Monday, 5 October 2009

Protocols to be signed on 10 October‏

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PanARMENIAN.Net 27/09/2009 - Turkey and Armenia will sign a landmark deal to establish diplomatic ties next month in Switzerland after a decades-long grudge over a World War I massacre, a Turkish official said Sunday.
"The signing is planned to take place on October 10 in Zurich," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. Foreign Ministers Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey and Eduard Nalbandian of Armenia are expected to ink two protocols, the texts of which had been agreed earlier and internationally hailed as a major breakthrough, he said.
Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey, whose country acted as a mediator in reconciliation talks between the two neighbours, is also likely to attend the ceremony, he said.
Long estranged by a bloody history, Turkey and Armenia announced last month the talks had resulted in two protocols calling for the establishment of diplomatic ties and re-opening their border.
They also set a timetable for a series of steps to improve ties.
A Swiss Foreign Ministry official said the signing ceremony "will probably take place in Switzerland," while Armenian officials were not available for comment.
The protocols, however, will not take effect immediately.
Both governments will submit the documents to their respective parliaments for ratification, a process expected to take time.
The United States and the European Union, which Turkey is seeking to join, have both repeatedly urged Ankara to reconcile with Yerevan.
The deal, however, has come under fire from opposition groups in both countries, which accuse their governments of making concessions.
Turkey has refused to establish diplomatic ties with Armenia over Yerevan international campaign to have the World War I massacres of Armenians by Ottoman Turks recognised as genocide.
Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people were killed in what was genocide, backed by a number of other countries much to Ankara's ire.
Turkey rejects the genocide label and argues that 300,000-500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians took up arms against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.
In 1993, Turkey also closed its border with Armenia in a show of solidarity with close ally Azerbaijan over Yerevan backing of ethnic Armenian separatists in Azerbaijan's breakaway Nagorno Karabakh region.

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News in Brief by Sevag Devletian
  • 10,000 Armenians gathered on September 27 in Pelanconi Park in Los Angeles to protest against Armenia-Turkey protocols. Armenians all over California as well as neighboring states participated. The protesters howled defiance against the Protocols considering them unfair for Armenia. “Don’t give in to Turkey,” “Stand up and fight until the end” they sang in Armenian. The Social Democrat Hunchakian Party, the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsoutiun, the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party and the Unified Young Armenians organised the event.
  • Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandyan - in New York on a working visit - participated in the gathering of the Foreign Ministers of the CSTO. Nalbandyan met with the Foreign Ministers of Russia, Austria, Switzerland, Serbia, Kazakhstan, Australia, Canada and Iran, and presented the process and prospects of normalisation of Armenian-Turkish relations.
  • Armenia will take part in the international book fair to be held October 14-19 in Frankfurt, Germany. Books published in Armenia are intended to be presented in a larger pavilion. Not only fiction, science-fiction and children's, but also translated books as well as books on economy, political science and philosophy, albums, encyclopedias will be presented. Special attention will be paid to publications dedicated to the world famous writer William Saroyan.
  • The first Vice Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament urged Turkish journalists to respect Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty declaring that they were concerned about Turkish journalists' visit to Nagorno-Karabakh which took place last week.
  • Fans of Armenia's Eurovision Song Contest entrants will have an opportunity to see two previous Armenian representatives in a concert to be held in London. Andre - the 2006 singer of "Without your love" - and DerHova - the composer and producer of "Qele Qele" - will be appearing live in a special concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London tomorrow Thursday 1 October. The event entitled Wonderful Armenia is being organised by Armenian Youth Forum UK with the support of the Benlian Trust and the Ministry of Culture of Armenia.


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Vera Tahmazian assumed her responsibilities as the new Principal of Nareg Schools,
replacing Artin Aivazian who retired after eight years as headmaster.
On September 8, she welcomed the Elementary School students at her first appearance as Principal in a short ceremony where member of the Hokapartsoutiun Yeran Kouyoumdjian also addressed students.
Greek language teacher Angela Savva, read out the letter from the Minister of Education and Culture Dr. Andreas Demetriou and it was, back to business for teachers and pupils soon after.
We wish the new Nareg Schools principal and the Hokapartsoutiun and all involved in improving the quality of the only remaining Armenian educational institution on the island of Cyprus, all the best.


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Attorneys Vartkes Yeghiayan and Rita Mahdessian were recently honoured in Athens, Greece, for their efforts in repatriating the legal rights of the Eastern Greeks. In 2008, Attorney Yeghiayan facilitated the setting up of a voluntary settlement program with New York Life Insurance Company for heirs of Greeks who had purchased life insurance policies in the Ottoman Empire prior to 1915. The total value of the voluntary program was $15 million.
In a magnificent setting at Dora Stratou Amphitheatre at the Acropolis, the Federation of Refugee Associations of Greece, the Pan-Pontian Federation of Greece, the Ecumenical Federation of Constantinopolitans and the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Thracian Associations, jointly honoured the lawyers with a rich cultural program including performances by nine Greek traditional folkloric dance ensembles. The event, which took place on September 14, 2009, was attended by some two thousand people, including former Greek Prime Minister Yiannis Grivas, who presented the awards, representatives from the Mayor’s Office, the press and the political parties.
The ceremony was preceded by a one day International Conference on September 12, 2009, at the Auditorium of Athens Parnassos Literary Society, on the occasion of the 54th Anniversary of Septemvriana (Istanbul prior to 1955 - The Restitution of Minorities as a prerequisite for Respect of Human Rights in Turkey). The topics covered the Mechanisms of confiscation of properties and persecution during the Second World War.
Many notables spoke. Among them, Assistant Professor Iakovos Aktsglov, Assistant Professor Ioannis Ktistaskis, Representatives of Swedish and European Parliaments, four scholars from Turkey, and Attorney Vartkes Yeghiayan.

Dear Simon and Gibrahayer Team,
It is with sadness that I inform you of the passing away of our dearest father Garbis Bedrossian on Friday 18th September 2009.
He leaves behind his wife Hilda, sons Dickran and Haig and daughter Ani.
He was an ardent reader and supporter of your magazine.
Dickran Bedrossian
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Dear Dickran and family,

Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing away of one of the oldest and most frequently mentioned readers of our e-magazine.

We mentioned your father when we checked the width of the e-magazine before dispatch.

We knew that we had to get the width right, because somewhere in the UK, a loving family wanted to print out our e-magazine and hand-deliver it to the oldest member of their family, who was looking forward to reading our e-magazine every week.

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Nicosia 30 September, 2009

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Jean Ipdjian
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this week

It would be nice if the present FM Mr Nalbandyan would listen to his long serving predecessor's words and heed to them leaving aside any animosities that he might have. He can actually do that, specially since Mr. Oskanyan cannot be accused of being a member of the ARF, which seems to be regarded as a sin by the authorities in Armenia and some circles in the Diaspora.

One wonders if it can be, and what is needed to, mend the relations and sense of trust shattered by the absolute disregard and contempt shown by the Government of our so longed for Homeland towards the Diaspora, which has always risen to give its support and help to Armenia, despite the endemic social problems inherited by 70 years of Soviet rule, such as the lack of rule of law, favouritism etc.

Actually, the fact that as FM E Nalbandyan claims the Protocols cannot be changed, facilitates the work of El Presidente Sargsyan and gives him a way out of a difficult situation of his doing. All he has to do is blame the FM for the fiasco, fire him and refuse to sign the accords.


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Sports News from Sevag Devletian
  • The World Wrestling Championship ended in Herning, Denmark. Armenian wrestler Roman Amoyan (55 kg) won silver in Greco-Roman style wrestling.
  • UEFA has planned to investigate 40 cases of suspected match-fixing in the Champions League and UEFA Cup. Most of the cases were from eastern countries of the continent and involved games in the early qualifying rounds of the tournaments. In April, UEFA banned Macedonian club FK Pobeda from European competitions for eight years after match-fixing against Armenian side FC Pyunik in 2004.
  • Fans of Bursaspor - the most fervent in Turkey - are preparing for the World Cup 2010 qualifying match between Turkey and Armenia in Bursa. The fans intend to cover all the stands by Azeri and Turkish flags. "This will a good message to the world that we are one nation and two states," quotes a message of the Bursaspor fan group. The match Turkey-Armenia will be held on October 14 in Bursa at the Ataturk stadium and will begin at 9.00 pm (Cyprus time)
  • World chess champions Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov ended jubilee competitions in Valencia with Kasparov as the winner. Valencia match is one of the five tournaments between two chess titans. It is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of their first competition for Champion's Crown. Within the upcoming six months, the two chess players are planning to compete in Spain, Russia, United States, England and France, i.e. the countries where they struggled for World Champion's title.
  • The Armenian women's under-19 football team sustained a crucial defeat at the first round of the 2010 European Championship Qualifiers. The team lost to outsider Latvia by the score 2:6. The Armenian team conceded 20 goals ad sustained three defeats during the qualifiers. The Azerbaijani team took the second place after defeating Cyprus (8:0) and Ukraine (1:0). Spain leads the table.
  • Yerevan's Ararat beat Armenia's champion Pyunik by the score 2:1 at the Armenian Super Cup Finals.
  • Armenian judoist Tigran Varosian won bronze after defeating Vahe Tutkhalian of Belarusia at the 2009 Junior European Judo Championship.
  • Armenian weightlifter Raffi Melikian (69 kg) won silver medal with a 280 kg lift in clean and jerk combination (123kg+157kg) in the U-17 European weightlifting Championship in Eliat, Israel. The Armenian national team has three medals. Earlier Smbat Margaryan won gold, and Izabella Yailyan took silver.
Cyprus Futsal by Sevag Devletian
  • Homenmen started the new season with a blast by winning 5-2 against To Lefkoniko in the Cyprus Fustal 3rd Division.
  • Omonia FC coach Karekin Costanian expects tough games as they prepare for the UEFA Futsal Champions League. The matches will take place between 1-4 October in Pula, Croatia.
  • AGBU Ararat FC started their preseason with a easy 7-2 win against University in a friendly match.
Armenian Premier League - Match-Day 23 Results and Standings from Sevag Devletian

Kilikia - Ararat 0 -0

Pyunik - Ulysses 2-1

Gandzasar - Banants 1-2

Shirak - Mika 0-1

Mika 50
Pyunik 50
Ulysses 43
Banants 41
Gandzasar 29
Shirak 22
Kilikia 16
Ararat 9

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