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06 05 17 - GIBRAHAYER, Magazin Armenian Cypriots
GIBRAHAYER e-magazine Armenian Cypriots from all walks of life have been rallying around the candidacy of Vartkes Mahdessian, who through his clear message of hope has been inspiring voters, that better days for our community can be achieved.
Mahdessian's candidacy has been embraced by a versatile cross-section of voters, and has already changed the mood in our community.
Voters believe that his clear message of unity, transparency and reconciliation, and the motto of "getting the job done" will become a reality after May 21st.
The community is hoping that these mottos, will become a way of life and its vote will empower the new representative to bring the much anticipated change and set the community to a new beat and a new tune.
Judging from the turnouts at his election gatherings at the Conference Center on the 7th of May and the Open House get-together last Sunday, the message from the voter base is clear.
But before the grand finale, its another busy week for the forces of change with constant meetings and get-togethers to transmit the message, that the vision of candidate Vartkes Mahdessian for the future of our community is about to be realised.
On Friday night Vartkes Mahdessian is holding a pre-victory fiesta at AYMA with food, drinks and music and another grand surprise is scheduled for Sunday night.

Moments before Gibrahayer was dispatched today, we received a brief yet bold statement from candidate Vartkes Mahdessian, which also appears on Melkonian Alumni site ,
and portal at .
The above statement - that can be read at - is a fresh policy that this promising candidate is introducing, in particular, transparency and not repeating mistakes of the past. Even more so, it is the first time, that a Cypriot community leader has openly applauded the actions of the Patriarch of Bolis, something the transitional incumbent Dr.Atamyan were too afraid to do in case they lost the precious support from the AGBU officials, in Cyprus and elsewhere.

YEREVAN (Combined Sources)--Thousands of people joined by senior government officials and foreign diplomats gathered at the World War II memorial in Yerevan on Tuesday, officially marking the 61st anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany and the 14th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi in Karabagh.
President Robert Kocharian and other senior Armenian officials observed a minute of silence and laid wreaths by the monument's eternal fire, honouring the memory of the soldiers who lost their lives in WWII and the Karabagh war.
They then joined the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, Karekin II, in praying for the dead.
The annual ceremony also involved a small parade of Armenian and Russian troops. In a written address to the nation, Kocharian praised Armenian contribution to the Allied victory in World War II.
"Armenian soldiers, officers and generals participated in battles waged on all fronts of the war, always keeping high Armenia's Honor," he said.
Some 600,000 citizens of Soviet Armenia took part in the war. Nearly half of them lost their lives - a catastrophic death toll for what was then a republic of less than two million inhabitants. "May 9 is also important for us because it was the day of the liberation of Shushi. It became the symbol of the GIBRAHAYER e-magazinebattle for Artsakh's freedom and determination of the Armenian nation," added Kocharian.

We are enclosing (right) a sample of the ballot paper for the Armenian candidate for the Cyprus House of Representatives that will take place on Sunday May 21.

Armenian Cypriots will vote as follows:
Nicosia: Nareg School (centres A & B)
Larnaca: 2nd Elementary School of Ayios Lazaros (center C)
Limassol and Paphos: Nareg School (Center D)

You can vote by presenting your voting book.
More details on the election of the religious groups at:
Election centres open at 7:00 am with an hour's break between 12:00 -1:00 and continue until 5:00 pm. From the candidates, first to vote will be Vartkes Mahdessian at 9:00 am followed by Vahak Atamyan at 10:20 am. First results are expected after 7:00 pm.

You can get the latest Artsagang issue of May 15, 2006 for free a few days before it reaches you by post at the newly opened Periptero at Iphyghenias 48A. Just ask for your free copy.

tatiana's corner by Tatiana Ferahian

GIBRAHAYER e-magazine

from the pages of
GIBRAHAYER e-magazine"Charyats Parin"
The election season for the Armenian representative in the Cyprus parliament enters its final week, with the two candidates entangled in a war of words (about their commitment to community issues and the Melkonian) and also a war of posters.
The challenger has taken up commercial billboard space on the central Armenia street, so when the incumbent put up posters at the Melkonian gate and on the Melkonian Commercial Centre, it raised a lot of questions: if he is "not working" with the AGBU clowns in Cyprus, how come he is being touted as the "AGBU candidate" and why was the challenger's request also to put up posters on the same locations rejected? This has also raised serious doubts about the incumbent commitment to help save and reopen the school, which is part of the Setrakian plan to prevent the issue being raised by the Armenian Representative.
more at

Keep on walking
The people who have banned all activity within the Melkonian compound, who have plundered the school's library and distributed the books to the local AGBU chapter and the American Academy, have now decided to allow the staging of a play by Melkonian students.
This has nothing to do with the fact that the play's director has remained faithful to the handful of AGBU aristocrats who continue to control the property for their own benefit. Neither with the fact that all past efforts for fund raising were rejected. At least the play, to be staged on Sunday night, has no financial constraints.
Its main sponsor is Johnnie Walker...

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Dear Vartan,
Writing letters is one thing and fighting for saving our school is another, so don't sell me this mambo jambo.The real work is done by the California Alumni, who some of its members are spending money from their own pocket in the courts. My question was clear, what have you done???
And who are you to show us what to do in our country. Go find a better job to do my friend or join forces with the Cal. Alumni and help them to at least try gain something from the school.
Prof. Barrett Costanian
P.S. I don't hide anything and I am afraid of no one so don't underestimate my patriotism.
Dear Mr/Mrs Barttet XYZ etc.,
If you are not able to reach knowledgeable people in Cyprus to have the answer to your question, please ask for it around the world. As a matter of fact Melkonian crisis is a Human Rights issue and not the springboard of some parochial persons using the Melkonian and its funds as a source of their
interests, hiding themselves under an e-mail pseudonym or a title of a cheap patriotism.
Sincerely yours,
Dr Vartan Ozinian - Spokesman of Pro Edvcatio

Dear Simon and Gibrahayer,
I read with interest Vartkes Mahdessian's 10 point commitment but was disappointed not to see any reference to saving Melkonian.
However, the current Armenian representative in the Parliament of Cyprus has, I understand, made a statement to Azg newspaper in Yerevan that Melkonian could be re-opened and some of its assets that are not needed for the school, could be sold off to fund the school.
This is a fundamental mistake, because it disregards the fact that Melkonian has its own money which should be used to support the school. There is no need to sell off any more of its assets.
He should have been asking where Melkonian's money has gone? It seems to me that Mr Adamian is in effect justifying the wrong actions of the Management of AGBU (Parekordzagan).
That is not acceptable. Let Vartkes come up clearly in favour of Melkonian reopening and let's vote for him.
Tatto Couligian (UK)

Dear Tatto,
Very well put. Please see Mahdessian statement above.
Simon Aynedjian

Sireli Gibrahayer,
Metz ourakhoutiamp ge sdanank mishd Gibrahayerou amen hradaragoutioun, yev harmar aritnverov antratarts ge gadarenk AZAT OR-in mech.
Gouzenk tsetz degiak bahel te ais shapat, vor Atenk gaitsele Andren, menk al mer garkin amen or mer site-in mech ( ge degatrenk lourer Andre-i yev Eurovisioni masin.
Hachogoutioun tser ashkhadankneroun.
Parevner - AZAT OR

May 04, 2006
Dear Mr. Aynedjian,
I am a MEI graduate of year 1955. Like most of the Melkoniantsis, I am very deeply concerned about the closing of The MEI. My present writing about this issue under the title: The meeting between Mr. B. Setrakian and Dr. Atamian (Re: the issue of MEI) is submitted to you via e-mail of my son in-law, Mr. R. Assatory. I am asking you to be kind enough to disseminate it with your e-Magazine.
Sincerely yours,
Antreas Kalayjian - 15 Stornoway Crescent - Thornhill, Ontario - Canada L3T 3X8

The meeting between Mr. B. Setrakian and Dr. V. Atamyan
Re: the issue of MEI
May 1, 2006
Note: On March 15, 2006 another version of this writing was submitted to an Armenian newspaper in U.S.A. Apparently its publication was not considered worthy of the said paper. This is the reason of this late e-mail.
to read it pls click on
dear/sireli Simon,
i thought u were independant....all news of cyprus to be tranferred to us,around the globe,just only VARTKES OR ANDRE OR not CYPRUS COMPLETE...whoever wins,on 21st may..and on eurovision night,18th and 20th may,hopefully,u and ur crew will change ur language and way of bringing us news from cyprus...i am very dissappointed about ur last 2 newsletters,NOT EVEN MENTION ABOUT VAHAKN OR OTHER SUBJECTS..just AYMA/VARTKES/ANDRE AND this CYPRIOT ARMENIANS ALL ABOUT???


My dear friend Ara,
Why do you think an Armenian parliamentary candidate, a singer and a tennis player are dominating the news?
I think it is because they are all inspiring and touching us in a special way.
That is why they have earned the right to be included in the pages of Gibrahayer.

Why are readers contributing to Zaruhi and making her world tour a possibility?
Why are voters rallying around the candidacy of Vartkes Mahdessian?
Why are Eurovision viewers excited for Thursday and Saturday night?

Because Zaruhi, Vartkes and Andre have connected their name to an event and have swept us with them.

Armenian women's tennis will reach new heights after Zaruhi.
Our community will have better days after Vartkes Mahdessian.
Armenian music will reach a new plateau after Andre.

These are exciting times, and not only Vartkes, but Zaruhi and Andre as well, have earned the right to be our "Candidates of Hope".

Simon Aynedjian
Emails to the Editor - click here |Interview of the week here |Articles by Professor Hovhannes Pilikian here |Tennis Champ Zaruhi Harutyunyan. How YOU can help here |Artsagang issue click here

Thursday 18 May, 2006 at 9:30 pm
Join us at the "Living Lounge Bar" in Nicosia,
to experience Armenia's first participation,
at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens.
2 beers for 3.00 CYP and 2 mixers for 4.00 CYP
organised by GibraHay Youth


Dear friends,
As you know, for the first time Armenia will participate in the Eurovision song Contest. Our representative is the best young singer of the past two years ANDRE ( The contest will be held on May 18, 2006 in Athens, it will be aired live on ARM1 tv and of course your vote is very important for our victory.
Start voting for Andre at He is currently in the lead !
You can listen and watch the clip of his Eurovision song, which is composed by our famous Armenian Jazz Band composer Armen Martirosian, on the following link
Please forward this message to friends within the European Union.
Read the latest on Andre on Artsagang's latest issue
recommended sites
You can view images from Vartkes Mahdessian's election gathering, Andre's performance, Andre's press conference and meetings with Armenian youth at the following link:
Uranium Mining at Nor Getik at Azad Or in Greece. Follow Andre...
Azad Hye on Armenian elections in Cyprus
Azad Hye on Sourp Magar Monastery
Latest issue of Artsagang at

15-20 May, Bolis - Turkey at the Enka Sports Club. ITF under 18 Juniors Championships
22-27 May, Bolis - Turkey. TED Tournament. ITF under 18 Juniors Championships. Zaruhi Harutyunyan of Armenia participating from Armenia.
At the Finals of the International Veterans Tennis tournament - The Larnaca Cup - Nigel Mann of the UK ranked 34 in the world defeated Simon Aynedjian of Cyprus 6-4, 6-2.
In Armenian Cup final that took place in Yerevan on May 9 2006 Mika Achtarak defeated Piunik Yerevan 1-0.

latest on Zaruhi Harutyunyan -

Gibrahayer - Saturday April 29, 2006 - 15 year old Zaruhi Harutyunyan of Armenia began her Turkish challenge today at the International Tennis Federation's Junior Championships at the Enka Sports Club in Bolis with a win over Russian Alexandra Razumova 7-6, 6-2, who had earlier in the week comprehensively defeated Pelin Pehlivan of Turkey 6-0, 6-1.
Zaruhi Harutyunyan arrived in Turkey last Friday with the support of Londonahay tennis enthusiasts headed by Dikran Bedrossian and throughout her stay in Bolis, Zaruhi will be the guest of Bolsahays Mr. & Mrs. Nishan Kara, by special arrangement of Melkonian graduate Hermine Sayan.
The Armenian press in Turkey has been giving widespread coverage to the young sensation from Armenia who has been practising in Cyprus and London in 2005-06.
For Armenia's star Zaruhi Harutyunyan to become eligible for Grand Slam tournaments (Wimbledon and the French) she needs to play tournaments (such as the ones Bolis) and win valuable points. To travel the tournaments she needs funds. We are hoping our readers will do just that by sending their valuable contribution to the following address.
We are hopeful that Trkahay subscribers of Gibrahayer e-magazine will spread the word around and drum support for her in her quest for victory in Turkey.
Laiki Bank Strovolos Industrial Area, Stavrou 96 I, 2034, Strovolos
Account Number 101-08-037631 for Zaruhi Harutyunyan under guardian Simon Aynedjian.
International transfers at IBAN CY30 0030 0101 0000 0101 0803 7631 - Swift Code address LIKICY2N
gibrahayer calendar
Wednesday 17 May - 9:30 am - 11:30 am Sports Day at Nareg
Thursday 18 May - 9:30 pm - Eurovision Fever in Cyprus - Join us at the "Living Lounge Bar" in Nicosia, to experience Armenia's first participation, at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens. 2 beers for 3.00 CYP and 2 mixers for 4.00 CYP organised by GibraHay Youth Vote for Andre on Thursday night from anywhere in Europe.
Friday 19 May - 8:30 pm - Pre-election gathering of Vartkes Mahdessian at AYMA with music, drinks and food.
Sunday 21 May - Cyprus Parliamentary Elections. Parallel to the general election Armenians will elect their new representative for the next five years.
Sunday 28 May - 8:00 pm - Armenian Independence celebrations at AYMA Football Ground.
End of June - Opening of the newly constructed second floor of the Kalaydjian Rest Home by H.E. The President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos. Details to follow.
Sunday 16-30 July - Hamazkayin Forum - Yerevan - Armenia. All youth who want to participate from Cyprus, please contact Raffi Mahdessian on 99-441588. Visit the Hamazkayin Forum site at:

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