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YENI DUZEN REPORTS THAT NEAR EAST UNIVERSITY HAS GIVEN UP ON THE
PROJECT TO TURN ARMENIAN CHURCH
AND MONASTERY TO A TURCOLOGY CENTRE

Photo: BREAKING NEWS IN CYPRUS: Near East University gives up on the Armenian Church and Monastery! (Yeni Duzen)

Yeni Duzen (cover page & p. 16) reporter Osman Kalfaoglu writes that the Near East University gives up on managing/operating the Armenian Church and Monastery. Mustafa K. Kaymakamzade, Director of the EVKAF Administration of Cyprus, stated that “the Near East University quoted delays in handing over the Church to the University and the media criticisms as the reasons for cancelling/revoking the contract”.
Kaymakamzade added that “it has been less than a week that NEU has given up on the Armenian Church. We will have to sit down to evaluate how the process will continue after this point. NEU accused the EVKAF administration in their letter to revoke the contract. The University claims that it has incurred losses as a result of the EVKAF’s delay in handing over the Church to them.” Kalfaoglu adds that “an unnamed source had claimed that NEU had to give up on the project due to pressure from Ankara” however states that “Kaymakamzade denies such claims”.
Kalfaoglu also reminds the readers that Kaymakamzade previously had stated that the cancellation of the contract with the NEU for the Armenian Church and Monastery was out of the question despite criticisms from USAID and UNDP-ACT on the tendering process. Kaymakamzade had also claimed that “both USAID and UNDP-ACT were involved in evaluating the bids made and it was collectively decided that NEU is the winner of the tendering process with 166.941 GBP.” He had also mentioned that the Armenian Church would be utilized as a centre to hold cultural activities and NEU would have to seek the consent of the Armenian community for every event they would hold at the premises.
The construction of the Armenian Church of Sourp Asdvadzadzin and Monastery dates back to the 14th century.
The above about-turn is the direct result of the efforts of the Armenian Representative in the Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian and a committee from the local Temagan and Varchagan bodies comprising of Sebouh Tavitian, Manoug Megerditchian and John Guevherian who during the last 12 months have been monitoring the situation and have held numerous meetings with concerned parties to rectify the situation.

HAYRIKYAN SAYS FOREIGN SECRET SERVICE BEHIND HIS ASSASINATION ATTEMPT

YEREVAN - Armenian presidential candidate Paruyr Hayrikyan, who was shot and injured in the shoulder on January 31, says he suspects a secret service of a "former state" of being behind the attack.
Hayrikyan, who is receiving treatment in a Yerevan hospital, said in an interview with RFE/RL's Armenian Service that the service he referred to - without naming it - had chased him "for many years."
"As for suspicions, I will tell you frankly that I suspect the secret service of a foreign state that chased me for many years," he said. "Not of that state, Russia, but of the former one."
Hayrikyan did not elaborate on his remark.
During the Soviet era, he spent a total of 11 years in Soviet prison camps and a further three in internal exile for his membership in a clandestine political organization and for authoring "samizdat."
Hayrikyan also said he might ask for a constitutionally allowed two-week postponement of the February 18 vote.
Armenia's Constitution requires a two-week delay in the vote if a candidate is unable to participate because of circumstances beyond his or her control. If the issue causing the delay cannot be resolved, there could be a further 40-day postponement.
The 63-year-old politician was shot outside his house in Yerevan late on January 31. Police are still searching for the unidentified gunman.
Hayrikyan, is one of eight candidates in the election, which incumbent Serzh Sargsyan is expected to win.
Hayrikyan, who heads the Union of National Self-Determination Party, was not seen as a strong challenger.
Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan condemned the attack as a blow against the government.
Sargsyan was one of several Armenian political leaders to visit Hayrikyan in hospital.
In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland condemned the attack.
Controversy and violence are no stranger to presidential elections in Armenia.
In 2008, 10 people were killed in clashes between police and protesters after Sargsyan was declared the winner.
This year's election comes as Armenia's economy struggles to recover from the recent global financial crisis.
Armenia also remains hobbled by a trade blockade imposed by neighboring Turkey and Azerbaijan since the 1990s war with Azerbaijan over the territory of Nagorno-Karabakh.

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40 YEARS ON:
GOURGEN YANIKIAN AND US

On Jan. 27, 1973, two diplomats of the Turkish Republic traveled to Santa Barbara, Calif., to meet with an individual claiming to possess Ottoman artifacts he wished to donate to the country for posterity. Mehmet Baydar and Bahadir Demir played into the hands of Gourgen Yanikian, who had planned their murder as an act at once of vengeance, of retribution, and of justice.

The Armenian Weekly - It is hard, as an Armenian today, to write about Yanikian without judging his actions using those three less-than-consistent characteristics noted above. Vengeance is not exactly a Christian concept, is it? Justice is ordered by a legitimate, recognized authority. As for retribution, well, it is not for no reason that “Operation Nemesis” was the name of the immense undertaking following the Armenian Genocide to do away with those responsible for that horrific crime: Nemesis is the Greek deity of divine retribution.
I do not know if Armenians can claim divinity. But I can say that Yanikian took it upon himself to address an issue that had lain cast aside for far too long. Listening to him, as one can on YouTube, one notices his fascinating accent. As someone who grew up and studied in Karin (Erzurum) and Russia, it is not surprising that he speaks in Eastern Armenian. At the same time, many of the ways in which he says words are clearly more akin to the Western Armenian pronunciation. Isn’t that telling? For, the story of this man is echoed in the story of so many Armenians of the 20th century, among them Soghomon Tehlirian, whose actions, one can forcefully argue, inspired Yanikian.
But listening to the content of what Yanikian has to say, as a young Armenian 40 years later, the immediate reaction I have is: “Sir, Baron Yanikian, much as I can be in awe of you, things have changed since you were around.” Soviet Armenia, where Yanikian spent time and much appreciated, is no more. There is an independent Republic today. We have an additional struggle, armed and otherwise, for Artsakh that offers its own existential meaning for our people.
I do not think it is a coincidence that the acts of violence that Yanikian inspired, and which plagued Turkish diplomats through the 1970’s and 1980’s, ended as the movement for Artsakh began, as the Soviet Union collapsed, and Armenians took on the responsibilities of statehood. The issue of relations with Turkey has, for 20 years now, been an issue at the inter-state level, a matter of international diplomacy. There exist today other tools at one’s disposal (some might say “complementing,” others “supplementing,” the bullets) that Yanikian could not have invoked in 1973.
Forty years on, in reading Michael Bobelian’s Children of Armenia and Tatul Hakobyan’s The Armenians and the Turks (a provisional title in English, as the book is still only available in Armenian), I can only conclude that the Turkish Foreign Minister sat down with the representatives of the yet-“classic” Diasporan-Armenian political parties in Zurich in 1977, only because their Ambassadors and Consuls were shedding blood. Why did such an initiative never take place between 1923, when the Republic of Turkey was founded, and 1977? It is unfortunate that Ankara saw so much instability itself-undergoing three coups d’états in as many decades—otherwise perhaps a modus vivendi could at least have been accommodated.
But I conclude at the same time that the plans so prevalent in the minds then of even the all-too-“classic” organized diaspora of an azkahavak (a mass movement of the Armenian people to Soviet Armenia) alongside a hoghahavak (the occupation of traditional Armenian lands by none other than that superpower, the USSR) in the run-up to a free, independent, and united Armenia…well, such thoughts seem dated, especially given the fact that the Armenians are probably the only people in the world whose diaspora population ended up increasing with independence, sadly an ongoing trend.
I cannot say I am proud of every aspect of the history, politics, and society of the Armenian people, but I can say with great confidence that I am far from ashamed when it comes to much that my people have accomplished. It is important to bear in mind today where we stand, what exists around us, what instruments are available, and, most importantly, how we wish to address an issue that has dogged us and our neighbors for far too long in a way that will be meaningful for all concerned, and in a way that will lead to a lasting peace. I hope that Gourgen Yanikian would agree.

TURKISH PM SAYS DELAY IN EU ENTRY IS "UNFORGIVABLE"

PRAGUE | Mon Feb 4 (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that his country's half-century wait to become part of the European Union was "unforgivable" and it should be admitted without delay.
The country of 74 million launched a formal EU accession bid in 2005, four decades after the first talks, but the process has stalled due to opposition notably from France and Germany, as well as unresolved differences over the division of Cyprus.
Last October, Erdogan said the EU could lose Turkey if it did not grant it membership by 2023, the centenary of the founding of the modern Turkish state. It was the first time he had given an indication of how long Ankara could wait.
Speaking in Prague on the first day of trip to central Europe, Erdogan said Turkey had originally begun talks on integration in 1963.
The fact that the process was still dragging on was a particular slight because millions of Turkish people already live in EU states, he said.
"This delay for Turkey in the process is unforgivable," Erdogan told a news conference in the Czech capital.
"Our cooperation and solidarity with European countries will of course continue, even if they do not accept us. But our wish would be for Europe, even though they have not accepted us, to realize that 5 million citizens of Turkey live in the EU ... We say: 'Don't delay. Let's finish it'."
At the end of last year, Ankara accused the EU of "bigoted attitudes" in a report on its application process. Turkey has closed only one of the 35 policy "chapters" that must be agreed with candidates.
France, Cyprus and the bloc's executive Commission have blocked all but 13 of those remaining, and Brussels has halted talks because it says Turkey does not meet EU standards on human rights or freedom of speech or religion.
In December, Germany's Foreign Minister said the standstill was unsatisfactory and called for fresh impetus.
France's new President, Francois Hollande, has stopped short of endorsing Turkey's EU candidacy, but has said it should be judged on political and economic criteria - a contrast to his predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy's position that Turkey did not form part of Europe.

INTEL REPORT: TURKEY
MAY BE DIVIDED BY 2030

A new report from the U.S. National Intelligence council claims the possible formation of Kurdistan may harm Turkey's unity in upcoming years.
One of six scenarios presented in the report consisted of a rising Kurdistan, which in turn affects Turkey's territorial unity by carrying a risk of separation.
Turkey will also play an increasing role in the international arena and will have a wider influence in global affairs, the report said.
The report suggested that European countries should keep the possibility of Turkey's accession going, as well as the negotiations.
The report further stated that Turkey, among countries like Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Mexico and South Africa may witness an economic rise. Russia, Japan and Europe, however, may undergo an economic decline, according to the report.
Further scenarios included a decline in the "superpower" status as the United States as the country becomes “first among equals” in a new multi-polar world order.
China, however, is mentioned as a "slowly rising" global power that will "remain a top-tier player in Asia."
Islamist terror may be over by 2030, the report read.

KURDISH LEADER AND TURKISH MP
AHMET TURK, APOLOGIZES FOR THEIR
ROLE IN THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

February 4, Bolis (Marmara) - An influential Kurdish leader in Turkey, in an interview published on Sunday, acknowledged the Kurds’ role in the Armenian Genocide and apologized to the Armenians on behalf of the Kurdish people.
Turkish Parliament member and the Vice-President of the pro-Kurdish Democratic Society Congress Ahmet Turk said that in 1915 the Kurdish people had a large role in the torture and massacre of Armenians, Assyrians and Yezidis and, he as a Kurd, apologized to the Armenian people on behalf of all Kurds.
In the interview, Turk, who is also a mediator of talks between the Turkish government and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) imprisoned leader Abdullah Ocalan, urged Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to follow suit and recognize the Genocide.
He explained that the Kurdish population was used to commit the crimes against Armenians in 1915.
“Our grandfathers and fathers were used in the injustices perpetrated against Armenians, Assyrians and Yezidis. There’s blood on their hands. With the blood of these peoples they bloodied their own hands. Thus, as their children and grandchildren, we apologize,” said Turk.
“We, as Kurds, say that we did commit these crimes, but we committed them against our will,” added Turk.
“The Turkish government, instead of denying it, must also apologize… There is a need for fundamental change here,” said Turk.
On a related note, the owner of one of the largest corporations in Turkey Itzak Alaton urged the Turkish Socio-Economic Research Center to pursue the Turkish recognition of the Armenian Genocide.
“April 24, 1915 is around the corner. Let’s change our denialist policies. I am tired of the fear to face our past. Let’s raise our voices to our deputies in Ankara and those deputies should raise their voices to their political parties and leader in order for us to open our skeleton-filled closets,” said Alaton, who runs the Alarco Corporation in Turkey.

 

AGHET MOVIE REVEALS NEVER-SEEN FOOTAGE ON GENOCIDE

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AGHET [produced by NDR (German public television)], a new award-winning documentary made by German filmmaker Eric Friedler compellingly proves the truth of the Genocide of the Armenian people. Using the actual words of 23 German, American and other nationals who witnessed the events, and armed with archival materials, AGHET expertly takes on the challenge that PM Erdogan hurled at the world by stating: "Prove it."
AGHET incorporates never-before-seen footage and documents - making it one of the best researched and presented documentaries on the Armenian Genocide. The film also delves into the ongoing campaign of denial that the Turkish government has mounted since these events occurred in World War I.

EU-TURKEY TALKS "APPALLING"
AMID CYPRUS OCCUPATION

Andrew Brons -16 January 2013 - It is appalling that the EU has even entered entry negotiations with a country, Turkey, whose army still occupies part of one of the bloc's current member states, writes MEP.
Is it consistent for me, as a person who does not want his own country to remain a member of the European Union, to care about which countries join it? Well, a new country's citizens will eventually, if not immediately, have the right to move freely throughout the EU including to Britain.
While I would prefer it if the United Kingdom were not a member, I have no say at all in whether or not our membership should continue. Furthermore, if it must continue, I should prefer my country to be an involuntary member of an international organisation that is more European than of an international organisation that is less European. Turkey's people are not European by ancestry, culture or religion and not very European by geography.
Quite apart from Turkey's ancestry, culture, religion and geography, the behaviour of its army is not exactly what we might expect. It remains in illegal occupation of a sovereign state, Cyprus, that happens to be a member of the EU. However, far worse than the mere fact of its 39 years of occupation, have been the atrocities that it has committed following the invasion and during its occupation.
According to the secret report of the European Commission of Human Rights in 1974 alone, seven articles of the European Convention on Human Rights were broken. There were murders, rapes, looting, executions of men, women and children, forced labour, torture, forced expulsions, and imprisonment in concentration camps. The report said that the object "was to eradicate the Greek population" and that the atrocities were because of their "ethnic origin, race and religion".
It said that there were 3,000 people missing at the time of the report. While the main atrocities were committed nearly four decades ago, Turkey has allowed subsequent desecration of sacred and ancestral Greek Cypriot property, including churches and graveyards and allowed the sale of the spoils of this looting on international markets.
Turkey does not have a record for atoning for past wrongs. It has prosecuted the Turkish author Orhan Pamuk for describing the killing of Armenians in 1915 as genocide. The fact that the Turkish law is mirrored by an equally insane French law that makes it an offence to claim that the 1915 killings were not genocide, does not excuse Turkey. It simply makes France equally contemptible. Meanwhile Turkey has made no attempt to return the property belonging to Greek Cypriots or even to offer them compensation.
One does not have to be a supporter of the EU to find it appalling that the bloc has been negotiating with Turkey about its possible membership, when its army is still in occupation of part of a member state. The Cypriot government was remarkably restrained during the six months of its presidency of the Council of the EU last year but the Turkish government refused to have any dealings with it during that period. Should it be possible for a candidate country to be a continuing aggressor against an existing member?

Andrew Brons is a British non-attached member of the European Parliament.

 

ARMENIA NOMINATES ROCK MUSICIAN
GOR SUJYAN FOR EUROVISION

Dorians, a Yerevan rock band, led by vocalist Gor Sujyan has been selected as Armenia's nominee for the 2013 Eurovision contest to take place in Malmo, Sweden this May, the spokesperson for the nominating committee Gohar Gasparian told news media on January 22. A public competition will be held to select the song to be performed in Sweden.
Last year, Sujian expressed interest in representing Armenia at the Eurovision contest then held in Baku, but the Armenian public broadcaster eventually decided not to participate, citing security concerns.
Dorians were established in 2008 by music producer Vahagn Grigoryan with Sujyan on guitar and vocals, Gagik Khodavirdi as lead guitar, Arman Pahlevanyan on keyboard, Edgar Sahakyan on bass and Arman Jalalyan on drums. They first participated in the national contest for Eurovision nomination in 2009, but lost to the rock-folk duo of Inga and Anush Arshakian.
Dorians have since raked up a number of prizes, including as Armenia's best rock band of 2011. In September 2012, the Dorians performed with guitarist Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple fame and LA-based pianist Derek Sherinian in Yerevan and Stepanakert.

News in Brief

► "The Stepanakert Airport must be put into operation and we will make flights despite anything. We are civil aviation and we work to ensure the people's right of free movement stipulated by the International Law," says Dmitry Atbashyan, Head of the NKR Civil Aviation Department, commenting on the Azerbaijani Government's decision to hit the Armenian planes flying from Nagorno-Karabakh.
► The OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights will send 24 long-term and 250 short-term observers to monitor presidential elections in Armenia slated for February 18.
► A historic building, Bayazhan, in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, which was jointly constructed by Turkish and Armenian partners 115 years ago, has turned into a city museum after undergoing renovation, the Armenian Agos weekly reported on Monday.
► During a visit to Yerevan Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili made a promise to the head of the Holy Armenian Apostolic Church, Catholicos Karekin II to incoude Armenian history in the curriculum of Georgian schools.
► From the beginning of a military crisis in Syria about 6,000 Syrian Armenians found refuge in Armenia and most of them acquired citizenship.
► Azerbaijan will not mind operation of the Karabakh airport as long as it becomes a part of the peace agreement resolving the Karabakh conflict, Azeri Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov told a Monday press conference.
► A programme for Armenia-Greece military cooperation for 2013 has been signed in Yerevan.
► World famous composer and musician Yanni is set to have two concerts in Armenia. The concerts are scheduled for April 20 and 21, at 19:00, at Karen Demirjyan Sports Complex.

 

 

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Position Announcement for
Executive Manager Administrative Office of the Americas
Hamazkayin Armenian Cultural and Educational Society

The Central Executive Board of Hamazkayin is looking for an Executive Manager for its Administrative Office of the Americas to be located in Los Angeles, California.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
• Fund raising responsibilities: compiling of donor data base, distribution of literature to potential donors, organizing fund-raising contacts, meetings and gatherings, establishing and managing a web site to promote fundraising activities.
• Obtaining financial support from governmental entities, as well as institutions and NGOs.
• Expansion of cultural activities of Hamazkayin in the Americas: organizing cultural activities and cultural-artistic regional tours of superior quality, contributing to cultural-artistic exchanges between the Armenian communities of different countries of the Americas and the rest of the Armenian Diaspora and Armenia.
• Publishing and distribution of the Hamazkayin newsletter of the Americas.
• Establishing and managing the Hamazkayin web site of the Americas.
• Managing the Administrative Office of the Americas, including organizational work, gathering of relevant data, record keeping and financial management.

Position Requirements:
• A bachelor degree, preferably in Fundraising Management, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropic Studies or an equivalent program.
• Experience in the area of fundraising management, nonprofit management or philanthropic work is highly desirable.
• Excellent organizational skills with ability to work under pressure in a multi-tasking environment.
• Good command of spoken and written English and Armenian.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Good presentation skills.
• Excellent computer skills in MS Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, database management software, web tools and social media.

Salary is commensurate with relevant experience and academic background.

Applications should be emailed to central@hamazkayin.com specifying the job title in the subject line.
Closing date for applications is Tuesday April 30, 2013.
No applications will be accepted after this date.
Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

 

820 COPIES OF MANGA MESSIAH MADE AVAILABLE TO COMMUNITIES IN GREECE

More than 820 copies of Manga Messiah were made available to the Armenian young generation of Athens and Thessaloniki through the Bible Society in the Gulf and its General Secretary Mr. Hrayr Jebejian. The distribution program was held under the auspices of the Armenian Prelature of Greece and H.E. Bishop Khoren Doghramajian. The distribution project was also actively supported by the Armenian Evangelical Church in Kokkinia, Athens, under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Vicken Cholakian.
Azad Or reports: www.azator.gr/azad-or/colony-news/5350-2013-02-04-07-50-18

 

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"The absence of a fair and competitive environment in various sectors of the economy including the markets for essential commodities such as sugar, wheat, and fuel imports are widely perceived as a fundamental challenge for the Armenian economy. The dominant position of certain business circles in this sector is attributed to their close personal ties with high-level government officials." Excerpt from the HMF study, "Monopolies in Armenia" to be published in the next few days!
Gibrahayer Calendar:

► Saturday, February 9, 2012 at 5 pm: Armenian Evangelical Church service in Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstonos Street, Nicosia. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian. The service will be dedicated for VARTANANTZ.
► Saturday 16 February - Valentine's Party at Homenetmen - AYMA organised by Hamazkayin's Oshagan Cyprus Chapter.
► Saturday 2 March - Get ready for a Carnival Party at Homenetmen-AYMA. Details to follow.
Sunday 3 March - Carnival Party organized by Nareg Parents Association - details to follow.

► Sunday 10 March 2013 at 1:00 pm - Michink Dinner organised by Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen/AYMA. Details to follow.
Saturday 23 March at 4:00 pm - Easter Tea & Tombola organised by Armenian Relief Society (HOM) Cyprus "Sosse" Chapter at Homenetmen / AYMA.
► Sunday 31 March - Dinner Dance organised by Homenetmen - AYMA.
► Saturday 11 May at 7:00 pm - SIPAN & NANOR Dance Group's performance at Strovolos Municipal Theatre. Organised by Hamazkayin's Cultural and Educational Association's Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter, followed by dinner at Homenetmen - AYMA.
► Sunday 19 May - Pilgrimage St. Magar Monastery organised by the office of Armenian Representative.
► Sunday 26 May - KRAVADZ OR - "Sosse" Cyprus Chapter of The Armenian Relief Society (HOM)
► Saturday 9th November 2013 – KRAVADZ OR – Office Armenian Representative.

 

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FOOTBALL: Yerevan’s FC Banants plsyed three test matches in Cyprus. On January 23, against Ermis Aradippou of Cyprus, on January 26 FC Khimki of Russia’s Moscow Oblast (Region) and on February 1 against FC Mordovia Saransk of Russia.
FOOTBALL: Russia’s FC Ufa Mikhail Markosov will join Armenia’s national for a friendly match against Luxemburg. Markosov is the top scorer of the Russian club after the first round of Russian first division. Armenia's national team will play a friendly against Luxemburg in Valence, France, on February 5.
FOOTBALL: Armenian national football team and Russian First Division FC SKA-Energiya of Khabarovsk central defender Robert Arzumanyan is in Moscow these days. He has not yet annulled his contract with SKA-Energiya, but he does not plan on returning to the club.
CHESS: Grandmaster Tigran Petrosian tied Armenian Chess Championship round 9 game with Avetik Grigoryan to win a champion’s title for the 2nd year in a row. The victory brought Petrosian 7 points, as well as an AMD 1 million prize and a right join Armenian national team.

CHESS: Tata Steel Chess Festival is taking place in the Dutch town of Wijk aan Zee, with Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian climbing to the 3rd place. Aronian beat China’s Hou Yifan in round 8 to score 5 points and is currently 1 point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen.
FUTSAL: The Armenian national futsal team, which is currently in Macedonia, played its second friendly match against the hosting national squad. Friday’s game ended 4-1, for Macedonia. This was the Armenian national futsal team’s final test match ahead of the European Futsal Championship qualifying round, which will get underway next week in Bulgaria. At the qualifiers, Armenia will face Bulgaria, Wales, and Greece.
CHESS: International Master Anna Hairapetian beat Mariana Gasparian in the Armenian Women’s Chess Championship final round and won the title. Hayrapetyan scored 7 points out of 7 to win an AMD 300,000 prize and a right to join Armenian national team in 2013. Armine Babayan and Narine Gasparian were runners-up and won 200,000 and 150,000 each.
TENNIS: David Nalbandian has announced that he will participate in Brasil Open, where he will face Nicolás Almagro (Spain), Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) and Juan Monaco (Argentina). Former number Rafael Nadal is expected to make his comeback at the tournament.

 

 

 
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