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Gibrahayer March 7, 2005, Nicosia - Hundreds of Armenian Cypriots participated in the 75th Anniversary celebrations of the Cilician Seminary and the 10th anniversary of the enthronement of Catholicos Aram I of the Holy See of Cilicia over the weekend, in Nicosia.
The main event took place on Saturday March 5, 2005 at 8:00 pm at the Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church in Nicosia, where the Shnorhali Choir from Beirut under Der Bartev Vartabed Guelimian performed.
Speakers at the event were Sebouh Tavitian, Vartan Tashdjian and Archbishop Nourhan of Jerusalem.
At the end of the event Catholicos Aram I addressed and thanked the Armenian community of Cyprus and Archbishop Hergelian for organising the two-day celebrations.
The Holy Mass on Sunday March 6, 2005 and the Karoz by His Holiness Catholicos Aram I was followed by a Luncheon at Makedonitissa Palace at 1:00 pm organised by the Temagan and Varchakan Joghov to which more than 200 community members attended.
It is important to note that during the Luncheon, Scout master Artin Anmahouni presented a Pendant to His Holiness and pledged the amount of $5,000 dollars. He also announced that he will donate his home to the Catholicosate of Cilicia upon his passing away.
Ankara. Turkish Daily News Friday, March 4, 2005. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) called on Turkish authorities to eliminate all references in official documents suggesting that calls for troop withdrawal from Cyprus or claims that Armenians were subject to a so-called genocide should be treated as crimes.
References to Cyprus and Armenian issues are found in an explanatory document accompanying Article 305 of the Turkish Penal Code, which regulates offences against national interests.
Officially removing these subjects can help eliminate the impression that Article 305 allows for the punishment of free speech, the OSCE's representative on freedom of the media, Miklos Haraszti, said in a letter to Justice Minister Cemil Chickek.
Haraszti also said that reforms in the penal code were generally welcomed but complained that there were still some worrying provisions in it, calling for the removal of two articles in order to further expand freedom of speech.

Gibrahayer Nicosian March 7, 2005: launched a fierce attack on AGBU veterans and Ramgavar leaders accusing them of the current fate of the Melkonian and its imminent closure.
They accused the Ramgavar Party for using the AGBU as a party leverage, mismanaging and squandering funds for decades.
The website stated, that with the Melkonian case in the courts, the Ramgavar leaders are now scared that it is their dirty washing that will be hung out in public. The webiste accused them of launching an attack in the Armenian press to discredit Archbishop Mutafian of Constantinople.
Getting more personal and perhaps punching below the belt, also revealed that AGBU veterans were seen gambling in the casinos of Turkish-occupied north, and gave their own interpretation of the visit of Catholicos Karekin II of all Armenians to the United States.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- , in a newsletter to its subscribers on 06/03.05 invited them to read the following Letters and Articles
Letters and Articles
- Harach Editorial
- Give an account of thy stewardship (Luke 16:2)
- Mirror Spectator attacks Mutafian on Behalf of ADL
- From RAGs to riches?
Diary Section
- AGBU stalwarts gambling in Turkish Casinos
- ADL attacks Moutafian
- Catholicos visiting Lou Lou
- Other Catholicos visits Cyprus
* On raising the question of genocide in the framework of the EU-Turkey inter-parliamentary delegation, the European deputy provoked a violent reaction form the Turkish officials.
* His remarks were outrageously deformed by the Turkish press
Click here for the complete story


By Jean Ipdjian

It was my intention to continue building the image of our community’s – the Armenian Community of Cyprus – Representative in the House of Representatives, the Parliament, which I had started a few weeks ago.

However, the recently published report of the US State Department for Human Rights derailed me and I had to write my thoughts about it.

Among a host of countries whose Human Rights record was reviewed in the report, there was Cyprus too. And, what the US State Department had to say about Cyprus was so full of a total disregard of the sensitivities of the majority of the population of this island, that even the traditional friends of the US policies in the island found it difficult to accept. All they could come up with was to urge the island’s leadership to seek some positive aspects of the report, allegedly hidden between the lines…

One would have thought, that a great defender of democracy, with the stated aim to work for the establishment of democracy in all countries and with the stated aim to work for the rule of law and respect to the voice of the voting polls, would at least have the self respect to uphold those principles and apply them in its judgement of others.

One would have thought, that the actions of a president, Mr. T. Papadopoulos, who was elected by the majority of the people in fair and valid elections such as are held in Cyprus would at least be respected, in these days of American ‘crusader-ship’ for democracy.

One would have expected, that the will of the people of a country expressed by a free, fair and valid referendum would at least be respected, in these days of American ‘crusader-ship’ for democracy.

One would expect that a country like the US would not act like a spoilt child who is used to having all its wishes granted, and would accept the realities and work accordingly.

It is amazing how a country like the United States of America with so much ease can twist and turn facts, understandings and conceptions to suit its strategic aims. It is amazing, and disappointing, that the self-appointed champion of democracy, human rights and common decency can, by the stroke of a pen, distort things so much. It is amazing, that a country whose very birth was the immediate result of people who had left homes, countries, relatives, friends and a life to escape social injustices and perceptions, can be so unjust. It is amazing, that decent people, who constitute the majority of Americans, can so easily be manipulated into backing leaders and governments, who by playing on their basic fears and insecurities get away with, practically, almost anything.

The ‘Old World’- Europe - with its new set of rules and behaviours, as contemplated and applied in the European Union, seem like a breath of fresh air compared to the present ‘New World’ – the US – and its leaders.

Moreover, it is frightening to think that the only superpower left in this world of the 21st century is the United States of America with its present leadership. How can countries and peoples, who had put their trust in institutions like the United Nations, expect to see their grievances and problems fairly addressed when all of these institutions act like the well paid and loyal employees of the State Department and Republican Party of the US?

Being both an Armenian and a Cypriot, I have the misfortune of belonging to peoples who are neighbours to Turkey, of belonging to peoples who have the misfortune of having to live with Turks. And it is a misfortune, because Turks, as a nation, are excellent examples of people with an incorrigible taste for their neighbours’ belongings, utter disregard to the rule of law.

It is a bigger misfortune yet, since Turkey and by extensions, Turks, are one of the ‘chosen friends’ of the modern great empire of the United States of America.

For us, the small nations and peoples of the world, all that we are left with is our will to survive, our resolve to persevere and our unshakable belief in our historical and natural rights.

We can only hope that the European Union will be able to go beyond cosmetic and elected applications of its principles.

We can only hope that the European Union will prove itself to be bastion of fairness and respect of the people’s will.

We can only hope that the European Union will not disappoint us, but will work with us to find adequate solutions to the different problems facing this country until a final, workable, sustainable and acceptable solution is found.

We can only hope that the rejuvenated ‘Old world’ will have the wisdom of age and rise to the occasions as per its declared principles.
The New York Times, February 25, 2005. The former head of the oil-for-food program, Benon Sevan, has asked the United Nations for more time to respond to charges filed
against him two weeks ago, and the request is being considered, said Fred Eckhard, the spokesman for Secretary General Kofi Annan. A second official, Joseph J. Stephanides, has filed his response, which "will now be reviewed according to normal procedures before any action is taken," Mr. Eckhard said.
The charges arise out of the preliminary report of the commission headed by Paul A. Volcker, which said that Mr. Sevan had tried to help a friend's company obtain contracts under the program and that Mr. Stephanides had favoured some companies by improperly furnishing them with bidding information.
After an excellent performance in the Cyprus Futsal Championships AGBU Ararat won rivals Parnasos 2-4 away from home and sealed the championship title for the fifth time in a row. Goal scorers for AGBU ARARAT were Raffi Yazmadjian (1) Alik Sarkissian (2) and Iakovos Papadopoulos (1)

The Table:
1.ARARAT 59 pts.
2.PARNASOS 50 pts.
4.OMONIA 35 pts.

Athos Evripidou, the goalkeeper of ARARAT was voted at as the most popular goalkeeper in Cyprus.
All the news of Ararat's impressive run at

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by Vartkes Sinanian

As the founder of ANCHA (American National Committee To Aid Armenians ) George Mardikian had won the gratitude and the love of the Armenian people. He was a great philanthropist and a benefactor who had a passion and unwavering commitment in the mission he had undertaken for his people. When he wanted to make a point you could feel his voice reverberating in the room.
My fondest memory of him was the day when he arrived in Cyprus in April l959 accompanied by Archbishop Khoren Paroyan, the prelate of Lebanon, who later became the Catholicos of Cilicia, Dickran Tosbath, member of Lebanon's parliament and editor of "Le Soir" French daily and "Ayk" Armenian Daily and his wife Naz. Mardikian was in Cyprus as the last stop of his tour of the Middle East meeting almost all the political leaders of the region including Egypt's Gamal Abdul Nasser. more: click here


Dear Simon,
I enjoy reading Jean Ipdjian's editorials in Gibrahayer. I have a question though.
Who is that man in white holding a glass of wine and wearing a white hat?
Norayr - Beirut - Lebanon

Dear Norayr,
If he is wearing a white hat, and a white three-piece suit, he must be an angel from the sky.
He is Don Fanucci.
Don't you know him?
Simon Aynedjian.

No, I don't know Don Fanucci or whatever his name is Simon,
Should I?
Norayr - Beirut - Lebanon


Dear Simon,
We read lot about Turkish political games towards Armenia and Armenian people, but ONCE the U.S.stop their help to Turkey, they will vanish from the World Map. U.S.Government should not supply them with modern weaponry and later on will be used by Turkish Army against us.
Similar thing is going on now with Indonesia. the U.S.Army will train Indonesian Army and later on they will use our given weapon to them against us. Kurdish people thinking deeply to get their own lands back from Turkey and this will happens in coming week
and this will create a very big problem to Turkey and its Government. I hope so.
This is my own opinion.
Best regards,
Vartan Bedrosian,
Glendale, California
I want share with you a disquitening Statement from the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem that focuses on the ageless squabbles over the Holy Fire at the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulchre) in Jerusalem.
In a modern world replete with countless ugly issues and divisive problems, it is sad that the Greek Orthodox Church leadership in Jerusalem refuses to abide by centuries' old traditions that undergird Christian unity of purpose rather than sow unnecessary discord.
Dr Harry Hagopian, LL.D, KOG-KSL
Ecumenical, Legal & Political Consultant
Armenian Apostolic Church - London

The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem has heard with great concern about the false allegations published by the media in Greece regarding the Holy Fire ceremony, which takes place each year on the Saturday before Easter in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, according to which: "the Armenians are demanding that they light the Holy Fire, and it must be noted that the issue has reached all the way to the Israeli Knesset. As it is known, this request of the Armenians is persistent, and many times, during the entrance and exit of the Greek patriarch, there have occurred serious incidents."
The position of the Armenian Patriarchate has always been to uphold the peaceful and centuries-old traditional ceremony of the Holy Fire, in compliance with the Agreement on the Status Quo in the Holy Places, according to which: "The Bishop of the Armenian Church, who is to accompany the [Greek] Patriarch into the Sepulchre, here joins His Beatitude. The Patriarch now disrobes, and his mitre and vestments are carried by the attendant clergy to the Altar in the Orthodox Chapel. The door [of the Edicule] is then opened and the Patriarch enters the Tomb, accompanied by the Armenian Bishop."
Unfortunately, since his accession to the throne in 2001, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Ireneios I has maintained that the Greeks hold the exclusive right to light the Holy Fire from the Holy Tomb, subsequently passing it to the Armenians. Contrary to this assertion, firmans, hujjats, and other historical and legal documents all state that the Armenian Bishop and the Greek Patriarch should together light the Holy Fire from the Tomb of our Lord.
The Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem has and will continue to reject the attempts of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch in Jerusalem to deny the right of equal participation by the Armenian Patriarch in the lighting of the Holy Fire.



ANCA is asking us to support their campaign directed at the White House, so that president Bush clarifies the moral position of the United States regarding the Armenian Genocide.
Act now by visiting this site.
Jean Eckian - France


Dear friends, my latest two columns can be viewed at the following links.
Patrick Azadian


Here is a report that would interest your readers:
Commission Staff Working Paper:
European Neighbourhood Policy.
Country Report ARMENIA:


Dear Simon,
Soyak's invitation is void of honesty and sincerity. The place he invites ARF is not Turkey, but Armenia occupied by Turkey. Prior to talking to the Armenians he should convince himself that he and his fellow travellers are the direct beneficiary of the Armenian Genocide (and not just once), that by denying the crime of Genocide he (or any turk) has become a co-conspirator of the Cardinal Crime of Genocide. And, most importantly, he should realise that he must return the Armenian territories back to the Armenians and make reparations. When he is able to declare these, then, the time will come for dialogue. I am sure he knows all these, and that is why he is not honest. He is just afraid to hand over what he has stolen.
Warm Regards,
Victor Pinasi
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[] One Azeri soldier was killed and one wounded along the tense line dividing Azerbaijan and Artsakh after a machine gun fire exchange with Armenian border patrols of Artsakh forces. Last year six people lost their lives in separate incidents and an additional 13 people were killed and 21 injured on land mines around Artsakh.
[] UN experts forecast 500,000 drop in Armenia's population by 2050. Population decline will be observed in almost all the CIS countries. Russia's will decline from 143 mln to 112 mln while a population growth will be registered in Azerbaijan by 1.2 mln.
[] Frank Pallone welcomed public statements made by US Ambassador to Armenia John Marshall Evans, in which he properly described Ottoman Turkey's systematic massacres of the Armenians between 1915-1923 as "genocide."
[] Next round of Armenian-Azeri peace talks have been postponed by at least one week because of Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanian's continuing illness.
[] Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Joe Knollenberg (R-MI) were joined by Representatives Rush Holt (D-NJ), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), and Michael McNulty (D-NY), last week, in commemorating the 17th anniversary of the Artsakh liberation movement.
[] The editor of a magazine critical of Azerbaijan's government was shot and killed Wednesday in the lobby of his apartment building.
[] Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul said that 40,000 Armenians from Armenia live and works in Constantinople mostly for technical companies.
[] Armenian officials have detained seven Russian servicemen stationed at Russia's military base in Gyumri on suspicion of theft and robbery.
[] In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, 40,000 stamps and 700 first day envelopes, will be issued by April in Armenia.
[] The ARF Dashnaktsoutiun faction will propose legislation declaring the Sumgait massacres a day commemorating the forced deportation of Armenians from Azerbaijan.
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Lecture series dedicated to clergymen that were killed in the Armenian Genocide of 1915 will continue every Wednesday after Hsgoum throughout Medz Bak with the following schedule.
* Wednesday 9 March 2005 - Nerses Yebisgobos Tanielian (1868 - 1915) is presented
by Anahid Eskidjian
* Wednesday 16 March 2005 - Shavarsh Dz.Vart.Sahagian (1881 - 1915) is presented by Elsy Utudjian
Carnival Party organised by the Parent's Association of Nareg Schools. March 9, 2005 at The Hall of Nareg School in Nicosia, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Entrance: £4.00 for adults and £3.00 for children.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of martyrdom of ARF Dashnaktsoutiun founder Christapor Mikaelian the following commemorative events have been planned: Symposium at 10 & 11 March, with the participation of various political figures and academics in Sofia. Pilgrimage to Christapor Mikaelian's grave at Sophia Cemetery on March 11. All wishing to take part in the pilgrimage, should contact ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Cyprus.
Armenian Cultural Event – Dance & Poetry April 8, 2005 at 7:30 p.m., MEI Auditorium. Organised by the AGBU – Melkonian Educational Institute with the participation of Melkonian Students.
The "Sipan" Dance Group of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association of Cyprus will be presenting the Musical Performance of Toumanyian "Famous Children's Stories" on Sunday April 10, 2005 at 8:30 pm at PASIDY Auditorium.
Armenian Cypriot artist Nanor Tashdjian will be exhibiting her works in Cardiff from April 12 - April 21, 2005 at the Temple of Peace, Cathays Park. The exhibition, entitled "The Battle Field" is partly a reflection by Nanor on her background. She was born during the Turkish invasion of Cyprus. The exhibition will be held in the foyer of the entrance to the Temple of Peace, from April 12 -21 from 9.00 a.m. till 5.00p.m.(not the weekend).The exhibition will culminate in a Commemorative meeting at The Temple of Peace (upstairs Council Committee room) at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday, 20th April. Taking part will Caerphilly Labour Councillor and Human Rights campaigner Ray Davies, and the well-known poet Mike Jenkins of Merthyr. He will read his poem "Komitas".
The "Timag" Theatre Company of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association of Cyprus is getting ready for its annual performance which will take place on Saturday May 7, 2005 at 8:30 pm
Armenian musical duo of Jean Davidian and Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian perform at Champs every Friday at 9:30 pm. Reservations on 22 873888. They will also be performing at the Palm Beach Hotel in Larnaca twice a week starting from April 2005.
Arevakal and Hsgoum ceremonies begin from Wednesday 9 February, 2005 as follows: Every Wednesday and Friday - Arevakal 7:40 am and Hsgoum at 6:00 pm
Opening of a Painting Exhibition of Armenian Cypriot Artists, organised by The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus Chapter at The Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature, on Friday 18 March, 2005 at 7:30 pm. The Exhibition will remain open until the 20th of March, 2005.
Easter Sunday March 27, 2005. Holy Mass at Sourp Asdvadzadzin Church followed by Easter Lunch at Laiki Sporting Club organised by The Armenian Relief Society Cyprus Sosse Chapter. Details to follow.

Commemoration of The Armenian Genocide – 90th Anniversary April 20, 2005 at 7:30 p.m., MEI Auditorium. Organised by the AGBU – Melkonian Educational Institute with the participation of Melkonian Students.
Lecture by Peter Balakian on Friday May 20, 2005 organised by The Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association Cyprus Chapter. Details to follow.
Cyprus Dart Championships. AYMA/HMEM is participating in the Cyprus Dart League with home matches being played every other Thursday at AYMA.
AYF Badanegan Mioutian get-togethers take place on Saturday at 3:30 pm at AYMA. Contact Vartoog Karageulian on 24-659245.
Practises of the "Sipan" Dance Group of Hamazkayin Cultural and Educational Association of Cyprus for the Musical Performance of Toumanyian "Famous Children's Stories" take place as follows: Every Friday and Sunday at 5:30 pm and every Saturday at 4:30 pm
AYMA/HMEM Chicco Football practises take place every Friday from 7:00 - 8:30 pm for children starting from the age of 7. Contact Krikor Mahdessian on 99650897.
AYMA/HMEM Table Tennis practises take place every Saturday from 5:30 pm under the guidance of ex-Cyprus Champion Sirvart Costanian. Classes for all ages.
AYF meetings every Wednesday at 9:00 pm at AYMA. This week's meeting is postponed because of three community events on March 2.
AYMA/HMEM Football team practises take place every Thursday at 7:30 pm.
For more details of the next Bible Study Class organised by the Armenian Prelature at the Vahram Utudjian Hall of The Armenian Prelature call Father Momik Habeshian direct on 99 307966 or at the Prelature Office on 22 493560 email
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)
The Armenian Prelature announces that the next permit for the Armenian Cemetery visitation at Ayios Dhometios on the Green line, is on Sunday March 13, 2005
Every Wednesday from 7-8 pm (Cyprus time + 2 GMT) on CyBC's Trito, Puzant Nadjarian presents the "History of the Blue". Internet edition on


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