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ARMENIA - CYPRUS TIES STRENGTHEN AFTER KOCHARYAN VISIT TO CYPRUS
Gibrahayer - Nicosia 24 November, 2006

The President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan concluded a three-day state visit
to Cyprus, the first visit of the Armenian leader since it gained
independence 15 years ago.
The Armenian President, accompanied by Foreign Minister Vartan Oskanyan and
a 30-member delegation, was welcomed at Larnaca airport by Acting Foreign
Minister, Minister of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment Photis
Photiou.
Kocharyan began his official program on Thursday, with a meeting with
President Tassos Papadopoulos at the Presidential Palace. The official talks
included an agreement on co-operation in combating organised and other forms of
crime that was signed by Cyprus Minister of Justice and Public Order Sophocles
Sophocleous and the Minister of Justice of Armenia Davit Harutunian.
Kocharyan later met House President Demetris Christofias, while Foreign
Minister George Lillikas hosted a lunch in honour of the President of Armenia.
After that Kocharyan met with Archbishop Chrysostomos II. The day ended with a
state banquet hosted by President Papadopoulos.
On the same day, Armenian Central Bank Chairman Tigran Sarkisyan had a
meeting with officials at the Central Bank of Cyprus, while Deputy Culture
Minister Gagik Gyurjyan signed a memorandum of cooperation that renews a bilateral
education and culture program for the years 2006-2008, while late on Thursday
evening, an Armenian ministerial delegation visited the Kalaydjian Rest Home
in Nicosia.
On Friday, Kocharyan visited Nicosia Town Hall where he met the Mayor of
Nicosia Michalakis Zampelas who presented him with the golden key of the city
and accompanied him to a visit to Nicosia within the walls and the the
cease-fire line that separates the only divided city in Europe.
Later on, Kocharyan and his delegation - always accompanied by Armenian
representative in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian - visited the Nareg
Armenian elementary school in Nicosia and met with the Armenian Archbishop and
had a meeting with the Temagan and Varchagan Bodies of the community. He also
took a moment to pay his respect to the victims of the Armenian Genocide by
placing flowers at the Genocide Memorial.
Much to the community's dismay the festive dinner that was to take place at
a Nicosia Hotel and the community gathering, was substituted by a low-key
get-together at the Church on Friday morning, while in the afternoon President
Kocharyan laid the foundation stone of the monument to commemorate the arrival
of the first survivors of the Armenian genocide at the Larnaca Marina (old
port) Finikoudes Promenade, in a touching ceremony that was addressed by
Armenian representative Vartkes Mahdessian and Armenian Foreign Minister Vartan
Oskanyan.


The local media gave extensive coverage to the Armenian visit, that is to be
reciprocated in Yerevan in early 2007. Our community lived moments of joy
and pride, witnessing the reality of Armenian statehood blossoming before our
very eyes. Unfortunately the community will also remember the three day
Armenian visit with protocol mishandlings and the interventions of the few for
agendas that will surely surface once the dust of the visit settles.
There are differing opinions about the schedule, orientation and emphasis to
the various events organised by the personal initiative of the Ambassador of
Armenia Vahram Gajoyan.
Our community is already drawing its conclusions and putting the pieces
together. To that end we have received emails that we will publish in the next
issue.


Further reading:
"The Financial Mirror newspaper (www dot financialmirror dot com) gave daily
coverage to the Kocharyan visit. It also had an interview with Foreign
Minister Vartan Oskanyan who elaborated on Armenia-Cyprus relations and expanded
on his thoughts from his visit here.
We have put these articles at
http://gibrahayer.cyprusnewsletter.com/index.htm? p=4
We also urge our readers to read Haro Chakmagdjian's news piece for AFP
"Armenia FM reaches out to Turkey on Genocide recognition" at
_http://gibrahayer.cyprusnewsletter.com/index.htm ?p=3_
(http://gibrahayer.cyprusnewsletter.com/index.htm ?p=3)

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News in Brief - by Sevag Devledian
Air Arabia, the first low-fare airline in the Middle East and North Africa,
launched its fourth new route this month to Armenia, having made its
inaugural flight to Yerevan last week. Air Arabia will fly two times a week to
Yerevan, every Wednesday and Saturday, departing from Sharjah at 9:15am, arriving
in Yerevan at 12:20pm and departing Yerevan at 1:05pm to arrive back in
Sharjah at 3:55pm.
Europe has collected 1.1 million euros for the development of Nagorno
Karabakh during the Phonetone-2006 organised by Armenia (Hayastan) Fund. France,
Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium took part in the European
Phonetone'06. The funds will be spent on the reconstruction of infrastructures in
Hadrut region of Karabakh.
In the town of Barnaul,in the Altay region, the crosses of the newly built
church St. Hripsime were anointed by Bishop Nersisyan of the Armenian Diocese
of Russia and New Nakhichevan. A red khachkar brought from Armenia was also
presented. It was donated by Aramayis Martirosyan. The khachkar was erected
near the church in memory of the long-lasting friendship of Armenians and
Russians.
Argentinean businessman Eduardo Eurnekyan, the concessioner of Yerevan
airport "Zvartnots," is investing $40 million in the construction of the first
geothermic power plant in Armenia. The plant with 25 megawatt capacity is to be
built in Kyarkar volcanic valley in Sisian district and may be put into
exploitation within 1-2 years. Preliminary estimations showed that the area has a
big potential of geothermic power that can be used for energy purposes.
Armenian peacekeeper Georgy Nalbandyan, who was injured in Iraq, will
undergo two more surgeries.The lieutenant injured on November 10 is in Germany,
will stay at the medical centre of Landschtul located near the Ramstein military
base of the US Air Force.
The Department on Asking Refuge of the Migration Agency of the staff of the
Armenian Ministry of Territorial Administration received 529 applications in
January-October of 2006 from foreign citizens, including 512 ones for
temporary refuge, and 16 for getting status of refugees. 269 people from those
asking for temporary refuge were citizens of Lebanon, 176 from Iraq and 67 from
Israel.
Leader of the Armenian Ramkavar- Azatakan Party Harutyun Arakelyan has
confirmed his decision to run for the Armenian Parliament under majority system in
spring 2007.
Global Gold Corporation announced the increase in production and continuous
operation of its wholly owned Tukhmanuk mine in Armenia. The Company has been
mining at a rate of approximately 750 mt per day on a 24 hours operating
basis while milling is operating at a rate of approximately 400 mt per day on a
24 hours operating basis.

News agencies about the visit of President Kocharyan
Nicosia, Nov 23 (Reuters) - Armenia said on Thursday it hoped Turkish moves
towards EU accession would bring more open debate in Turkey over accusations
Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenians early in the 20th century.
Armenian President Robert Kocharyan, talking to reporters during a visit to
Cyprus, said that Turkey's expressed wish to join the European Union should
lead to normalisation of ties with all neighbours. "Consequently the issue of
Turkey's accession course interests us and we're waiting to see it become
what it should become. This will certainly influence Armenian-Turkish
relations," he said.
Armenians say Ottoman Turks conducted systematic genocide against Armenians
around 1915. Turkey, however, insists thousands of Muslim Turks as well as
Christian Armenians were killed at that time as part of a general partisan
conflict that raged as the Ottoman Empire collapsed.
Debate of the issue in Turkey is restricted by laws that can effectively
make it an offence to discuss publicly let alone express support for any notion
of a genocide.
"We believe the process of Turkey's accession to the EU will lead to a more
open and honest debate in Turkish society where people can express their
opinions," Kocharyan said.
"I know this a difficult process."
Turkey is holding formal negotiations for EU membership but progress is
hampered by differences over the Mediterranean island of Cyprus and over economic
and political reforms.


Cyprus News Agency- Nov 23 2006 -The government of Armenia wants a speedy
solution to the Cyprus problem, according to the wishes of the people of Cyprus
and its leadership, said here Thursday President of Armenia Robert
Kocharyan, who is on a state visit to the island.
He was speaking after official talks with Cyprus President Tassos
Papadopoulos at the Presidential Palace, with the participation of delegations from the
two countries.
In his statements, Kocharyan pointed out that Turkeys EU course could affect
Armenia's relations with Turkey, stressing that his country is very much
interested in Turkeys EU accession course.
On his part, President Papadopoulos said Turkey should implement its
European obligations, stressing that veto belongs to those who do not want sanctions
to be taken against Turkey.
Before the two presidents statements, an agreement between the Government of
the Republic of Cyprus and the Government of the Republic of Armenia on
co-operation in combating organised and other forms of crime was signed by
Cyprus` Minister of Justice and Public Order Sophocles Sophocleous and Minister of
Justice of Armenia Davit Harutyunyan.
Sports - by Sevag Devledian
AYMA/HMEM lost to ESOBGA, 1-2 in the 2nd Division of the Cyprus Amateur
Football Championship. Scorer for AYMA/HMEM was Garo Zakarian in a game that saw
ex-APOEL striker Ara Bedrossian play for the first time this season.
The Cyprus Futsal national team played two friendly games against Poland
this week, the first game was on the 21st of Nov. where Poland beat Cyprus 4-3,
Igor Dassaev who plays for AGBU Ararat was one of the scorers. The second
game played on the 23rd of Nov. saw Poland beat Cyprus 5-2.
Simon Aynedjian completed an unbeaten run in 2006 in Seniors tennis after
winning the Cyprus National Championships. He defeated Artemis Eleftheriou 6-3
6-4 in the semi's and Marios Petrou 6-1, 6-3 in the finals of +35 singles.
All results at cyprustennis dotcom
The Armenian women's national football team won the first point in its
history with the match against Bosnia (score 1-1) on November 20th. Before this
the Armenian women's national team had lost all its' matches without scoring
even once.
Chess World Cup winner, Armenian grandmaster Levon Aronian, came second
after grandmaster Viswanathan Anand of India who banked on his vast reservoir of
experience in rapid chess to win the Mikhail Tal Memorial Blitz tournament in
Moscow.
Striker Yiannakis Okkas has been invited to Ewood Park for a trial and
Olympiakos have given the green light for the player to travel to England who will
travel to Blackburn in December and spend four days training with Mark
Hughes side.


Zaruhi Harutyunyan arrives in the United States
A new challenge has began for Zaruhi Harutyunyan, who will be testing her
strokes on the pro tour in the United States, after her successes in 2006 saw
her jump from 1245 to the top 200 that included five ITF championships, two of
them in Turkey.
We will keep you updated of her progress through the pages of this
e-magazine.
We urge our readers - specially in the United States - to drum up support
for her and make her dream of success their own.
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Exhibition
Gibrahayer 24 November, 2006 President Robert Kocharyan of Armenia paid a
late night surprise visit on Thursday November 23, to the latest painting
exhibition of internationally renowned Cypriot artist Vartan Tashdjian at the
Hilton Gallery in Nicosia, Cyprus.
The President admired the show and highly praised Vartan for his works. In
appreciation for this honour Tashdjian presented one of his paintings to
President Kocharyan as a gift, which was accepted graciously.
Other dignitaries from the presidential entourage also visited the exhibition

Vartan's exhibition - his 46th one man show - was opened on Nov. 22, by the
Cyprus Foreign Minister Giorgos Lillikas to a packed gathering of officials
and art lovers and friends. It achieved great success. Your contributions

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g i b r a h a y c a l e n d a r & e v e n ts
Wednesday 29 November, at 7:45 pm - Panel Discussion organised by the Social
Democratic Party of Cyprus at the Utudjian Hall. Panelists are Kevork
Zeitountsyan, Stepan Haroutyounian, Levon Arakelian.
Wednesday November 29 at 10:30 pm - Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian sings every
Wednesday at Enallax Club in the old city of Nicosia, with the resident rock
band.
Friday December 1 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Hilda Paroian invites you to a
Christmas Jewelry Exhibition of Hand-Made Jewelry made from Swarovski crystals
and semi-precious stones on sterling silver at 2 Parthenonos str. Ayios
Andreas.
Friday December 1, at 8:30 pm - Architect of Sound Multi-Media Encounter The
Life and Music of Iannis Xenakis, at the Pasydy Auditorium, Nicosia, Cello
performance by Rohan de Saram. Presentation with image and text by Nouritza
Matossian.
Saturday December 2, at 5:00 pm - The Armenian Evangelical Church Service
will take place in the Greek Evangelical Church, 20 Gladstone street - Nicosia.
Saturday December 2, at 8:00 pm - Jashgerouyt / Khrakhjank at AYMA with
resident Armenian Band.
Saturday December 2, at 8:30 pm - Screening of BBC2 Documentary "Something
Rich and Strange" and DVD screening of "The Legend of Er" introduced by
Nouritza Matossian at the ARtos Foundation, Nicosia.
Saturday December 2, at 9:30 pm - Marie Louise Kouyoumdjian sings every
Saturday at the Palm Beach Hotel in Larnaca.
Sunday December 3 from 10:00 am - 9:00pm - Mardig Costanian invites you to
the opening of his new shop PERFECT TIME, of watches, silver and fashion
jewelry on 31B Ifigenias str.Acropolis-Nicosia-Tel:22317741.Authorised Dealers of
the world famous Swiss watches Classique, owned by Sam Der Bedrossian family.
10% discount on all purchases made on the Opening Day.
Monday December 4, at 7:30 pm - Illustrated Lecture: Xenakis, Architect of
Chaos. Matossian relaunches her acclaimed book with an illustrated lecture to
demonstrate the unity of Xenakis' architecture and musical radicalism.at the
newly formed Architecture department at the University of Cyprus, Nicosia.
Tuesday December 5 - "XENAKIS" by Nouritza Matossian, Book signing and
Reception at the British Council, Nicosia.
Saturday December 9, 9:00 pm - HMM/Nor Serount Ball with singer Mher
Chaparian & band from Lebanon at "Sakara" Restaurant in Nicosia. Entrance 10 CYP.
For tickets contact 99644854 or 99896685.
Tuesday December 12, at 8:00 pm - Musical Evening by Zakar and Camila
Keshishian (flute and piano) organised by Hamazkayin's Cyprus Oshagan Chapter at
Kasteliotissa Hall in Nicosia.
Friday December 15, at 5:00 pm - AYMA/HMEM and Marlen Avedikian (99782858)
invite you to a semi-precious stone jewellery exhibition at AYMA. Part of the
proceeds will be donated to AYMA/HMEM.
Monday December 25 at 9:00 pm - AYMA / HMEM Annual Ball at the Cyprus Hilton
- Nicosia. Details to follow.

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