Armenian Rap – French style
Israeli Minister Makes Rare Trip To Armenia
Israel's Agriculture Minister Orit Noked laid a wreath at the Armenian
Genocide Memorial in Yerevan on Monday during what was a rare visit to
Armenia by an Israeli cabinet member.
Noked arrived in Yerevan to discuss ways of promoting cooperation
between the agricultural sectors of the two countries. Prime Minister
Tigran Sarkisian and Agriculture Minister Sergo Karapetian told her
that the Armenian government would like to look into Israel's
successful experience in agricultural development.
`We are ready to share our experience,' a government statement quoted
Noked as saying at a meeting with Sarkisian. `I am confident that we
can successfully work together and implement various joint projects.'
`Your visit to Armenian can be viewed as a new step towards developing
Armenian-Israeli relations,' the Armenian premier said for his
part. `We are interested in that.'
The Israeli minister met Sarkisian after visiting the Tsitsernakabert
memorial and the adjacent Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. `As a
woman, as a Jew and as a human being, I am shocked to see pictures of
the killing of innocent Armenian people and families,' she wrote in
the museum guestbook, according to the Armenpress news agency.
`We are similar peoples in terms of history, character and the fact we
have communities around the world,' Noked told Armenpress.
Citing the strategic character of the Turkish-Israeli relationship,
successive Israeli governments have resisted calls for an official
Israeli recognition of the World War I-era massacres of Armenians in
the Ottoman Empire as genocide. An Israeli Foreign Ministry official
reaffirmed this stance during landmark hearings on the issue that were
organized by an Israeli parliament committee last December.
Support for Armenian genocide recognition appears to have grown within
the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, over the past year. Observers
link that to Israel's worsening relations with Turkey, which
vehemently denies the genocide.
Relations between Armenia and Israel are also less than cordial now
not least because of the Jewish state's growing military cooperation
with Azerbaijan. Earlier this year, Israeli defense officials
confirmed a reported deal to sell Azerbaijan unmanned military
aircraft, antiaircraft and missile defense systems for some $1.6
The Azerbaijani military is known to already possess Israeli-made
unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). One such drone was apparently shot
down by Armenian forces while flying a reconnaissance mission over
Nagorno-Karabakh last September.
ANKARA TO ACTIVATE TURKIC DIASPORA
Monday, April 16th, 2012
ANKARA-In a campaign coordinated by Turkey's deputy prime minister,
official Ankara is pushing to organize "the million of people in its
diaspora" in a campaign aimed at countering international recognition
of the Armenian Genocide, reported the Hurriyet Daily News on Monday.
Reportedly, the plan is being penned by Turkey's Deputy Prime Minster
Bekir Bozdag. who run's a government body called the Overseas Turks
Agency, which was established in 2010.
"We are working on drafting a strategy document on the diaspora. It
will respond to our priorities, objectives and working methods. We
will also outline our messages through this document," a senior
government official told the Hurriyet Daily News over the weekend.
Hurriyet reports that in June, representatives of around 500
non-governmental organizations from mainly European countries and
elsewhere will converge in Ankara for conference "on legal ways to
confront racist and discriminatory attitudes toward Turks."
"Our objective is to provide our citizens and NGOs information on
ways to claim their rights in a conscious and organized manner,"
the official told Hurriyet. "We advise them to remain within the
boundaries of the law when they face racist attacks. We tell them to
go to the police and make written applications so that these attacks
can be addressed in a proper way using democratic means."
"However, we need to do more than this. We are encouraging them to
adopt dual citizenship and enjoy full-pledged rights," Hurriyet quoted
the official as saying.
Hurriyet also reported that some 2,000 Turks living abroad will be
invited to a meeting in Istanbul which would mark the establishment
of what the official called the "Turkish diaspora."
The plan envisions the inclusion of groups representing what the
paper called "other diasporas of like-minded countries."
The plan envisions a strong alliance with Azerbaijanis living outside
of Azerbaijan. To that end, a meeting is being planned to take place
on September 15, the when Nuri Pasha, an Ottoman general representing
Enver Pasha, one of the architects of the Armenian Genocide, commanded
Turkish troops to Baku in 1918 to fight the Russians.
Two Faces of Turkey: Veneer of Gentility Masking Ruthlessness
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier
19 April 2012
When Turkey's Foreign Minister met secretly with a group of Armenians
in Washington last month, he wooed them with his sly smile and
sugar-coated words. This was the fake facade of traditional Turkish
Last week, Turkey's UN Ambassador in New York revealed the nasty and
aggressive face of his government. Upon learning that a symposium on
the Armenian Genocide was going to be held at the UN on April 12,
Turkey's Permanent Representative filed a protest with the Secretary
General's office ,trying to disrupt the event.
Organized by the Association for Trauma Outreach &Prevention (ATOP),
the event was titled: `Toward Preventing Genocide,
Nations Acknowledging their Dark History: Psychosocial, Economic and
Cultural Perspectives.' Following screening of Dr. J. Michael
Hagopian's documentary,` The River Ran Red,' the attendees heard
addresses from filmmaker Carla Garapedian, Dr. Dennis Papazian,
Prof. Ervin Staub, and Garen Nazarian, Armenia's UN Ambassador.
Encouraged by Turkey's2007 success in obstructing a reference to the
Armenian Genocide in a UN exhibit on Rwanda, the Turkish Ambassador
tried to force the UN to cancel last week's Armenian Genocide
symposium. Fortunately, Armenia's UN Mission, official sponsor of the
event, stood its ground and the symposium took place as planned, albeit
with some minor disturbances.
At the start of the event, two Turkish diplomats entered the meeting
room without an invitation, and repeatedly attempted to disrupt
the proceedings. They kept on shouting, accusing the speakers of
defaming Turkey, and refused to comply with the organizer's request to
submit all comments and questions in writing. As the commotion
continued, UN security officers were called in, and the two
undiplomatic Turkish diplomats left the hall, inanely shouting: `we are
the security, we own the security, and we pay for the security!'
In his introductory remarks, Amb. Nazarian observed that `97years ago,
a state-devised plan unleashed a crime whose magnitude and consequences
were unparalleled not only in the history of the Armenian nation but
also in the history of the world. The plan of extermination of
the Armenians was implemented by the Ottoman Empire's state machine
through all its structures and carried out with exact instructions.'
Prof. Papazian's remarks were titled: `Sovereignty, Nationalism, Racism
vs. Humanism and Intellectual Freedom: The Causes and Cures of
Genocide.' He expressed his discontent `that the Armenian Genocide is
not recognized by the present day Turkish government as a crime
committed by its predecessor government under the dictatorship of the
Committee for Union and Progress'; `that the people of Turkey are
denied free access to accurate sources because of Article 301 of the
Turkish Criminal Code which makes it a crime to insult Turkishness';
and =80=9Cthat such [Ottoman] collections as the confiscated properties
archives and the military archives are not open to inspection by
Prof. Staub spoke about `Overcoming Evil: Preventing Genocide and
Creating Peaceful Societies.' He stated that `acknowledgement
By perpetrators, bystanders, and the world in general of a group's
suffering has great value for both healing and reconciliation.'
However, =80=9Cperpetratorsrarely, and only with great difficulty,
acknowledge their acts and show regret,' because of `their profound
devaluation of the victims, their ideology, and their unacknowledged
Carla Garapedian explored the `Economic Consequences of Acknowledging
the Genocide.' She related that J. Michael Hagopian had recorded the
testimonies of genocide survivors so that their voices would be
heard someday at an international tribunal deciding what restitution
Turkey would have to pay to heirs of the victims.
Not counting the value of the properties, lands and other assets
confiscated from Armenian victims of the genocide perpetrated by
the Turkish government, Garapedian assessed as $15 billion the
restitution value of the 1.5 million Armenians who had perished. Her
estimate is based on Germany's$60 billion restitution payment for the
six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust since 1952. Garapedian
concluded by suggesting that no state should profit from violating the
law and unjustly enrich itself, asserting that a criminal state should
not be allowed to keep the fruits of its crime.
This week, Dr. Ani Kalayjian, President of ATOP, sent a letter to UN
Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon complaining about the
`disruptive, unprofessional, and arrogant behavior' of the two Turkish
diplomats. She wondered how the UN could bring peace to the world, when
it cannot establish order at an event held at its own headquarters!
ARMENIAN CHURCH WINS LAWSUIT AGAINST ISTANBUL CITY HALL
April 16, 2012 | 10:57
ISTANBUL. - A Turkish court ruled in favor of the claim which the
foundation of St. Nigoghayos Armenian Church of Istanbul's Beykoz
district had submitted against the City Hall. The foundation had
filed a lawsuit demanding that the City Hall return the 37,500-m2
area belonging to the Church.
The foundation's chairman Varujan Maghatyan noted they awaited this
court decision for long years, Sabah daily of Turkey informs.
"The Istanbul City Hall will appeal this court verdict, but we believe
the appellate decision will again be in our favor," Maghatyan said.
EASTER IS CELEBRATED AT ARMENIAN CHURCH IN TURKEY'S DIYARBAKIR
April 16, 2012 | 10:01
An Easter mass was celebrated for the first time in the St. Giragos
Armenian Church in Diyarbakir, Turkey, ever since its restoration.
The Divine Liturgy was served by pastor Avedis Tabashyan of the Forty
Children Church in Hatay Province, Turkish Haberfx informs.
Aside from the Diyarbakir Armenians, Mayor Abdullah Demirbas of Sur
city and other officials also attended the Holy Mass.
The St. Giragos Armenian Church, which is one the biggest churches
in the Middle East, was reopened and consecrated on October 22, 2011,
and the first mass was celebrated on the next day.
The St. Giragos Armenian Church of Diyarbakir was built in 1376 at the
city's Hancepek district, which was called the "gavur (non-Muslim;
infidel) district" by the local Muslims, since a great number of
Christians used to live there until the Armenian Genocide.
KARABAKH'S SURRENDER IS NOT A SALVATION
Story from Lragir.am News:
Published: 15:02:11 - 16/04/2012
Why are parties avoiding the Karabakh topic during the election
campaign like the devil of incense? The last elections were almost
based on the Karabakh issue while now such silence.
Has Armenia changed, or the Karabakh issue has seized being urgent
in the world? Perhaps, both.
Armenia is really in a new reality. First, the society has changed,
which is hard to be distracted from the social-economic and civil
issues, by statements that the authorities or the opposition surrenders
Karabakh. People have a much more sober outlook on the life, realizing
that the reason for the poor state in the country, the economic and
legal crisis, is not Karabakh. The reason is the reluctance of the
authorities to respect the law and build a free economy and democracy.
Besides, we have a situation in place, when the ruling and oppositional
parties, RPA, Prosperous Armenia and the Armenian National Congress
have almost the same position on the Karabakh issue. None of them
denies the Karabakh issue will need concessions.
The RPA tries to postpone such a settlement, the Congress calls to
cut the Karabakh knot. As to the Prosperous Armenia, then it has
never issued a clear position on the Karabakh issue, and now, Vartan
Oskanian only notes that when he was Foreign Minister, their government
succeeded in setting the Karabakh's right to self-determination in
the international arena.
Only the Heritage party issued its stances on the Karabakh issue. The
party supports the recognition of the NKR within its current borders,
first of all by Armenia. The same stance holds the ARFD, true, noting
that compromises are possible only if the concessions are equal by
Why did the Karabakh issue become lose urgency for the parties? Do
they think, in place of the ruling party, they could hardly do more
taking into account the rough international status quo on the Karabakh
issue? Or do they support the policy of the ruling party.
In Armenia, at the last elections, something changed in the society's
approach to the Karabakh issue. Earlier, the compromises were
accepted by the larger part of the society and the main parties,
as something inevitable, as a salvations, and the status quo become
inaccessible. But, during these years, the psychology of many changed
- a whole class of educated, determined people, who are aware of the
right of the Karabakh people to the status quo and the inadmissibility
of the breach of, because the new situation will definitely worse
than the status quo, appeared.
This transformation does not let many forces speculate the Karabakh
issue. The Armenian National Congress can't state already that the
authorities are robbing the country under the cover of Karabakh. The
RPA itself can't accuse Congress of being ready to sell Karabakh since
the Congress, and not only, started understanding, that Karabakh's
surrender will not be a salvation for Armenia, but a catastrophe.
ARMENIA TO PARTICIPATE IN CANNES FILM MARKET WITH 15 FILMS
APRIL 16, 2012
YEREVAN, APRIL 16, ARMENPRESS: May 16-27, with the support of the
Ministry of Culture, National Cinema Center of Armenia will participate
already for the fourth time in a film market held in frame of annual
Cannes International Film Festival.
"Your Grief is mine" film by Armen Ronov will be presented at the
festival. As Culture Ministry's press service told Armenpress, for
more comprehensive presentation of the Armenian film Armenia will
participate in the Cannes film market with a new format: Armenian film
production companies, on behalf of the Armenian Cinema Center, will
have a separate pavilion, where a number of events (showing of films,
reception, meetings, conduction of negotiations) will be organized.
Armenian producers will present at the film market packages of film
projects being in different stages of development, including "Bright
Period", "The Unknown Heroine", "The Little Prince", "Again That New
Year", "Forgive Me", "Anahit", "World's Peoples' Fairy Tales".
Director of National Cinema Center Gevorg Gevorgyan is the head of
the Armenian delegation of the Cannes film market.