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CYPRUS TROIKA'S ASHOT SUKIASYAN
ARRESTED IN TBILISI AIRPORT

Hetq - Ashot Sukiasyan, the businessman who went into hiding after Hetq broke the Cyprus offshore story, was arrested in Tbilisi, Georgia.
Sukiasyan was detained at Tbilisi Airport while goin through Georgia passport control. He had just disembarked a flight from Turkey.
Hetq was informed of this latest development in the case by Armenian police officials, who said that Sukiasyan was tracked down and arrested through a joint operation of Armenian police, the Interpol office in Armenia, and Georgia law enforcement.
Armenian police told Hetq that Sukiasyan’s extradition to Armenia is being hashed out.
Armenian police issued a search warrant for Sukiasyan last June and charged him with large-scale embezzlement and money laundering.
While on the run, Sukiasyan claimed that it was he who added the names of Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Archbishop Navasard Kjoyan to a registry document of an off-shore company called Wlispera Holdings Limited.

SYRIAN KURDS DECLARE AUTONOMY

Syrian Kurds declared an autonomous provincial government in the country’s northern territory on Tuesday, according to reports. The move comes ahead of the Geneva 2 peace talks, in which they will not have direct representation.
A municipal council will run the territory’s affairs from one of three administrative districts. The body - The Cizîre Canton of West (Syrian) Kurdistan - will have its own president and 22 ministries, including foreign affairs, defense, justice and education. Kurdish, Arab, and Assyrian representatives will be appointed to each ministry. Kurdish, Arabic, and Syriac have been designated as the canton’s official languages. Elections will be held in four months, Reuters reported, citing the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Kurds have used the confusion and chaos of the Syrian civil war as an opportunity to assert more control over the northeastern area of the country.
The announcement came following a meeting of the Legislative Assembly of the Democratic Autonomous Government of Western Kurdistan, “attended by all members of the Assembly which is made up of 52 parties, civil society organizations, youth and women’s movements and 15 independent individuals,” Firat news agency reported.
The formulation of an autonomous governmental body follows requests - which were ultimately denied - for a Kurdish delegation at the Geneva 2 peace talks in Switzerland, separate from the Syrian government and opposition.
The dominant political party in Kurdish Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), blamed regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as the United States, for blocking its attempts to take part in the convention, which seeks to smooth tensions between warring factions fighting in the country.

In Syria, Kurds make up around one-tenth of the population, and have suffered repression for decades. Since the outbreak of civil war in 2011, Kurds have largely had to fight on their own, as President Bashar Assad’s government has focused on fighting against militants and Islamist groups.
Some Kurdish parties will attend the Geneva talks as entities of the Western-backed National Coalition, though the PYD rejected adhering to any resolutions that are reached in Switzerland.
The talks, set to begin Wednesday, have been preceded by acrimony following a rescinded United Nations invitation to Iran and evidence that appears to implicate the Syrian government in the torture and killing of thousands of detainees.
The PYD is allied with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has criticized the peace talks for being a choice between two evils for Kurds. The PKK has fought Turkey for over three decades, leading to the deaths of 40,000 people.
"At a time when all sides are being invited to the conference, the Kurds' demand for participation has been overlooked," the PKK said in a recent statement.
The Syrian opposition's “attitude is no different from that of the (President Assad’s) Baath regime. They don't take seriously the demands of the Kurdish people, just like Turkey's attitude."
The PKK likened the Geneva 2 conference to the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923, which is responsible for the modern Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria borders, leaving Kurds’ ethnic homeland splintered among the four countries.
Kurds “lived one century suffering the outcomes of Lausanne," the statement said. "Therefore, they will not allow Geneva 2 to be another Lausanne for them."
For thousands of years the majority of Kurds have lived in the so-called Kurdistan Region, an area along the border of four Middle Eastern countries – Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran. The Kurdish population in the region is around 40 million, making Kurds one of the world's largest ethnic groups without its own state.

"Buradayız Ahparig"

Hurriyet Daily News - Tens of thousands gathered in Istanbul to mark the seventh anniversary of the killing of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink on January 19 in Turkey

The Friends of Hrant Dink organization, established in memory of the late journalist, called for a march starting at 1:30 p.m. from Taksim Square, which ended with a homage to Dink in front of the Agos newspaper’s office building in the Pangaltı neighborhood of Şişli.
Police took tight security measures around Istanbul’s Taksim Square and closed Gezi Park, which was the site of massive resistance against the government last summer, ahead of the commemoration.
The crowd marched to the front of Armenian weekly Agos, where Hrant Dink was murdered in broad daylight by a 17-year-old nationalist in 2007.
At 2:56 p.m., mourners observed a minute of silence for Dink, after which Gülten Kaya, the widow of late singer Ahmet Kaya, took the microphone. Kaya commemorated not only Dink, but also those who were killed during the Gezi Park Resistance last year. “We are here not only to remember Hrant, but also Ethem [Sarısülük], Abdullah [Cömert], Medeni [Yıldırım], Ahmet [Atakan] and those who died in the Gezi protests,” Kaya said. “You have left mothers and fathers devoid of their children. Sons of this country were shot with treacherous bullets. How can we forget how many homes were broken?” she said.

Hrant Dink commemorated seven years after his murder
“What is your truth? This is 2014: You are carrying guns in your trucks instead of peace, democracy and human rights,” Kaya added, addressing Turkey’s security forces.
Dink, the highly esteemed former editor-in-chief of weekly Agos, was murdered in broad daylight in front of his newspaper’s building on Jan. 19, 2007 by a 17-year-old Turkish nationalist. The triggerman, Ogün Samast, was convicted of premeditated murder and sentenced to 22 years and 10 months of prison after a two year-trial.
The marchers chanted the slogan “Buradayız Ahparig!” (a half-Turkish, half-Armenian slogan meaning “We are here, brother"), “For Hrant, for justice,” and “We are all Armenians,” in front of the Agos office. A popular chant from the Gezi Park protests, “Everywhere is Taksim, everywhere is resistance,” was also heard.
After the rally ended, the crowd marched to Taksim.
In a controversial apparent gesture, a number of traffic police officers assigned to the area were photographed wearing white caps. On the day of the murder, Samast was wearing a white cap, which later became an infamous symbol of the incident and a badge of pride among ultranationalist fascists.
Ertuğrul Günay, a former member of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), asked Istanbul Gov. Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, who became the subject of mass revilement last year due to perceived lies surrounding the police's often brutal conduct during the Gezi Resistance, over Twitter who had ordered the police to don white caps.

A small group of Trabzonspor supporters also attracted attention, carrying a banner that read "We have not forgotten" in honor of the slain journalist; Samast and those involved in instigating the murder were based in Trabzon, and the Black Sea side's supporters are infamous for their ultranationalism. During the march, the Trabzonspor supporters chanted "Trabzonspor is here, where are the gangs?"
The Dink murder case remains unsolved, with the court ruling that it was not a result of an organized crime to the dismay of Dink’s family and supporters. The ruling was made despite serious claims that a number of civil servants linked to the “deep state” were “indirectly” involved.
The acquittal of top suspects was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeals and many key suspects charged as instigators of the murder, such as Yasin Hayal and Erhan Tuncel, are currently being retried.
The organizers of the commemorative march also denounced the trial process, accusing the state of protecting those responsible for the murder.

 
"IN CASE OF WAR THE ARMENIAN
FLAG WILL BE HOISTED IN BAKU"

The flag of Azerbaijan can really - and even should - be hoisted in Nagorno-Karabakh, but only on the roof of the Embassy of that country.
Babayan commented on the statement by chairman Bayram Safarov of the “Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno-Karabakh” NGO, according to which, “The tricolor flag of Azerbaijan will wave in Nagorno-Karabakh.”
“The flag of Azerbaijan should wave on the roof of its Embassy in Nagorno-Karabakh, and we consider this to be the shortest way to settle the Azerbaijani-Karabakh conflict.
“In our turn, we stand ready to allocate a place for the Embassy in Shushi or Stepanakert, or somewhere else where we see fit,” Babayan noted.
He also added that if Safarov means to say that the Azerbaijani flag can appear in the NKR as a result of war, he is sadly mistaken.
“In case of war, the Karabakh tricolour will appear in the Azerbaijani capital city of Baku, atop the President’s Office and on top of all important institutions in Azerbaijan,” Davit Babayan concluded.

A JUNIOR SERGEANT OF THE KARABAKH REPUBLIC ARMY KILLED IN COMBAT

Հավերժ մեր սրտերում կրտսեր սերժանտ Արմեն Հովհաննիսյան. տեսանյութA junior sergeant of the armed forces of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic - Karabakh Army junior sergeant Armen Hovhannisyan - was killed by an Azeri sabotage group on January 20.
The Ministry said Hovhannisyan “courageously executing the combat task was killed with an enemy bullet.”
Nagorno-Karabakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan signed a decree awarding Hovhannisyan the Karabakh Medal of Courage “for bravery shown during the defense of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic state border.” He will be buried at Yerablour National Cemetery.

To view a video dedicated to the young sergeant click here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lU8nLs5LwN4

 
Click here for an audio report from journalist Bella Lalayan
https://soundcloud.com/bella-lalayan/sdi3che7y867#new-timed-comment-at-115491
RUSSIA FORMS HELICOPTER SQUADRON FOR ARMENIAN BASE IN EREBUNI AIR BASE
Mi-24P helicopter

MOSCOW, January 17 (RIA Novosti) – The Russian military has formed a helicopter squadron to strengthen its air contingent at the Erebuni air base in Armenia, the press service of Russia’s Southern Military District said Friday.
Russia’s 3624th Air Base at the Erebuni airport in Yerevan currently hosts at least 16 MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter jets operating under the framework of air defense agreements concluded between the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
“The Russian air contingent [in Armenia] will be strengthened with Mi-24P attack helicopters, Mi-8MT and Mi-8SMV military transport helicopters, which will be used for ground support and transportation of the [Russian] troops deployed in Armenia,” the press service said in a statement.
The Mi-24P (Hind-F) is a gunship version of the famed Russian attack helicopter armed with a side-mounted 30-mm GSh-30K twin-barrel cannon, while the Mi-8SMV (Hip-J) is an airborne jamming platform with “Smalta-V” system, designed to protect ground attack aircraft from enemy air defenses.
The personnel of the squadron are undergoing specific training at an airbase in Rostov-on-Don.
The helicopters will be gradually deployed at the Erebuni base through 2014, the press service said.
Armenian Deputy Defense Minister Ara Nazaryan said in November last year that the Russian squadron at the Erebuni base would comprise 18 helicopters.
The Erebuni air base is part of Russia’s 102nd military base located in Gyumri, near Armenia’s border with Turkey.
The 102nd base has been deployed in Gyumri since 1995 under a bilateral treaty that was extended in 2010 from 25 to 49 years, ensuring a Russian military presence in Armenia through 2044.

FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR SCHOOLS IN GREECE

 
REMEMBERING THE FOUNDING FATHERS OF MELKONIAN
 
Goethe-Institute Cyprus 3 February 2014 8:00 pm (UN buffer zone)
FILM: "Ashes and Phoenix“ German with English subtitles) by Merlyn Solakhan and Manfred Blank;

February 3rd 2014 is the 88th death anniversary of the German theologian and orientalist Dr. Johannes Lepsius (1858-1926), whose name is unsolvable connected with the history of the Armenian people. The writer Franz Werfel erected him a literary monument in his famous novel “The forty days of Musa Dagh”, where he named Lepsius the “guardian angel of the Armenians”. We remember this great orientalist and humanist by presenting the documentary film “Ashes and Phoenix”, which was produced with the support of the German Federal Foundation for Culture in 2009.
With an introduction (in English) by Björn Luley, Director of the Goethe-Institute in Nicosia. Admission is free.
Lepsius is known for his documentation of the Armenian Genocide. His work, "Report on the situation of the Armenian people in Turkey", was censored on August 7, 1916, however 20,000 copies were sent throughout Germany before the censorship was enforced. Another edition of the documentation is an interview with Enver Pasha in 1915 that bears the title "The death corridor of the Armenian people".
In 1909 the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire had high expectations from the Young Turk movement which brought Abdul Hamid's regime to an end. Yet during the opening months of the First World War, there were mass arrests, deportations, and massacres of Armenians living in Eastern Anatolia. During this time, Lepsius founded humanitarian relief activities, and tried (unsuccessfully) to influence Germany, the Ottoman Empire's ally, which had thousands of soldiers and officers stationed throughout the Ottoman Empire. According to Ernst Jaeckh "At the time of World War I he introduced the Armenian protagonist. Dr. Lepsius, to the Turkish Generalissimo Enver Pasha, and through the author's [Jaeckh's] intervention the lives of many Armenians, particularly women and children, were saved."
Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Lepsius

Gibrahayer Calendar

► Saturday 1 February at Homenetmen - AYMA - BBQ Night only 10 euros per person
► Monday 3 February - Film at the Geothe Institute on the Green Line (next to the Ledra Palace), entitled "Ashes and Phoenix", dedicated to the 88th anniversary of the death of German theologian and orientalist Dr. Johannes Lepsius (1858-1926), whose name is unsolvably connected with the history of the Armenian people and the Armenian Genocide. Admission is free. Details above.
► Wednesday February 12 at 6:00 pm - Following the monthly member's meeting of the Armenian Relief Society Sosse Cyprus Chapter, Dr. Neofytos Neofytou will deliver a lecture, which is open to all community members.
► Wednesday February 19 at 8:00 pm - Literary evening organised by Hamazkayin's Oshagan Cyprus Chapter at Homenetmen AYMA (details to follow).
► Saturday 5 April at 8:00 pm - Commemorative Concert dedicated to Music Masters Vahan Bedelian and Hayrabed Torossian at Palace Theatre in Nicosia. Details to follow.
► Sunday 4 May at 7:00 pm - Hamazkayin's Oshagan Cyprus Chapter's Timag Theatre Group presents "Trakhdi Jampan Kidek?" at PASYDY Hall. Written and directed by Natasha Tavoukjian
► Saturday 10 May at 7:00 pm - Hamazkayin Sipan Dance Ensemble and Nanor Junior Dance Ensemble annual performance at Strovolos Municipal Theatre. Artistic Director Bedros Gharibian.
► Sunday 18 May - Pilgrimage to St. Magar Monastery organised by the Office of the Armenian Representative.
► Saturday 15 November – KRAVADZ OR – Office of the Armenian Representative.

 
VAHAN AYNEDJIAN IS INVITED BY NILGUN GUNEY TO HER ART STUDIO AND TALKS TO TURKISH CYPRIOT ARTISTS ABOUT HIS GRANDFATHER AND TURKISH LYCEE MUSIC MASTER VAHAN BEDELIAN
 
PAINTING OF SOURP ASDVADZADZIN CHURCH BY TURKISH CYPRIOT PAINTER FERAH KAYA
 

1970 IMAGES OF RAQUEL WELCH IN CYPRUS IMMORTALISED THROUGH THE LENS OF HAROUTIUN (ARTIN) ANMAHOUNI

For more images of her Cyprus visit while filming the movie "SIN", click here

HAIG ASHDJIAN, EDMOND AYNEDJIAN AND DAVIT MINASYAN SWEEP FOUR CYPRUS NATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP TITLES

In the Cyprus National Championships - the last and most important tournament of the year - Davit Minasyan - the Armenian coach at the Ioannides Tennis Academy in Limassol - teamed up with
Const. Ioannides and won the Men's Doubles title in a thrilling three setter by overcoming Markos Asvestas and Constantinos Christoforou 6-2, 4-6, 10-8.
Edmond Aynedjian won the National Singles Juniors title by defeating Efrem Stylianou 6-1, 6-2 overcoming all the top seeds on the way to the finals.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Haig Ashdjian swept two more titles, the over 45 doubles (with Costas Avraam) and the singles title, bringing his career wins to 400, in his sensational and illustrious career !!!

Well done boys !
www.tenniszone.eu

Photo

It's no accident, I think, that ‪‎tennis‬ uses the language of life. Advantage, service, fault, break, love, the basic elements of tennis are those of everyday existence, because every match is a life in miniature. Even the structure of tennis, the way the pieces fit inside one another like Russian nesting dolls, mimics the structure of our days. Points become games become sets become tournaments, and it's all so tightly connected that any point can become the turning point. It reminds me of the way seconds become minutes become hours, and any hour can be our finest. Or darkest. It's our choice...
Andre Agassi
ARMENIAN FOOTBALL FANS OF THE WEEK
FROM BRUSSELS - THE KARYDES BROTHERS
Photo: Shad Darinerou from Brussels

LEGENDARY ARARAT FC LEAVE YEREVAN SUB-ZERO TEMPERATURES AND ARRIVE IN CYPRUS FOR WINTER TRAINING

Legendary Ararat Football Club of Yerevan on Wednesday will arrive in Larnaca from Yerevan where they will hold a ten-day training camp.
The Ararat delegation is comprised of 19 players.
Ararat are scheduled to play two friendly matches and they will also try out new players for transfer.

Images from AYMA - Homenetmen Ball
For more images of the Ball visit the AYMA Homenetmen Facebook Page
SEVAN MALIKYAN EXHIBITS IN GLORIA GALLERY

Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra - Sevan Malikyan is a young Armenian-Cypriot artist. Following his studies in England, since his arrival here from London in 2008, he has been furthering his artistic education and has been an active painter. He is a promising expressive/abstract painter painting Armenian and non-Armenian themes in a unique way. All his works bear a distinctiveness, in such a way that you immediately recognise they are Sevan's work. His works are found in Cyprus, the United Kingdom, Spain, Tunis and around the world. His exhibition is open through 30 January 2014. Once you admire his work, it will be worth your while!

For more images of theSevan Malikyan's exhibition at Gloria Gallery, please click below
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COMMUNITY ALBUM

Archbishop Makarios visits Magaravank in 1966

 
WHAT ABOUT STEPANAKERT?

 

If the Turkish invading army in north Cyprus can set up an airport, what are the freedom fighters of Stepanakert and the Karabakh Republic waiting for?

Like every year, we borrow our own John Guevherian's brush
to wish you all Happy New Year and a Merry Christmas

 

 
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