Tass) - Cyprus hopes that over 400,000 Russian tourists will visit the republic this year.
The Cyprus Tourism Organisation said it had increased the number of Russian cities where flights will be made to Cyprus.
An agreement to this effect was reached during a visit to Russia by chairman of the Cyprus Tourism Organisation Alekos Orountiotis on February 6-9. The Cypriot official held talks with several Russian tour operators. He said in 2012 flights to Cyprus would be made from Moscow and St Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Ufa, Rostov on Don, Novosibirsk, Kazan, Krasnoyarsk, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk, Omsk, Tyumen, Kemerovo, Arkhangelsk and Perm.
In recent years the tourist inflow from Russia to Cyprus has increased by about 50 percent. In 2010 about 225,000 Russian tourists visited the Mediterranean island. Last year Cyprus was visited by 334,000 Russian tourists. In 2004 only 83,800 Russian tourists were in the Republic of Cyprus.
Russia ranks second on Cyprus’ tourist market. Britain takes the lead.
       In 2011 a total of one million people from Britain visited Cyprus. In addition, according to local experts, Britain faces stagnation: the tourist inflow increased by 2 percent in 2011.
Totally, in 2011 a total of 2.4 million people visited Cyprus.


EuroMP Antigone Papadopoulou - "The testimonies of the Turkish speakers bring down the beautified image that the Turkish leadership presents"
A Turkish University professor accuses Turkey that it returns to the dark ages. The question in the European Commission was asked by EuroMP Antigone Papadopoulou. Today’s raw reality in Turkey was exposed by three Turkish guest speakers (a University professor, a lawyer and a researcher), who were present at yesterday’s preparatory meeting of the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, in view of a session that will take place in Constantinople on 23 and 24 February.
       Through the discussion were re-established the serious democratic deficits, the shaky judicial system, the unfounded journalists’ persecutions, the long-lasting and unjustified detentions and generally the elimination of freedom of expression in Turkey. The judicial system, as they characteristically said, has joined forces with the state, violating anti-terrorism law. One of the speakers, professor Ahmet Insel, did not hesitate to state that today’s establishment leads the country to obscurantism. With regard to the reforms, he noted that there are “good intentions but not strong foundations”, resulting in “decorative” improvements and not essential changes and he asked for certain provisions of the law to change and become fully harmonised with the ECHR decisions and the EU acquis.
       According to EuroMP Antigone Papadopoulou (DIKO, S&D), the testimonies of the Turkish speakers bring down the beautified image that the Turkish leadership presents, as well as those who insist in an unconditional accession course of Turkey. At the same time, Mrs. Papadopoulou submitted a written question to the European Commission regarding the arrest and imprisonment of the Union’s Head for press freedom in Turkey, Ragip Zarakolu. Without evidence, Zarakolou, together with 42 persons, is persecuted for participation in a terrorist organisation and his references to the Armenian Genocide. The EuroMP requests the Committee’s intervention and also the exercise of pressure towards Turkey to amend the anti-terrorism law.



Wednesday - 15/02/2012 - The European Parliament has called on the government of Turkey to return the Turkish occupied Famagusta fenced-off section to its lawful inhabitants, noting that they must resettle under conditions of security and peace.
       In a declaration on the 14 February 2012 on the return of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants, the European Parliament notes that the city of Famagusta in the Republic of Cyprus was captured by the invading Turkish forces in August 1974.
       It adds that a section of Famagusta was then sealed off and remains uninhabited, under the direct control of the Turkish military.
       The EP points out that the return of the Famagusta sealed-off section to its lawful inhabitants would facilitate efforts toward a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem.
       Moreover, it notes the 1979 High Level Agreement and UNSC Resolutions 550(1984) and 789(1992) as well as the 2008 Report of the Committee on Petitions on Petition 733/2004.
       As a result, in its declaration, the EP "calls on the Government of Turkey to act according to the aforementioned UNSC Resolutions and Report Recommendations and return the Famagusta sealed-off section to its lawful inhabitants, who must resettle under conditions of security and peace".
       It also "urges the EU institutions to coordinate their efforts with Parliament to promote Turkey’s cooperation".
       Concluding, it "instructs its President to forward this declaration, with the names of the signatories[1], to the Commission, the Council, the governments of the Member States, the UN Secretary General and the Government of Turkey".
       The European Parliament recalls its 1993 resolution on Cyprus, its 2009 resolution on Turkey’s progress report and Rule 123 of its Rules of Procedure.
       The Republic of Cyprus, which became a full EU member state in May 2004, is divided since the Turkish invasion in 1974. Cyprus will assume the six monthly rotating presidency of the Council of the EU in July 2012.
       Turkey occupied 37% of the sovereign territory of the Republic and forcibly expelled about 180.000 Greek Cypriots from their homes. Another 20.000 Greek Cypriots, who remained in the occupied areas, were also forced to eventually abandon their homes and seek refuge in the safety of the government controlled areas.
       As a result of the invasion, 1619 Greek-Cypriots were listed as missing, most of whom soldiers or reservists, who were captured in the battlefield.
       The city of Famagusta in the Republic of Cyprus was captured by the invading Turkish forces in August 1974. That section of Famagusta was then sealed off and remains uninhabited, under the direct control of the Turkish military.
       The Republic of Cyprus has since 1974 declared the ports in the occupied areas as closed since it can not exercise its full control over them.
       The fenced-off section of the Turkish occupied town of Famagusta – called Varosha - was abandoned by its lawful inhabitants, during the 1974 Turkish invasion.
       Varosha remains since 1974 a sealed area, a ghost town, since the Turkish army does not allow visitors or the lawful inhabitants of the area to visit it.
       In July 2010, the Cypriot President proposed the return of the fenced-off area of Varosha, in Famagusta, to the administration of the United Nations, combined with the opening of the port of Famagusta under EU auspices for use by the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots alike and the restoration of the medieval part of the town of Famagusta. The Turkish side has rejected the proposal.
       UNSC resolution 550, adopted in 1984, calls upon all states to respect the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and unity of the Republic of Cyprus and considers attempts to settle any part of Varosha by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the United Nations.

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Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • AGBU Ararat defeated Achilleas Kaimakliou 0-4 in the Cyprus Premier Futsal League. The win puts Ararat in 2nd place, 9 points behind league leaders and arch rivals Omonia.
  • AGBU Ararat U-21's take on Parnassos Strovolou U-21's on Tuesday 21 February in the Cyprus U-21 Futsal League.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's drew against Livadiakos U-17's 1-1 in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal League.
  • Homenetmen - AYMA Bowling team won again. Names and score unimportant.




Manga is the Japanese word for comics and Manga Messiah has become a huge hit around the globe and translated into more than twenty languages. Armenian is the latest addition to a long list of languages that includes Danish, German, Russian, Norwegian, English, Spanish, French and many more.
Manga Messiah is a faithful account of the life of Jesus based on the four gospels of the Bible, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The 288 pages are all in color. It includes a map of Galilee, Samaria, and Judea. The book also features illustrated character profiles of the twelve apostles and other key people in the Bible.
The Bible Society in the Gulf is especially proud to publish the most popular comics, the fastest growing genre in the publishing world, the highly engaging, cutting-edge art style, and the most appealing rendition of the Gospel accounts to kids in 2011, the Year of the Armenian Child, and distributed in 2012 on the occasion of the Year of the Book, as proclaimed by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Committed to serve the different denominations with their Scripture needs, the Bible Society in the Gulf collaborated with the Armenian Apostolic Church in Kuwait and the UAE to translate, print and distribute Manga Messiah to Armenian children not only in Kuwait and the UAE but also in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Istanboul, Jordan and other diaspora communities around the world.
On Thursday, January 19, 2012, Manga Messiah was also distributed to the students of Nareg in Nicosia (students in Larnaca and Limassol will also receive their copies soon). Present were His Eminence Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, Mr. Vartan Tashjian, Mrs. Vera Tahmazain, Mr. and Dr. Hrayr and Arda Jebejian. On this occasion Mr. Hrayr Jebejian, General Secretary of the Bible Society in the Gulf, said, "I am extremely happy that after many months of hard work and intensive planning together with the Armenian Apostolic Church in the Gulf, we were finally able to procure the necessary funds for the translation, printing, and distribution of Manga Messiah. I am glad to announce that the books will be distributed to all free of charge. Hence, I would like to thank the sponsors who made this possible. I would also like to thank the director of Next, Mr. Roald Lidal, who made the Armenian version of Manga Messiah a reality. Our purpose is to reach out to young people in an ever-changing culture and challenging times with the message of the Gospel in an attractive, compelling format."

Research on the media consumption of
the Armenian Cypriot community

Gibrahayer e-magazine - Thursday 16 February - Nicosia - Michalis Michael is conducting a research for his MA thesis about the media consumption of Armenian-Cypriots. He aims to recruit Armenian-Cypriots aged between 16-65, to participate in 60-minutes focus groups that will take place in Homenetmen - AYMA, Nicosia. You will be asked to state what are your media preferences, in what language, why this is so, etc.
       The available dates will be one or more of the following: a) Tuesday, 28/02/2012 (18:00), b) Wednesday, 29/02/2012 (18:00), c) Thursday, 01/03/2012 (16:00), d) Friday, 02/03/2012 (18:00), e) Saturday, 03/03/2012 (09:30).
The four focus groups will require six Armenian-Cypriots each. We encourage all willing volunteers to participate, in order to help this young man come into contact and highlight the community.
Free drinks and food will be offered to all participants.

For more information please contact Michalis on 99380755 or

Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • FOOTBALL: On February 29 2012, the Tsirion Stadium in Limassol will host the Armenian National Football team with a friendly against the Canadian National Football team.
  • FOOTBALL: The Armenian national team has improved four places in new FIFA World Rankings to reach a record high 41st position. World and European champion, Spain tops the FIFA rankings, followed by Germany and the Netherlands.
  • CHESS: With 5 points, Armenian grandmaster Arman Pashikyan shares 1st-2nd places with Iran’s Morteza Mahjoob after the 5th round of 2nd Ferdowsi International Chess Open Tournament in Mashhad, Iran.
  • BOXING: From February 20-26, Armenian sportsmen will participate in international boxing tournament in Bulgaria. According to Armenian team’s head coach Karen Aghamalyan, 6 boxers will represent Armenia. The head coach noted that these tournaments will determine contenders for the tournament in Trabzon, Turkey due on April 13-22.
  • CHESS: The President of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has confirmed holding World Championship Candidates Tournament in London from October 23-November 13. The line-up for 2013-2014 tournament is as follows: Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Vasyl Ivanchuk (Ukraine), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and loser of Viswanathan Anand (India) - Boris Gelfand (Israel) game at World Chess Championship to be held in May 2012.
  • TENNIS: David Nalbandian beat Florian Mayer 2-6, 6-0, 6-1, 7-6 (5) to give Argentina a
    2-0 lead over Germany after the opening singles matches on Friday February 10 in the first round of the Davis Cup. Argentina won the tie 4-1 after Nalbandian, paired with Scwank the following day to win the doubles against Hass and Petzschner 6-3 6-4 4-6 3-6 4-6.
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