Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Armenian News... A Topalian... Chance to see 'The Promise' Brentford

The Promise Film 
For those who want to see the film again, or have yet to se it 

(are there any such Armenians?), it will be showing at the 
Watermans Art Centre, Brentford (box office 020 8232 1010)
between 2 and 8 June.

This is also an independent cinema so there may be other such 
places near you bringing back the film.

The next film to be released in September/October:
Architects of Denial 

featuring a number of persons including Geoffrey Robertson QC

Click on the trailer of this documentary: 

Asbarez Armenian News
May 19 2017
OSCE Minsk Group Blames Azerbaijan for Missile Attack 

A guided missile attack by Azerbaijan partially destroyed Artsakh 
military equipment

The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Ambassadors Igor Popov 
of Russia, Stephane Visconti of France, and Richard Hoagland of the 
United States of America, issued a statement on Friday holding Azerbaijan 
accountable for the missiles fired in an attack against the Artsakh 
(Nagorno-Karabakh) Republic on the night of May 16-17. 
The Minsk Group further condemned their ceasefire violations.

The Azerbaijani armed forces launched a Spike guided missile attack 
Monday afternoon, partially destroying military equipment, defense 
officials in Armenia and Artsakh confirmed, and reported no casualties.

The offensive used 60-mm mortars and an antitank grenade launcher 
at different parts of the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border.

Panorama, Armenia
May 20 2017
Artsakh soldier killed by Azerbaijani fire 

On May 20, at around 07:20, Artsakh Defense Army soldier identified 
as Karen Saribek Danielyan (b. 1996) sustained a fatal gunshot wound 
due to Azerbaijani fire in one of the military bases of Karabakh Defense 
Army located in the northern direction. As the Press Service of Artsakh 
Defense Ministry told, a probe is underway to uncover the 
circumstances of the incident.

The Defense Ministry of Artsakh shares the grief of the loss and extends 
its condolences to the family members, relatives and fellow servicemen 
of the deceased soldier.

Texas Recognizes Armenian Genocide
May 20, 2017

The Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution
recognizing the Armenian Genocide on Friday.

Thus, Texas has become the 46th state in the U.S. to officially
classify and commemorate the 1915-1923 annihilation of Ottoman
Turkey's indigenous Christian Armenian community as genocide, reports

"We are grateful to the Texas House of Representatives for standing on
the right side of history by making their dynamic state the latest
member of our Union to unequivocally and vociferously honor the memory
of the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide despite
overwhelming Turkish opposition," remarked Armenian National Committee
of America-Western Region Chair Nora Hovsepian, as quoted by the news

Turkey denies the World War I-era killings of Armenians constituted
genocide. Its government did not immediately react to the resolution
in Texas. 

ARMINFO News Agency, Armenia
May 19, 2017 Friday
Kurds of Turkey greeted the fact that the first session of 6th
convocation Armenian Parliament was conducted by their compatriot
Ani Mshetsyan. 

Kurds of Turkey greeted the fact that the first session
of 6th convocation Armenian Parliament was conducted by their
compatriot Knyaz Hasanov.

"This is an exclusive fact in our history, when in Christian country,
at the opening of the first session of Parliament the chairman role
was given to Kurdish origin lawmaker," Kurdish NDP Hakaria
organization official statement reads.

"The first time, when on one side of the representative of our nation
the president of the country was sitting ,and with the other head of
the religious community, while he governs the meeting of Parliament,"
the statement reads.

"In Turkey live several million of Kurds, however, the Kurds still
fight for their rights, which are being violated daily and everywhere
by the Turkish population. However, in Armenia, where only a few
thousand Kurds live, our community has such a respectful attitude,
"the authors of the statement note.

Asbarez Armenian News
May 19 2017
Armenia Signs Convention on Cultural Property Offenses
NICOSIA, Cyprus (Council of Europe)—Six states signed on May 19 in Nicosia the Council of Europe Convention on Offences relating to Cultural Property.

Armenia, Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and San Marino as well as Mexico, one of the Organisation’s observer states, were the first to sign the convention, which is open for signature to any country in the world.

Adopted in the framework of the Council of Europe’s action to fight terrorism and organized crime, the new convention seeks to stop the looting of antiquities and their trafficking through the art markets. It makes a criminal offence their unlawful excavation, importation and exportation, acquisition and placing on the market, and the falsification of documents in this context.

By bringing national legislations up to the same standards, the treaty will close the existing loopholes and enable much more effective cross-border co-operation in investigating, prosecuting and sentencing persons suspected of the offences listed in the convention.

Crucially, the convention protects the cultural property of any state, be it party or not to the treaty.

The signing took place in Nicosia during a Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers meeting bringing together Foreign affairs Ministers of the Organisation’s 47 Member States. The treaty will enter into force after five ratifications.

The new treaty fills a gap in international law, since none of the existing conventions deal with criminal law issues. It complements the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property, the 1972 UNESCO Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage and the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.

ArmBanks, Armenia
May 19 2017
Private noncommercial remittances to Armenia increased 14.5% 
to more than $312.9 million in Jan-March 2017 
More than $312.9 million has been received in Armenia through banks over a period between January and March 2017 as private noncommercial transfers, the Central Bank of Armenia reports on its website.

This amount is 14.5% larger than received at the same period a year before.

Over $127.1 million came to Armenia in March alone showing an 18.1% year-on-year growth and a 26% month-on-month growth.

The remittances have grown at the mentioned period mainly because the inflow of money transfers from Russia intensified, while the outflow from Armenia dwindled.

The inflow from Russia grew 20.7% in Jan-March 2017, compared with the same period a year earlier, to $165.2 million, while the outflow from Armenia to Russia shrank 213.5% to $66.1 million.

In total, $183.5 million was transferred from Armenia abroad in the first quarter of 2017 against $180.5 million in the 1st Q 2016, and net inflows totaled around $129.4 million against $92.6 million respectively.

According to the Central Bank of Armenia $ 1 532.8 million was received in Armenia in 2016 (a six-percent decline) and AMD 816.9 million was transferred outside (a 7.3% growth). As a result, the net inflow amounted to $715.9 million showing a 17-percent decline.

Hurriyet, Turkey
May 19 2017
Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges moves headquarters from Istanbul to Yerevan

The Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) decided to move its headquarters from Istanbul to Yerevan during an extraordinary general assembly meeting in Tehran on May 16.

In a written statement on May 17, the organization said a majority of members of the general assembly had decided to relocate FEAS’ headquarters to Armenia after 22 years of operations in Turkey.

“It is a historical and turning point for the federation after three years of struggle,” said Mohammed Omran, the chairperson of the federation and the executive chairman of the Egyptian Exchange.

“Having two young and ambitious exchanges; Cyprus Stock Exchange and Iran Fara Bourse as new board members replacing the withdrawing exchanges [Borsa Istanbul and Sarajevo Stock Exchange] will definitely enhance the dynamism of the federation,” Omran added.

In moving FEAS’ headquarters to Armenia, NASDAQ OMX Armenia will start to support the administration of the federation, according to the statement.

The secretariat has been entrusted to Konstantin Saroyan, CEO of NASDAQ OMX Armenia, who was also appointed FEAS secretary-general, according to the statement.

His appointment was recommended by the Executive Board and approved by the majority of the General Assembly, it added.

FEAS was established on May 15, 1995, with 12 founding members, the Amman Stock Exchange, Bratislava Stock Exchange, Central-Asian Stock Exchange (Kazakhstan), First Bulgaria Stock Exchange, Istanbul Stock Exchange, Karachi Stock Exchange, Ljubljana Stock Exchange, State Commodity Raw Materials Exchange (Turkmenistan), Tehran Stock Exchange, Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Yerevan Stock Exchange and Zagreb Stock Exchange, according to the statement.

The purpose of the federation is to contribute to the cooperation, development, support and promotion of capital markets in the Eurasian region.

FEAS currently has more than 40 members, including stock exchanges, post-trade institutions, dealers associations and regional federations from over 30 countries.

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
May 19, 2017 Friday
British International School of Armenia to hold Open Doors event June 3
The British International School of Armenia (BISA) is proud to announce 
the official opening of High School for 2017 academic year.

BISA is a Pearson Authorized High School in Armenia certified to offer
Edexcel Academic Qualifications to students aged 13 - 16. All the
subjects are offered in accordance with the academic program of
British educational system. Upon graduation the students will receive
Edexcel International Advanced Levels /A-Level/ qualification and an
opportunity to continue their further studies in leading international
universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL and others.

As the director of the school mentions, BISA’s core mission is to
raise the competitiveness of education in Armenia to international
level and to facilitate academic mobility. BISA high school is the key
link in providing pre-vocational education, which enables students to
orientate in their further vocational studies. The Student Advisors at
BISA will be ready to provide guidance to those willing to study
abroad. The courses at school are delivered in English, in the
afternoon. This gives the students an opportunity to combine education
at BISA with their public school education. Apart from the main
program, BISA students will also take TOEFL/IELTS and SAT preparation

British International School of Armenia will hold an Open Doors event
on June 3, at 15:00. During the event the parents and the students
will learn about the general provisions of the school, its programs
and admission procedure, as well as get acquainted with the school,
the educational environment, the teachers and the staff. The admission
of the school has already started and the deadline for applications is
June 16, 2017. 

Armenpress News Agency , Armenia
May 19, 2017 Friday
Henrikh Mkhitaryan wins Manchester United goal of the season award

Armenian international Henrikh
Mkhitaryan’s amazing ‘scorpion’ kick against Sunderland has been voted
Manchester United’s Goal of the Season for 2016/17 by a big margin,
Manchester United reported on its official website.

The Armenian’s effort in the3-1 Boxing Day winat Old Trafford, an
instinctive backheeled volley from Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross, picked
up 57 per cent of the votes in the official poll on

Wayne Rooney’s record-breaking250th goal for United, a spectacular
last-gasp free-kick in January’s draw at Stoke City, was the runner-up
with 13 per cent, andPaul Pogba’s long-range drive at Swansea Cityon
nine per cent completed the top three.

Collecting the accolade at Thursday’s end-of-season awards ceremony at
Old Trafford, Mkhitaryan said: "To be honest, I was impressed as well.
I just realised when I went home and watched it again." Crediting the
player who provided the assist for his award-winning goal, Zlatan
Ibrahimovic, the Armenian quipped: "I couldn't miss this great
opportunity because I received a great ball from the god!"

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