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050907 - GIBRAHAYER, armenian online magazine
Gibrahayer. Nicosia Tuesday September 6, 2005. The Armenian community of Cyprus bid a final farewell to its representative in the Cyprus Parliament of ten years, Bedros Kalaydjian on Saturday September 3, 2005 at the Armenian Cemetery of Larnaca after a funeral service at Sourp Stepanos Church in his native town of Larnaca.
Hundreds attended the funeral in Larnaca. Cypriot and Armenian organisations paid their final respects by laying wreaths, while Nareg School's Committee member Yeran Kouyoumdjian in her eulogy, emphasised Kalaydjian's work in the community towards promoting Armenian education and culture, Armenia-Cyprus relations, and his efforts in promoting internal community harmony. Kouyoumdjian also said that Kalaydjian was an ethical and compassionate politician who cared about everything and everyone around him.
Also bidding farewell was AGBU veteran Haygashen Ouzounian with whom Kalaydjian had collaborated closely, to try to save Melkonian from closure.
On Saturday evening Gibrahayer received this letter from His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, to the family of Bedros Kalaydjian.
To: Mr. Simon N. Aynedjian,
Editor of Gibrahayer
Dear Mr. Aynedjian,I have been enjoying receiving your newsletter on a regular basis in Holy Etchmiadzin, and wish to express my thanks and appreciation for adding my e-mail address to your subscribers.
We read with sadness about the death of Mr. Bedros Kaladjian. I would appreciate it very much if you could please deliver the attached letter from His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, to the family of Bedros Kalaydjian.
Thank you very much,Rev. Fr. Ktrij Devedjian - Foreign Press Secretary - Catholicosate of All Armenians - Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

We also received these condolences letters that arrived to the family of Bedros Kalaydjian.

Nicosia, 2nd September 2005
To the Kalaydjian Family,It is with great sorrow that I learnt of the death of your beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bedros Kalaydjian.
Despite my deepest wish to be present at his funeral, unfortunately I shall be unable to attend as I will be leaving for the United States where I will be representing the Republic of Cyprus at the 60th congress of the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Both the Government of Cyprus and I personally share the heavy grief that the family as well as the Armenian Community at large feel over the loss of such an extraordinary and distinguished man and politician, and we express our heartfelt and sincere condolences.
I was fortunate enough to know and work with the late Bedros, with whom I shared a long, genuine and sincere friendship. I had the privilege of sharing with him pleasant as well as stressful moments, while also being privy to his great love, concern and tireless efforts in promoting the welfare and progress of the Armenians of Cyprus, of the Republic of Armenia and of the entire Cypriot nation.
Bedros the man, the visionary, methodical, diligent, consistent and effective, as representative of the Armenian Community in the House of Representatives, has left an indelible mark on Cypriot society. He was the driving force behind the efforts to strengthen and expand the political, economic and cultural relations between the republics of Armenia and Cyprus.
I shall never forget our last meeting, at the Presidential Palace, where even though he was pale and weak from his illness, he spoke of his well-known vision of a “Monument of Gratitude” in Larnaca, his life’s dream, and stated that he hoped God would allow him the time to see the project brought to fruition. Unfortunately, he has not been able to taste the fruits of his endeavors. However, the completion of his project will remind everyone of his selfless work and of the insoluble ties between the Cypriot and Armenian peoples, whose worthy son was our beloved friend Bedros Kalaydjian.
Please accept our most sincere and genuine condolences.
Tassos Papadopoulos - President of the Republic of Cyprus
Yerevan, 3rd September 2005
On behalf of the National Assembly of Armenia and myself, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the exemplary man and politician, member of Parliament of the Cyprus House of Representatives, Bedros Kalaydjian, following his untimely death. The passing away of Bedros Kalaydjian is a heavy blow both for the Armenian Community of Cyprus and for all those who knew him.
In his capacity as chairman of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund in Cyprus, and as a member of the Church Council, the Melkonian Educational Institute’s Board of Trustees, and of the Armenian Parliamentary Friendship Association, Bedros Kalaydjian accomplished countless noteworthy deeds both in Armenia and in Cyprus, setting a high and patriotic example for others to follow. Our memories of him, together with his good name, will always live on in our hearts.
Artur Baghdasaryan - President of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia
Yerevan, 3rd of September 2005
To the Kalaydjian Family, It is with great sorrow that we learnt of the untimely passing away of our beloved Bedros, and we express our condolences and share with you the grief of his loss.
Bedros Kalaydjian was loved and respected both by the Cypriot Armenian community and by the Armenian nation at large.
He was one of the Armenian Diaspora’s most outstanding political and social figures, one who dedicated his life and efforts to solving our nation’s many challenges.
He always displayed great interest and concern in strengthening and developing further the ties between Armenia and the Diaspora and between Armenia and Cyprus. Bedros’ personality was both impressive and imposing, and we all knew him as a dignified, caring, dedicated and good man, a man deeply aware of his many responsibilities.
His death is a great loss to us all. His reputation and our memories of him will always live on in our hearts.
Vartan Oskanyan - Foreign Minister of the Republic of Armenia
ANKARA - TDN with wire services (Turkish Daily News) September 5, 2005. Turkish police on Sunday used truncheons and tear gas against protestors, who went on a violent spree after being barred from attending a planned demonstration in Bursa, in several neighborhoods in Istanbul and around the nation.
Protestors trying to reach a rally in Gemlik in favor outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan were stopped by police on late Saturday and Sunday and scuffles broke out around the nation. Local authorities had previously banned the demonstration on the grounds that it was masterminded by the outlawed PKK.
The rally was organized by a non-governmental organization that is trying to improve the prison conditions for Ocalan who is serving a life sentence in solitary confinement.
Improving Ocalan's prison conditions was also one of the demands made by the PKK, when it announced a one-month unilateral ceasefire to give Ankara time to improve Kurdish freedoms.
Some protestors hurled incendiary devices at shops and in the streets around the Alibeykoy district in Istanbul's European side and a bus was set on fire in the Gazi neighborhood while demonstrators pelted a police station with stones in downtown Beyoglu..
Police and paramilitary gendarmerie troops, reinforced by forces from neighboring towns, have set up checkpoints at all entrances to Gemlik and have stopped some 60 buses bringing in activists from around the country, several kilometers from the town.
Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said on Sunday that the government would never tolerate terrorism, and the resources of the state would be used to eliminate it.
...follow the latest news regarding the Pan-Armenian mobilization against the decision of the AGBU to shut down Melkonian school ...
•A total of 650 traffic accidents were registered in Armenia in January-July, 2005, which is by 0.9% higher than the accidents registered during the corresponding period in 2004, the RA National Statistical Service reports. The statistics reports that 129 individuals died in these accidents (by 4% higher than in January-July, 2005), and 922 individuals were injured (by 9.2% higher than in January-July, 2004.
•Three mountain-climbers from Armenia, Hakob Gnuni, Vazgen Gnuni and Karo Kendanian, conquered Mount Ararat these days and erected Armenian tricolor on its top. They climbed the mountain together with climbers from Greece.
•A European Armenian Federation conference, titled “December 2004 – October 2005; Has Turkey Changed ?” is scheduled to take place in the European Parliament, Brussels, on Thursday, September 22nd reported the European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy (EAFJD). Organized on the invitation of the EPP party, and particularly through the support of Parliament Vice-President, Dr. Ingo Friedrich, the conference aims to address various points dealing with Turkish membership. Many leaders of human rights associations and NGOs will speak as well as political leaders from different European parties. Both events are open to the public. Information and registration forms will be available shortly on the European Armenian Federation website,
•The former president of the unrecognized Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Rauf Denktas, has welcomed cooperation between Northern Cyprus and Azerbaijan. He said that the purpose of his visit to Azerbaijan is to strengthen friendly ties between Azerbaijan and Northern Cyprus.
•Billionaire investor Kirk Kerkorian’s Tracinda Corp. is increasing its stake in General Motors Corp. to 9.53 percent, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Beverly Hills-based Tracinda bought 13.135 million shares for $463 million. When the final transaction closes Sept. 6, Kerkorian’s total ownership of General Motors stock will total 58.3 million shares.
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Dear Simon,
We were truly shocked when we got the terrible news of the Helios plane tragedy. I couldn't contain my sadness when I saw Hilda's graduation picture in your newsletter today. Standing on Hilda's side in that photo, brought back memories from our days at the Armenian elementary school. I remember her as a kind and quiet person. May we take this opportunity to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Costanian and Tutunjian families. I cannot imagine what her parents and Seta are going through. May God carry them through this difficult time.
Alex, Peggy (Tamizian) and Andrea Alexandrou - Lusaka, Zambia
A few days ago I heard some news, which may not be "new" to you and your readers, but it was to me and I believe it has relevance to the closure of Melkonian. Apparently AGBU has a property in or near the centre of Paris which was for the use of AGBU membership.
I am informed that they have now decided to sell this property and they have hoodwinked (?) the Paris membership by promising them a smaller place somewhere away from the centre.
Can you imagine any, say Jewish organisation, which owns an important and valuable property in a prominent city, letting it be lost? If this property is now not required for the purpose for which it was intended, surely it can be used for other things which would bring in a healthy income?
If my information is correct, what is going to happen to the proceeds of the sale? The price of properties in the centre of Paris must be tremendous!
No doubt they will list their activities in Armenia etc as beneficiaries, but what the Armenian people, let alone the membership of AGBU, wish and has a right to know is: "How much are they receiving from these sales and how much are they actually spending in Armenia and elsewhere?"
In other words, a detailed account of AGBU activities should be presented to the membership annually, as is expected of any decent public body.
What is the AGBU membership doing to try to bring about some democracy in AGBU? After all the headquarters of AGBU are in the USA, the country that claims to be the custodian of democracy in the world and tries to force democracy down the throats of other countries.
Have the current leadership of AGBU got some God-given right of being AGBU’s dictators? Louise Simone, under the shadow of her father (of blessed memory) seems to think that she is the sole owner of AGBU. She influenced the election of the Catholicos of All Armenians and no doubt she tries to influence the Government of Armenia. And yet, she is not even a proper Armenian in soul and in spirit.
What about the other members of the leadership? Why are they in such an impenetrable position? Is it because they are Louise Simone’s “Yes Men”?
It is conceivably possible that what they are doing is all good and all their actions are above board. But there is a saying in legal circles: “Justice must not only be done but it must also be seen to be done”. Let us see what is being done.
The leadership of AGBU should let us see that everything they do is only for the good of AGBU and Armenia and some of it not for the benefit of some individuals.
Dear Simon,
I don’t know if you would be interested in publishing the above. If you are, then please do not publish my name or email address
I have also sent a copy of this to “Save Melkonian" and told Souren that I am writing to you also.
You are doing a WONDERFUL job. All the very best
(Name not published)
Dear Simon,
In all the doom and gloom we must all remember life goes on for all those departed in the hearts and spirit of all those who think of them and carry cheerful thoughts of them.
We, a few, from England and USA are visiting Cyprus, our birthplace to remember and celebrate everything.
Please inform all interested parties through your amazing media service and come and see us on the 15th of September at the Hilton Hotel bar at 7 pm. The more the merrier.
Dickran Bedrossian
Dear Editor,
Could you please advise if it is possible to advertise the forthcoming New Years Eve Dinner and Dance Event (with Harout Pamboukjian) in London on your website.
Please kindly advise price and circulation and any other relevant info. Please also refer to for info on event.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks
Armen Saboonchian
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By Harut Sassounian - Publisher, The California Courier

Several important developments have taken place since Vanity Fair magazine reported that a Turkish diplomat had talked about arranging for $500,000 in small, un-itemized contributions of less than $200 each to House Speaker Dennis Hastert in order to block a congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide in Fall 2000.
A watchdog Group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Government, filed a complaint on August 16 urging federal officials to investigate whether Speaker Hastert’s campaign did indeed illegally accept campaign contributions from foreign nationals.
According to Vanity Fair, the FBI had wiretapped several Turkish subjects or “targets” in the United States who had discussed arranging “for tens of thousands of dollars to be paid to Hastert’s campaign funds in small checks.”
Sibel Edmonds, a Turkish translator working for the FBI, was asked by her superiors to review more than 40 recorded conversations of “a senior official” at the Turkish Consulate in Chicago as well as members of the American-Turkish Council (ATC) and the Assembly of Turkish American Associations (ATAA) in Washington, D.C., according to Vanity Fair.
A spokesman for Speaker Hastert is quoted by Vanity Fair as saying that the Speaker has “no affiliation with ATC or other groups reportedly mentioned in the wiretaps. He does not know these organizations.” ATC and ATAA issued separate statements denying the allegations made in the Vanity Fair article.
By claiming that the Speaker “does not know these [Turkish] groups,” his spokesman is simply undermining Hastert’s credibility and giving credence to the allegations made against him. A quick search on google reveals that the spokesman’s assertions are contradicted by the following facts:
•The then President of ATC, Lincoln McCurdy, sent a letter to Hastert in September of 2000, urging him to block the pending congressional resolution on the Armenian Genocide;
•ATC paid for several trips to Turkey by the staff of the House Republican leadership;
•The Turkish-US Business Council (TUBC), the counterpart in Turkey of the American Turkish Council, reported on its web site that it hosted the Speaker of the House in Turkey in 2002 (he also visited Turkey in 1997 and 2004);
•The Turkish Daily News reported in its Feb. 5, 2005 issue that the TUBC “helped create a Turkish caucus in the U.S. Congress” and “lobbied successfully with U.S. lawmakers” to increase Turkey’s textile quotas and obtain the “rejection of the so-called Armenian genocide bill in the U.S. Congress;”
•Ercument Kilic, the then President of ATAA, wrote a letter to Hastert on July 20, 2004, to thank him for blocking yet another Armenian resolution in the House. Kilic called Hastert “a national leader and a great statesman.”
It would, therefore, be inconceivable that Speaker Hastert as well as his staff would be unaware of ATC and ATAA given these groups’ active involvement in various congressional issues for several years.
Back in October 23, 2000, the Turkish newspaper Sabah published an article that sounded too bizarre to be taken seriously at the time, but in the light of recent revelations, it now merits a second look. Sabah reported that in order to persuade Speaker Hastert to block the Armenian Genocide resolution, “the Chairman of AIPAC [The American Israel Public Affairs Committee] met with Hastert and explained to him ‘all the concerns in plain English.’” The AIPAC Chairman then reportedly pressured Hastert by telling him: “You may well gain a few more Armenian votes, but have you stopped to consider how many Jewish votes you will lose by this?”
Sabah further reported: “Another Jew had come down from Chicago and put the squeeze on Hastert because they had financed the Republicans to the tune of $10 million or more.” Hastert agreed to block the Armenian Genocide resolution on condition that Pres. Clinton make such a request in writing. Sabah reported that a “Jewish Turk from Istanbul” then contacted former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres who in turn persuaded Clinton to write the requested letter. Hastert used Clinton’s letter as a cover to pull the resolution from the House floor.
To set the record straight, once and for all, Speaker Hastert should itemize and make public all campaign contributions he has received under $200, even though he is not legally required to do so.
Hastert has twice reneged on his promise to allow the Armenian Genocide resolution to come to a vote on the House floor. As another such resolution is currently pending in the House, it remains to be seen whether the Speaker would once again prevent the congressmen from casting their votes on this issue? Or, would he again hide behind the President or some other official to cover up for his unexplained desire to cater to Turkish interests?
If the Speaker refuses to voluntarily disclose all of his campaign contributions, the citizens of this country must pressure him to do so by:
•Demanding that there be a joint Congressional hearing on his campaign funds (click on and sign the petition calling for such a hearing);
•Making a contribution to the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition for a newspaper ad campaign concerning the Hastert allegations (click on;
•Making a contribution to the ACLU to support Sibel Edmonds’ petition to the Supreme Court; and
•Making a contribution to the ad campaign to have the Federal Election Commission investigate the Hastert campaign contributions (click on
This issue is not a matter of Armenians vs. Turks. It has more to do with upholding the laws of the United States of America, starting with the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives!
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Professor Hovhanness I. Pilikian is an internationally acclaimed film producer, theater director, a classical music composer, a classical scholar and social scientist, fluent in many modern languages, including French, German, Arabic, Armenian and Chinese.
April (2005) was the month of Max (as the composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies would like to be known) at London’s Royal Festival Hall. Some shall disagree with me – some always do – but I am certain that Max is Britain’s greatest living composer, hence the Latin titles I have given him… I am glad that at least Her Majesty the Queen agrees with me, having just appointed him the Master of her [the Queen’s] Music.
Max is also one of the most intensively formally educated men around – has studied Music in Manchester, Rome and at the Princeton University (USA). The sheer quantity let alone quality of his work is impressive. I wish to focus here exclusively on his Symphony No. 8 – the Antarctic (premiered on 30th April at the RFH), a symphonic poem against Pollution, which I think will emerge as the first great work of the 21st century music. It proves yet again that a composer with pure sounds as his palette can nevertheless be political following Beethoven’s lead... more at the following link
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GIBRAHAYER e-magazineARMENIAN MUSIC By Arek Dakessian in Beirut
This section is dedicated to bringing Armenian Music closer to us, shedding light on the Armenian music scene and its history.

Bella Tarpinian was one of the many estradaists who began their career in the 60's. By the seventies Bella Tarpinian was a stand-out figure. She sang in two genres: The Estrada, and folk, the latter being sung during the second half of her career. She was a hit in both.
She started her career in the 60's, lived her prime throughout the seventies all the way until the mid ninetees, where she gave way to the newer generation of Armenian artists. Armenians in Lebanon remember her performances in Beirut in 1982, with Vera Hagopian.
A few of her songs which still ring to our ears are "Sireli Ousoutsich", "Yar Arants Kez", "Shorora", "Serop Pashayi Yerke", "Khrovadz Er", "Groong, Parov Tarnas", "Siretsi Yar Kez", "Khoujan Asger" or "Mshetsi Mor Yerke"...
Her death simply represents the end of a musical genius, the end of a musical era that came to characterise Armenian music in general. Her songs will always remain in our hearts, and she will always be part of our heritage. She is our heritage.
Bella Tarpinian passed away on the 22nd of August 2005.
May her soul rest in peace.
• At the US Open Tennis Championships Armenian Argentinean eleventh seed David Nalbandian defeated Fernando Gonzales 7-5, 6-3, 6-0 and is up against Davide Sanguinetti of Italy in the fourth round. If he goes though he will face world number one Roger Federer. Meanwhile, Andre Agassi defeated Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-3, 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 6-2.
•Armenia is participating in the European Futsal (five-a-side football) competition, the first round of which is taking place in London. During the first round in London they will play against France, England and Albania. The games will take place at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London on 10, 11 and 13 September. The team will arrive on the 8th and stay one night at the London Visitors Hotel, after which they will move to the official site. The Armenian team consists of 15 players and 4 officials.
•( )- Sunrise Open Championship - Protaras.... Former Davis Cup start and Cyprus number one Loucas Christofides defeated Simon Aynedjian 6-1, 1-6, 7-5 in the finals of the +35 event. Aynedjian was also a semi finalist in the men's event losing to Cyprus's number one Demetris Leontis in straight sets.
•( )- Dolphin Club Tennis Open Championship-Troodos ... Simon Aynedjian won the +35 Men's singles Championship. In the final he erased a 5-0 deficit in the first set as well as a 6-3 defect in the tie-break to defeat a surprise finalist from Albany - USA Andy Christodoulou 7-6, 6-3. In the men's singles event he lost to one of the upcoming Davis Cup hopeful Dean Georgiou 7-6, 7-5.
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•AYF weekly meetings continue every Monday at AYMA. Next meeting on Monday 12 September at 9:30 pm.
•Badanegan meetings - for children from 7- 12 years old - have begun. They take place every Saturday at 4:00 pm at AYMA.
•AYMA / HMEM Chicco football practices take place every Friday at 7:30 pm at AYMA
•Armenian Radio Hour on The Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation via real audio on . Broadcast 17:00-18:00 local Cyprus time (14:00-15:00 GMT). Armenian news every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday.
•New Year's Eve Dinner and Dance in London on December 31, 2005. Harout Pampoukdjian and his Band will be performing in London at the Royal Lancaster at Hyde Park - London on Saturday 31 December 2005. Reception at 8:00 pm and Dinner at 9:00 pm. Tickets at 85.00 and Stage Tables at 95.00. For bookings contact Janet Mardirossian at 4420 84221662, Yvette Mankassarian at 4420 79375703, Ovsig Saroukhanoff at 88683538 and Alenoush Ohanian at 4420 8998 8048 or the following email address . Special 99.00 per room rate has been arranged by the hotel for overnight stayers. Organised by HOM (Armenian Relief Society), Hamazkayin and HMEM.

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