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CYPRUS PRESIDENT OF PARLIAMENT
|Friday 27 November at 8:30 pm (not at 8:00pm) - The Armenian National Committee of Cyprus invite the Armenian community and friends to a gathering where the President of The House of Representatives Marios Garoyian will be declared "Hay Tad Personality of 2009". The event which will take place at the Latsia Municipal Theatre is under the auspices of the Armenian Representative in the House of Representatives, Vartkes Mahdessian. Also honouring with their presence are ARF Dashnaktsoutiun Bureau member Megerdich Megerdichian, Lebanese Member of Parliament Hagop Pakradouni and former Lebanese Minister Alen Tabourian.|
Editorial - The Slave Trade (Myth or Reality)
London November 25, 2009 - Abu Baker al-Ghannoum was absentmindedly playing with the contents of the sackful of brightly coloured glass beads, and contemplating on the commercial transaction of the afternoon. He had done good. Earlier in the day he had done a deal with some Arab people, who were looking to hire workers to work in a far away country. The glass beads were for his efforts in convincing his people to agree to sign the employment agreement. He was satisfied that he had managed to get rid of most of the weak and useless men and women of the tribe. Years of feuding with neighbouring tribes for cattle, produce and young girls had taken their toll from his able-bodied warriors. It was so hard to feed his tribe. The Arabs, in addition to his sack of beads, had given to each of the families of the departing workers gifts, which would buy them food for the coming months until it was time to harvest their meagre crops.
A LONDON INVITATION
WHO IS AN ARMENIAN?
Tamar Kevonian, Asbarez.com - 20/11/2009 - “What if an Armenian was Muslim or Bahai, or Hindu?” the question is asked one day during a conversation about ethnic identity and why it was tied into religious identity.
CYPRUS TALKS CONTINUE WITH "GOOD WILL"
|FAMAGUSTA GAZETTE 23.NOV.09 - President of the Republic of Cyprus Demetris Christofias has underlined that efforts to reunify Cyprus and its people will continue with persistence and good will.|
In an address at a mass at the Armenian Church in Nicosia, read out by Deputy Minister to the President Titos Christofides, President Christofias stressed “we remain committed to our goals for the creation of a peaceful, united and prosperous homeland for all its citizens, Greek Cypriots, Turkish Cypriots, Maronites, Armenians and Latins”.
He reiterated that “efforts to reunify Cyprus and its people will continue with persistence and good will, asserting our rights based on principles. We pursue a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation with a single sovereignty, citizenship and international personality as well as unified economic institutions”.
Referring to the Armenian people living in Cyprus, he said that “tight bonds of friendship and common struggles describe the historic paths of Greek Cypriots and Armenians in our country”.
“Cyprus and its people have always been present to the important historic times of the Armenian people”, he said.
The Cypriot President recalled that Cyprus was the first European state, which adopted a resolution recognising the Armenian Genocide.
The religious groups in Cyprus, he said, are an important part of Cyprus and enrich its multicultural society.
President Christofias reassured that the government does its utmost to contribute to maintaining he religious groups` identities.
SOURP ASDVADZADZIN CHURCH
|Alexander-Michael Hadjilyra - Nicosia - The Armenian cathedral of Sourp Asdvadzadzin in Nicosia celebrated its name day on Sunday, 22 November. On this joyous occasion the Church invited a number of officials and heads of other denominations. Present at the celebrations was Undersecretary to the President, Dr. Titos Christophides - representing the President - the Speaker of the House of Representatives Marios Garoyian, the Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian and his wife Maggie, the Ambassadors of Germany, Greece and Iran, the Mayoress of Nicosia - Eleni Mavrou - and representatives of DI.SY. and EVRO.KO. Representing the Archbishop of Cyprus was Chorepiscopus of Mesaoria, Gregorius. Also present were the Archbishop of the Maronites, Youssef Soueif, and the Anglican Bishop of Cyprus and the Gulf, Michael Lewis. The Badarak was celebrated by Apegha Torkom Donoyian.|
|After the Badarak and the madaghorhnek were concluded, Deacon Dr. Antranik Ashdjian took the floor to welcome the honoured guests to the celebrating church, after which, Archbishop Varoujan spoke of the history of the Armenian Church in Cyprus, the cordial relations between Greek-Cypriots and Armenian-Cypriots, and wished for peace in our island. The Undersecretary to the President stressed the role of Cyprus in welcoming the refugees of the Armenian Genocide, and re-affirmed the government’s solidarity to the Armenian-Cypriot community. The Speaker of the House - Marios Garoyian - stressed the importance of the Armenian Church and our moral obligation for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide and the justice both Armenians and Cypriots deserve, criticising Turkey for its denialist policy and aggression.|
The final message came from Mesaoria Chorepiscopus after which a reception followed at the Armenian Prelature.
Watch Marios Garoyian's speech here
ARMENIAN FINANCIAL MARKET-FIRST TWO WEEKS OF NOVEMBER
Armenian equities market showed some activity in the last two weeks after a month break.
CORPORATE BOND MARKET
Corporate bonds market experienced liquidity decline in the first two weeks of November 2009.
The trading volume in local FX market increased two-fold in these two weeks of November 2009.
-Gross agriculture production in Armenia in September grew by 29.2% over 2009.
-The first tranche USD 60 mln of Asian Development Bank for road construction to be received by Armenia in 2010.
-Russian gas import tariff for Armenia to rise by 16.8% starting April 2010.
- Worley Parsons to present feasibility study of construction of new nuclear power unit to Armenian government in late Q1 2010.
- Gazprom to take part in construction of Iran-Armenia oil product pipeline.
- Armenia may receive credit to USD 70 mln from JICA in 2010.
- International Energy Corporation, Armenia-based subsidiary of RAO UES of Russia, to invest nearly USD 38 million in Armenia in 2010-2016.
- U.S. Government Provides Additional 15 Million Dollars to Armenia to Rehabilitate Main Canals.
- Shevket Shaydullin: It is of strategic importance for South Caucasus Railway to get the status of the national company.
- In Jan-Sept 2009 Armenia budget revenues totalled AMD 475.3 bln or 89.1% of the revised plan.
- Non-residents in Armenia to be liable for dividend taxes starting 2010.
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