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12 03 2008 -GIBRAHAYER, arenian Mghazi
Armenian MP press release - Nicosia 7 arch, 2008 - Armenian Parliamentary representative of Cyprus Vartkes Mahdessian, expressed his and the Armenian community's sorrow regarding comments made against the President of the Cyprus House of Representatives, Marios Garoyian.
He branded them as racist, and referred to similar comments made in the past when reference was made to Garoyian's Armenian origin, when he was seeking the Presidency of the DIKO party last year.
Mahdessian mentioned the long history and contribution of Cypriot Armenians, and made reference to the Cyprus constitution that recognises Armenian Cypriots as equals.
He also mentioned that such behaviour is unacceptable in a European Cyprus, and that our main concern and efforts should be geared towards a viable and fair solution of the Cyprus problem.

Washington, DC – Last week an Azerbaijani military unit attacked defence positions of Nagorno Karabakh, wounding two Karabakh officers and seizing two military posts near Levonarkh located in the northern part of the Line of Contact. After fruitless attempts to reinstate the status-quo through OSCE mediation, the NKR Defence Army launched a counter-offencive and restored its defence positions causing casualties to the adversary.
This blatant violation of the 1994 Ceasefire Agreement by Azerbaijan follows President Ilham Aliyev’s recent statement that his country had been buying military hardware, aeroplanes and ammunition and was prepared to attack Nagorno Karabakh again.
NKR Government informed the OSCE representative in the region about the Azeri attack and asked the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-office to urge Baku to stop the offencive and retire to previous positions. However, Azerbaijan’s refusal to cooperate left no option for the NKR defence forces other than to respond in kind, reclaiming the two military posts after a brief but intensive firefight.
NKR Ministry of Foreign Affairs called for a crisis-monitoring of the area to fully investigate the incident. However, the mission, which was planned for March 7, had to be postponed due to Baku's refusal to ensure the security of the OSCE personnel.
NKR military intelligence points to increased concentration of Azerbaijani military hardware and personnel close to Levonarkh.
“We urge, once again, the Azeri leadership to refrain from attempts to violate the armistice and also warn that any intrusion by the Azeri military units will receive an adequate response of the NKR Defence Army,” said today’s statement of the NKR Foreign Ministry.
The OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs issued a statement in which they called on the conflicting sides to restore confidence along the Line of Contact and desist from any further confrontations, escalation of violence or warmongering rhetoric.
“The Co-Chairs reiterate that there is no military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The outbreak of hostilities would destabilise the entire region, with calamitous consequences for all involved”, the statement said in part.
In the last several years Azerbaijan has used its vast oil revenues to build up its offencive capabilities aimed against Nagorno Karabakh, threatening the latter with another war. Azerbaijan’s destructive behaviour jeopardises OSCE mediation efforts and also goes against the U.S. goal of fostering peace and stability in the South Caucasus.
The Nagorno Karabakh Republic remains fully committed to the peaceful resolution of the conflict with Azerbaijan and also ready to resume full-fledged negotiations without any preconditions. NKR welcomes continued mediation efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group, co-chaired by the United States, Russia and France.
We also call on the United States and the international community to hold Azerbaijan accountable for the recent violation of the truce and to help prevent further escalation of tensions in the region.


* Our online family - O omphalos tis gis - a round-up of developments in the Cyprus problem.
* Eurovision 2008 - Azeris claim Armenia song is "theirs" !!!
* Photo Album - more images from our Churches in Turkish-occupied Cyprus
* Article of the week - by Armen Ayvazyan in Yerevan
* Cyprus this week
* Online Petitions - On world peace and the riots in Yerevan
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Gibrahayer - Nicosia March 12 - The Azeri/Turkish propaganda machine is at work again, spreading lies. This time it is Karabagh's turn and the Turkish propaganda machine is now "seeing" Kurds relocating in Artsakh, who have fled from from northern Iraq.
Whether these stories are fabricated to cover Turkey's aggression in North Iraq, whether these stories are used for internal consumption in Azerbaijan, we here in Cyprus can simply state the following"
Reading these lies, we remember when the Turkish propaganda machine was "seeing" Armenian terrorists in Melkonian School, planning helicopter attacks on our community and demanding from the Cyprus government to contain terrorist pockets in government controlled areas !!!
Now we read the following from the same propaganda machine:

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Makfax Agency - Bolis March 6, 2008 - Turkey is bracing for a joint military operation with Azerbaijan in Nagorno Karabakh, Azerbaijan's daily Yeni Musavat writes in today's edition. According to the newspaper, the preparations are under way for a comprehensive military operation in Nagorno Karabakh against members of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) who were forced out from northern Iraq by the Turkish Army. Yeni Musavat's article, which was cited in several Turkish media today, says that "even US approved such a move." The daily further says that a joint Turkish-Azeri headquarter has been already set up. Nagorno Karabakh is an enclave formed on the territory of Azerbaijan, populated with Armenians.

Hurriyet - Acclaimed Armenian "duduk" (a woodwind instrument) player Jivan Gasparyan and Turkish folk singer Yavuz Bingol are set to take on a tour in April to promote peace and friendship between Turkey and Armenia. The two musicians will travel the U.S., France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Italy. "We have a thousand-year-old common history between us. We are taking on the road to tell this friendship in our songs," Bingol said.


Dedicated to the martyrs of Sumgait Massacres and the
20th anniversary of the liberation struggle of Artsakh
organised by the Cyprus political parties of
Ramgavar, Henchagian and Dashnaktsoutiun
Friday 28 March at 8:30 pm
at Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature


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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian

* Google Blogoscoped has a report that YouTube has been blocked in
Armenia, preventing Armenian citizens from getting news there. The
YouTube blockage is undoubtedly to prevent Armenian citizens from
viewing the official channel of A1plus news, the pro-opposition station
that was taken off the air in 2002.
* Yerevan Municipality has spent AMD 2.5 million ($8,100) for cleaning
the city's center after public unrest broken out last weekend.
* Armenia's Constitutional Court rejected an opposition candidate's
appeal of last month's disputed presidential election, noting there were
some violations in the election but said they did not affect the results.
* On 3 March, the EU Council of Ministers adopted a decision approving
the signing and provisional application of an aviation agreement between
the EU and Armenia. The agreement will allow all EU airlines to offer
services to Armenia from any member state which has concluded a
bilateral agreement with it.
* Turkey's government declined to sign a EU-funded cooperation agreement
with Bulgaria because of the decision of the city council in the Black
Sea city of Burgas to recognise the genocide of the Armenians in the
Ottoman Empire in 1915-1922. The funds blocked by Turkey under the PHARE Trans-border Cooperation Program amount to EUR 32 Million.

Sports by Sevag Devletian

* Mano Kouyoumdjian is included in the Cyprus Ski Team that is participating in the World Student Games that are taking place in Grenoble - France from 9-13 March. The team returns on Friday.
* Edmond Aynedjian and Yanos Kouyoumdjian are in the quarter finals of the Under 12 Doubles Pancyprian Limassol Championships that are taking place at The Sporting Club.
* Argentinian Armenian tennis player David Nalbandian maintained the 7th place in the list of the best tennis players of the world issued by the Professional Tennis Association. Roger Federer tops the list with 6 630 points, Spanish Rafael Nadal comes second and Novak Jokovich of Serbia is third. While Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis ranks 18th.
* Levon Aronian drew with Alexey Shirov (Spain) in the twelfth stage of
the Chess Super Tournament being held in the city of Linares in Spain
and currently third place in the tournament table with 6.5 points.
* The Youth Tournament of the Fencing World Cup Tournament was held in
the city of Yazd of Iran where Olga Janpoladian from Armenia took 3rd place

gibrahay calendar
# Friday 14 March, after Hsgoum - Lecture: "Avak Shapat" by Mr. Sebouh Tavitian at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church, Nicosia
# Sunday 16 March at 9:30 am - Tsaghgazart Holy Liturgy followed by Tapor
# Sunday 16 March from 4-6 pm - Easter Tea organised by the Sosse Chapter of the Armenian Relief Society of Cyprus (HOM), at The Cleopatra Hotel in Nicosia. Music and surprises.
# Sunday 16 March at 6:00 pm - Terempatsek
# Tuesday 18 March at 5:00 pm - Avak Yerekshpti - Hishadag Dase Gouyserou - Jamerkoutiun
# Wednesday, 19 March at 8:00 pm - VERELK by stand up comedian Vartan Bedrossian at Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature - Entrance 10 euro. Organised by The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus "Oshagan" Chapter, under the auspices of Armenian MP in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian.
# Thursday 20 March - Avak Hinkshapti
# Thursday 20 March at 10:30 am - Badarak
# Thursday 20 March at 5:00 pm - Vodenleva
# Thursday 20 March at 8:00 pm - Khavaroum
# Friday 21 March 7:00 pm - Taghoum
# Saturday 22 March - Avak Shapat
# Saturday 22 March at 5:00 pm - Jamerkoutiun
# Saturday 22 March at 5:30 pm - Entertsvadzner
# Saturday 22 March at 6:00 pm - Holy Liturgy
# Sunday 23 March - Armenian Easter
# Sunday 23 March at 10:00 am - Easter Holy Liturgy
# Sunday 23 March - Easter Lunch organised by the Larnaca Armenian Club. Details to follow.
# Sunday, 23 March, 2008 at 6:00pm - Armenian Evangelical church, Easter
Service, in Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstonos street, Nicosia. Speaker: Hrayr Jebejian. All are welcome.
# Friday 28 March at 8:30 pm - Political Gathering at Utudjian Hall, organised by the Cyprus bodies of Ramgavar, Henchagian and Dashnaktsagan political parties, dedicated to the martyrs of Sumgait Massacres and the 20th anniversary of the liberation struggle of Artsakh.
# Sunday 30 March - AYF Badanegan is organising an excursion for 7-14 year old at The Limassol Zoo. Details to follow. To sign up call unger Kevork on 99817806.
# Saturday, 5 April - SIPAN Dance Ensemble of The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter. Annual Performance at Strovolos Municipal Hall under the auspices of The President of The Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias. Followed by a Dinner Dance, Kef, at Cleopatra Hotel. Details to follow.
# Wednesday April 16 - Concert by Haroutune Bedelian (Violin) and Lorna Griffitt (Piano) PASYDY Auditorium organized by The Pharos Trust and the Armenian Representative's Office of Vartkes Mahdessian. Details to follow.
# Sunday 4 May - TIMAG Theatre Company of The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association "Oshagan" Cyprus Chapter. Annual Performance. PASIDY Hall - Nicosia. Remaining details to follow.
# Wednesday 24 April - Commemoration of The Armenian Genocide
# Monday May 5, at 8:00 pm - Public lecture entitled. "The Bible: Historical reflection on the Armenian translation and its role in developing Armenian National Identity", organised by The Armenian Evangelical Church. Speaker: The Rev. Dr. Manuel Jinbashian from Canada.

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