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NEXT COMMUNITY EVENT - Saturday 24 March at 7:00 pm the Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and The ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Limassol Khoump present Tsvetana Paskaleva's film "Karabakh Wounds" at the Hall next to the Armenian Church of Limassol. The event will be followed by a Q & A.

CYPRUS FOREIGN MINISTER AT
THE CATHOLICOSATE OF CILICIA

 

“Genocide by Turkey against the Armenians and Cypriots is taking a different form today”, said His Holiness Aram I

 

“We shall continue struggling, until justice and human rights are restored”, stated Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis, the Cypriot FM

ANTELIAS, Lebanon – This morning the Foreign Minister of Cyprus met with His Holiness Aram I in the presence of Dr. Bedros Karajerjian and Mr. Dekran Jimbashian, President and Secretary respectively of the Executive Council of the Catholicosate, Minister Panos Manjian, Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, Catholicosal Vicar in Cyprus and Mr. Parsegh Zartarian, Representative of the Executive Council of the Cypriot Diocese, and Archbishop Komitas Ohanian. The Ambassador of Cyprus to Lebanon, Homer Mavromatis, and five staff members of the Foreign Ministry accompanied Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis.

During the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, Catholicos Aram I first welcomed the guests and then expressed his appreciation for the cooperation between the Republics of Cyprus and Lebanon. He then spoke of the long relations between the Armenians and Greeks, particularly during the Kingdom of Cilicia and the long-standing ecumenical relations between the two churches. He emphasized the urgency of cooperating and reinforcing relations in view of the common agenda regarding Turkey. His Holiness then informed the Foreign Minister of the recent international conference of experts held in Antelias to discuss the Armenian Genocide. He concluded: “Turkey’s occupation of Cyprus and confiscation of religious and cultural monuments is a new form of Genocide against the people of Cyprus and our people.”

 

In her response, Minister Kozakou-Marcoullis expressed her government’s appreciation of the contribution of the Armenian community in the development of Cyprus. The Foreign Minister also informed the Catholicos that she planned to visit Armenia in early April. She concluded by emphasizing the need to continue strong cooperation in order to counter Turkey’s negationist policy and to continue to work for justice and human rights.
      
Before leaving the Catholicosate, the Foreign Minister asked to visit the Martyr’s Chapel (built by donation of Armenian-Cypriot benefactor Vahram Utidjian in 1938) and pay tribute to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

ERDOGAN ACCUSES
ISRAEL OF GENOCIDE !

 

ANKARA (UPI) - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of state terrorism and Genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.
       Addressing Parliament, Erdogan accused Israel of committing a slow but systematic massacre that he said started at the beginning of the 20th century, the Hurriyet Daily News reported Wednesday.
       Erdogan’s comments Tuesday came in response to the latest round of violence in which hundreds of rockets were fired at civilian targets in southern Israel from the Gaza Strip and 26 Palestinians, the majority terrorists, were killed in retaliatory airstrikes.
       “I am repeating my calls to Israel to end its inhuman attacks against Gaza and the Palestinian territories,” the paper quoted him as saying.
       Erdogan also called on local media to refer to the Palestinians fighting against Israel as “resisters” and not terrorists or militants, because their only aim is to defend themselves against Israeli forces, the paper said.
       Relations between the two countries have deteriorated since an Israeli commando raid on the Turkish ship Mavi Marmara participating in a flotilla in May 2010 that killed Turkish activists attempting to end the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza.

ISRAELIS WARNED:
TERROR THREAT IN TURKEY

Counter terrorism bureau says terrorists intending to attack Israeli, Jewish targets in Turkey in coming days.
Reuters - By HERB KEINON - March 14 - The National Security Council’s counterterrorism bureau advised Israelis on Tuesday night to avoid traveling to Turkey because of the threat of an impending terrorist attack there.
       Terrorist elements were planning an attack against “Israeli/Jewish targets in Turkey in the coming days,” the bureau said. Therefore, according to the advisory, Israelis should refrain from visiting the country.
       The advisory comes less than a week after the Mossad – according to a report in the Istanbul-based daily Hurriyet – warned that Israel’s diplomatic missions in the country could be targeted by Iran.
       Citing a story aired on NTV News, Hurriyet said the Mossad sent a letter to Turkey’s MIT National Intelligence Agency warning of a plot by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force to attack Israeli targets in the country. Israel has an embassy in Ankara – though the Ambassador and top diplomats were expelled last year as a result of the Mavi Marmara raid – and a consulate in Istanbul.
       Four people have already entered Turkey from Iran and are in possession of weapons and materials to be used in the attacks, the report added.
       The travel advisory comes soon after a series of alleged Iranian plots to attack Israeli targets were thwarted in Georgia, Azerbaijan and Thailand. One attack succeeded when a bomb attached to an Israeli diplomatic car wounded Tali Yehoshua Koren in New Delhi.
       The advisory also came just hours after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who in recent weeks has slightly toned down his anti-Israel rhetoric, stepped it up once again, accusing Israel of committing Genocide.
       “We are asking that Israel stop the Genocide it is carrying out against Palestinians in Gaza,” Erdogan said. “We are asking Israeli residents, the children of the Holocaust, to stop the attacks against the Palestinian people. The government is carrying out terrorist actions; I ask that the people say enough to this terror.”
       Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor responded by saying, “If targeting rocket shooters is Genocide, what would Mr. Erdogan call killing Kurdish civilians?” Erdogan’s comments came as the US continues to look for ways to improve Israeli-Turkish ties. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama discussed the matter in Washington last week.

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY
(HOM) MICHINK LUNCH

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THE ARMENIAN CEMETERY OF LIMASSOL

Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra - Over 50 years ago, on 15 July 1961, the then Mayor of Limassol Costas Partasides delivered the golden key of the Limassol Armenian cemetery to Mihran Bastadjian, then Chairman of the Taghagan Khorhourt. The site of the cemetery had been donated by the colonial administration in 1946, but no burials could be performed, as the cemetery had no fencing and the kaghout in Limassol could not afford to build it; during the transitional period for the Republic, Mayor Partasides (and AKEL member) took the initiative to build the wall and thus the first burial of the so far 145 was carried out on 20 July 1960. The whole project cost £1.600.
       I discovered the clipping while going through the archives of newspapers contained at the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus' Library. The most comprehensive article on the matter came from "Haravgi", AKEL's mouthpiece.

ARMENIAN RELIEF SOCIETY(HOM)ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY FOR
EREMIAN SCHOLARSHIP

Armenian Cypriots can apply at the local "Sosse" Chapter

 

The Armenian Relief Society’s regional executive bodies have started accepting applications for the Eremian Scholarship for the academic year 2012-2013. Both graduate and undergraduate Armenian students, who have completed a year of college, are eligible to apply for the scholarship. Application forms to the Eremian Scholarship, conditions and lists of requested additional documents can be obtained from local ARS Boards of Directors. Completed applications must also be presented to the executive board of local ARS entities.
       “For decades hundreds of students both in the Diaspora and the homeland have benefited from the Eremian scholarship to further their education”,- said ARS Central Executive Board member Sonia Akelian. She added: “consecutive ARS Central Executive Boards were sensible in keeping the organisational Educational Fund restricted and used only the income from this fund to finance the Eremian scholarship. The current Central Executive Board is continuing that trend”.
       For more information, for contact information of local ARS entities or for donations, please visit the ARS, Inc. website at
www.ars1910.org.
       It is worth mentioning, that various ARS entities offer scholarships and other forms of educational assistance. Details can be obtained from the websites of the individual ARS entities.
       Armenian Cypriots can contact committee members of the local "Sosse" chapter for more information.

 
The ARS Samuel and Aghavni Eremian Scholarship Fund was established in 1983 to support students interested in pursuing educational studies that would benefit their local community after graduation. Scholarships are awarded based on merit, need, and Armenian community involvement. Applicants must be accepted as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited college or university.
News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • Russian Ambassador at Large I.V. Popov said that discussions of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement are intensive. The sides are negotiating principles to form a peace treaty, RIA Novosti reports. Three meetings have been held between Azerbaijan and Armenia this year to clarify positions on controversial issues. Presidents Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan met in Sochi in January and announced plans to reach an agreement on the basic principles of settling the conflict. Russia, USA and France are co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group. They see no other way to settle the conflict than via diplomacy.
  • On March 20 the urban council of Rieti, Italy, unanimously adopted a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
  • Two days before the anniversary of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, two artists of Armenian descent will come together to discuss its lasting impact. The Hammer Museum, LA, will present filmmaker Atom Egoyan and musician Serj Tankian in conversation, on Sunday, April 22.

 

  • The Armenian Patriarchate of Bolis filed a landmark suit in Ankara for the return of the historical Sansaryan School in the eastern province of Erzerum that was the site of the 1919 Erzurum Congress, an assembly headed by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. "Some other foundations belong to [minority] communities, but the Sansaryan Foundation was granted to the patriarchate by philanthropist Meguerdich Sansaryan in the 1800s. The administration and management of the Sansaryan Foundation legally belongs to the patriarchate," lawyer Ali Elbeyoglu, who represents the Armenian Patriarchate in court, told the Hurriyet Daily News Sunday. The patriarchate also demanded the return of other properties in Sivas formerly owned by the Sansaryan Foundation in the lawsuit it filed on March 14.
Community calendar at a glance:
  • Saturday 24 March at 7:00 pm - The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus and The ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Limassol Khoump present Tsvetana Paskaleva's film "Karabakh Wounds" at the Hall next to the Armenian Church of Limassol. The event will be followed by a Q & A.

 
  • Saturday 31 March 4:00 - 6:00 pm - Armenian Relief Society (HOM) "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter's Easter Tea Fund-Raiser at Homenetmen - AYMA. Entrance 10 euros for adults.
  • April 7 – Dinner at Homentmen - AYMA for the Haigazian University students visiting Cyprus for sports meetings. Details to follow.
  • Sunday 8 April - Traditional annual Easter Lunch organised by Larnaca Hay Agoump at Sun Hall Hotel at 1:00 pm - Entrance: €25.00. Tickets available with Kevork Hovsepian 99652690 Roubina Bohdjelian 99607568 Taline Babikian Angelidou 96577847.
  • Sunday 1 April at 11:00 am - Nareg Parent's Association Nicosia - Annual Easter Bazaar taking place in the school entrance hall 11:00am
  • Wednesday, 11 April at 8pm - "The Armenian community in Turkey post 1915", talk by Dickran Altun, followed by dinner at Homenetmen - AYMA.
  • Wednesday, 18 April at 8pm - 4th literary evening, dedicated to Sayat Nova. Main speaker: Lily Hovsepian. Homenetmen - AYMA accompanied by wine and nibbles.
  • Tuesday 1 May - Third annual Melkoniantsis and Friends picnic will be held in Cyprus. This is an occasion for Melkoniantsis and friends in Cyprus (and abroad if they wish) to join together and enjoy a picnic in the beautiful countryside. The organising committee will prepare the souvla, kebabs, salads and soft drinks for a small fee. This event is open to all Melkoniantsis and friends. The venue will be announced soon. All are welcome.
  • Saturday 5 May - SIPAN Dance Ensemble's annual performance by Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter. More details to follow.
  • Saturday 12 May at 7:00 pm - Dikran Medz - "Tigran the great - King of Armenia", Mono play written, directed and performed by Marie Rose Abousefian, organised by Hamazkayin Cultural Association's "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter at PASYDY Hall - Nicosia.
  • Sunday 13 May - Pilgrimage to St. Magar Monastery organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
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Gibrahay Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • AGBU Ararat ruined reigning champions Omonia's, unbeaten season by defeating them 2-3 in the final league match of the Cyprus Premier Futsal League.
  • Artem Arshakyan defeated Andreas Miltiadou 4-1, 0-4, 10-3 in the qualifications of the Boys under 14 singles event at the Audi Field Club 2012 tournament that continues in Nicosia.
  • In the same tournament Edmond Aynedjian defeated George Gougouris 6-1 6-2 in the main draw of the under 16 boys singles event.
  • In the boys doubles under 16 event Edmond Aynedjian and Tasos Rousos are up against Christos Gregoriou and Leontios Papaloizou. The match begins today (Thursday) at 6:00 pm.
  • Tomorrow Friday, in the men's singles event Simon Aynedjian is up against Andreas Demetriou at 5:00pm on Court 1, while at 7:00pm in the same event Davit Minasyan plays George Serafim.
  • AGBU Ararat U-21's won 7-1 against Elpida Astromeriti U-21's in the Cyprus U-21 Futsal League.
  • AGBU Ararat U-17's face Livadiakos U-17's in the Cyprus U-17 Futsal Cup.

Ballet classes for kids

Armenian Sports by Sevag Devletian
  • TENNIS: David Nalbandian came close to defeating Rafael Nadal while he was up 6-4, 5-4 and 30-30 but bowed out of the quarter-finals of Indian Wells.
  • CHESS: The 1st round of European Individual Men’s Chess Championship was held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, resulting in 6 victories, 3 draws and one defeat by Armenian players. Sergei Movsesian gained a victory over Miodrag Perunovic (Serbia), Robert Hovhannesyan beat Marco Codenotti from Italy, while Samvel Ter-Sahakyan defeated Russia's Alexander Chudinovskikh. Hrant Melkumyan beat Gil Popilsky (Israel), Arman Pashikian won over Christian Braun (Germany), and Zaven Andreasian defeated Georgi Filev (Bulgaria). Vladimir Akopian tied the game against Andreas Hagen (Denmark), Gabriel Sargissian played a draw with Hovhannes Gabuzyan, and Tigran L. Petrosian tied the game with Burak Firat (Turkey). Vladimir Poghosian was the only Armenian representative to lose to Bulgaria's Papp Gabor.
  • FOOTBALL: The second semifinal match of Armenia Cup took place, with Mika FC defeating Shirak and Areg Nazaryan scoring the only goal of the match. Earlier, Impulse beat Ulysses 2:1 in the first match of the tournament. Return matches are due on April 11 and 12.
  • BOXING: Armenian welterweight David Avanesyan (11-1, 5 KOs) scored an impressive stoppage of usually durable Kenyan fighter James Onyango (8-4-1, 8 KOs) in the third round and grabbed the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council welterweight title.
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