Princess of Jordan visits Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex

Princess of Jordan Dina Mired, escorted by Rector of Yerevan State Medical University Armen Muradyan and Deputy Director of the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute Suren Manukyan, visited today Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex where she paid tribute to the victims of the Armenian Genocide by laying flowers near the eternal flame.

The Facebook page of Yerevan State Medical University reports that the Princess planted a tree in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the Garden of Remembrance located next to the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute. Dina Mired also toured the Museum-Institute, after which she left a note in the registry of the Museum-Institute.

“As a non-political figure, as an advocate of the fight against cancer with a mission to save lives, by visiting the Genocide Museum, I remember the war brutalities, wherever they occur…”, the Princess noted, recalling the acts of violence being committed against civilians in different parts of the world, the main victims of which are women, children and cultural heritage.

Dina Mired sees the need to combine efforts in the fight against violence and other catastrophes. Last evening, the Princess of Jordan watched the Armenian Genocide film “The Promise” along with students and employees of Yerevan State Medical University.

Mkhitaryan presents his shirt to the UK Ambassador

Armenia’s national football team captain and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has gifted his signed shirt to the UK Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia Judith Farnworth.

The Ambassador has posted her photo on Twitter, holding the shirt with accompanying message of gratitude to Mkhitaryan. “Wow….. Huge thanks Henrikh Mkhitaryan from British Embassy Yerevan for this fabulous gift – we shall treasure it!” Ambassador Farnworth wrote.

Lia Khachikyan: “The Armenians of Portugal are working hard for the establishment of relations between Portugal and Armenia”

On April 5, at the initiative of Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association, the Faculty of Letters at the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Letras de Universidade de Lisboa) hosted a seminar entitled “Armenian Language Day” and moderated by founding member of the Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association Lia Khachikyan, who is studying Portuguese and examining Portuguese culture in Lisbon and gave an interview to Hayern Aysor.

Hayern Aysor: Lia, what brought you to Portugal?

Lia Khachikyan: I am an architect by profession, and it was my desire to obtain a PhD in architecture that brought me to Portugal in 2014. When I came, I quickly realized that I really loved and was interested in Portuguese. After I finished my studies, I decided to return and continue to study Portuguese and examine Portuguese culture. Today, I am pursuing a career that is linked to the study of Portuguese.

Hayern Aysor: Is this your first collaboration with the Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association?

Lia Khachikyan: No, it is not. I am part of the group of founding members. This is not my first collaboration, but a part of our work that is aimed at enhancing Armenian-Portuguese cultural ties, as well as the relations in the spheres of politics, science, economy, sports and other spheres. It is safe to say that there are practically no relations and cooperation between the two countries, and this is the responsible task of the Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association, namely all the members.

Hayern Aysor: How did you present information about the Armenian language during the “Armenian Language Day” seminar?

Lia Khachikyan: My speech was quite general and as brief as possible. The Portuguese participants were attending the first event devoted to the Armenian language. The objective was to introduce them to Armenian language and culture. We talked about the geographical dissemination of the language, the history and the stages of development of the language, the creation of the Armenian alphabet, the formation and future changes of the alphabet, as well as the main differences between the phonology and vocabulary of Western Armenian and Eastern Armenian. We also briefly touched upon the dialects in the Republic of Armenia and in the territory of Historic Armenia and provided general information about the grammatical structure of the language. We also managed to introduce the Portuguese to contemporary Armenian poetry and recited some of the poems of Hovhannes Tumanyan, Hovhannes Shiraz, Hamo Sahyan and Paruyr Sevak.

We talked a little about everything in order to give them a complete picture. The participants were also participating through short games, and some participants even had the opportunity to learn and pronounce words in Armenian.

It is clear that the material was quite difficult for the foreigners, and this is why I had tried to make the presentation as easy and interactive as possible. The quartet of soloists of Consonancia String Orchestra helped me a lot, and my presentation ended with their brilliant performances of the masterpieces of Armenian music.

Hayern Aysor: Lia, do you think you managed to provide the participants with information about the Armenian language?

Lia Khachikyan: Judging from the responses, congratulatory remarks and letters of gratitude, I can say the participants were very impressed. Many people approached me and expressed words of gratitude. They told me that they found out interesting facts about a place they didn’t know about, learned some new things and, most importantly, the end of the working day was pleasant and interesting for them.

Some of the chairs of the Faculty of Letters at the University of Lisbon (Faculdade de Letras de Universidade de Lisboa) even made proposals for collaboration, and I will definitely consider them.

Some Portuguese linguists asked me for information about opportunities to study Armenian. For them and, why not, for us Armenians, this is a new platform for research and the start of new opportunities.

Based on all this, it is safe to conclude that the foundation has been laid. We took one step forward for the establishment and deepening of relations in the spheres of culture and science.

Hayern Aysor: Lia, what you are saying shows that such events will open new perspectives for cooperation between Armenia and Portugal.

Lia Khachikyan: As I already mentioned, the Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association and the Armenians of Portugal are working hard for the establishment of relations between the two countries. In addition, these two nations also have many things in common. This is a fact for the Portuguese and the Armenians who know Portugal, as well as the Armenians and the Portuguese who know Armenia. From this perspective, such events foster the deepening of interest in each other and the functioning of future collaborations. After all, getting to know each other and showing interest are first and foremost important for successful cooperation. No matter where we go, such events are simply a necessity.

In closing, on behalf of myself and the Portugal-Armenia Friendship Association, I would like to express gratitude for your interest and the pleasant interview.

Lusine Abrahamyan

Bülbüloğlu gets embarrassed during UNESCO Director-General candidate hearings

On April 27, Polad Bülbüloğlu, Azerbaijan’s candidate for UNESCO Director-General, found himself in an embarrassing situation during the hearings of candidates in France.

As reported Armenpress, the chairman of the session warned Bülbüloğlu that the candidates must speak either English or French. After reading a few sentences in English, Bülbüloğlu began to speak in Russian. “I myself am dissatisfied with my level of English. However, that’s not important; the important thing is what a man has in his head,” he said.

Bülbüloğlu was even unable to give decent responses at the session and continued to emphasize only the fact that he supposedly plans to bring large amounts of money for the implementation of different UNESCO programs.

It is noteworthy that Bülbüloğlu, a man who in his term in office as Azerbaijani Minister of Culture destroyed the medieval Armenian cross-stones in Nakhijevan’s New Jugha, which UNESCO itself had acknowledged as world heritage, is now a candidate for UNESCO Director-General. During the entire period of this crime, Bülbüloğlu didn’t even make one remark to condemn or prevent the destruction of the Armenian cross-stones.

In addition, now as Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Russia, he has numerously delivered belligerent rhetoric, expressing the willingness to take arms and fight against the Armenians.

Contract on donation of area for Museum of Charles Aznavour signed

Upon Decision No 273 of the Government of the Republic of Armenia of 23 March 2017, the area envisaged for the Home-Museum of Charles Aznavour at 11/4 Antarayin Street in Yerevan (1224.4 square meter area and 0.1 hectare land parcel required for use and service) has been donated to the Aznavour Foundation under the condition that it serves as the museum of Charles Aznavour and as a cultural center.

The press service of the Department for State Property Management reports that the Department and the members of Aznavour’s family solemnly signed today a donation contract that Acting Director of Aznavour Foundation Christina Sarkisian, who is the wife of Charles Aznavour’s son, Nicola Aznavour, signed on behalf of the Aznavour Foundation.

The to-be-created museum will store and showcase values of art and culture and will not be limited to the exhibits of audio-visual materials showing the life of Charles Aznavour.

The cultural center of Aznavour Foundation in Yerevan will host various cultural events, including concerts, master classes, film screenings and French language courses, as well as social programs. The cultural center will also have recording studios and offices.

Azerbaijani troops open fire at Baghanis and Koti villages

On April 28, Azerbaijani troops opened fire at the Baghanis and Koti villages of Tavush Province, reported Spokesman of the Minister of Defense of the Republic of Armenia Artsrun Hovhannisyan to the presses, stating that the adversary was silenced following the operations of the Armenian party.

“Last evening, mainly at late hours, until midnight, they opened fire with a few rifles of different calibers. There were no specific consequences,” Hovhannisyan said, reported armradio.am.

According to Artsrun Hovhannisyan, the shootings damaged some homes in Baghanis, but after midnight, the situation is generally calm.

Armenian Section opens in library of Charles University of Czech Republic

An Armenian Section has opened in the Library of the Faculty of Philosophical Sciences at Charles University of the Czech Republic.

Orer.eu writes that the solemn opening of the Armenian Section containing nearly 1,000 Armenian books was performed by Rector of Yerevan State University, Professor Aram Simonyan and Dean of the Faculty of Philosophical Sciences at Charles University, Dr. Miriam Fried.

Among other attendees were Ambassador of Armenia to the Czech Republic Tigran Seyranyan and Director of the Library System of the Faculty Clara Roslerova, who performed the solemn opening. Afterwards, she gave the floor to the Rector of Yerevan State University, the Faculty’s Dean and Armenia’s Ambassador, thanking the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia for the support and the relevant specialists in advance. Everyone welcomed the opening of the Armenian Section at the Jan Palakh Library of the Faculty and wished that it would serve as a new basis for future cooperation.

Clean and Green Armenia Movement continues

On April 25, three days after the “Cleaning Action” that we had organized, we revisited Victory Park where there was a lot of work for us to do.

This spring, we carried out four tasks, and we consider our project in this site and in this stage complete.

We hope the visitors learn to throw trash in the nearby trashcans. We also hope we are not compelled to come here again and again.

There are quite a lot of places in Yerevan that we want to reach.

Creator of initiative: Naira Avetisyan

Austrian FM receives representatives of Austrian-Armenian community

On April 24, in parallel with the more than 100 years of existence of the Armenian Apostolic Church Community in Austria and the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the St. Hripsime Armenian Church in Vienna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria, Mr. Sebastian Kurtz received the delegation led by the chairman of the Armenian Apostolic Church Community in Austria. As reported the Community to Hayern Aysor, during the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs expressed his deep gratitude and extended thanks to the Armenian Apostolic Church Community in Austria for the strengthening and deepening of bilateral relations.

We would especially like to mention the role that the late Archbishop Mesrop Grigoryan and the current spiritual leader, Patriarchal Delegate, Fr. Archimandrite Tiran Petrosyan have played in the development of Austrian-Armenian relations and in the establishment of the friendly relations between our nations. These days Archimandrite Tiran Petrosyan and the representatives of several leading media outlets are in Armenia with the mission to prepare a special report on Armenia and the events commemorating the victims of the Armenian Genocide for Austrian state television and radio. The several events organized and implemented by the council of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Austria provided many Austrians with the opportunity to get acquainted with the cultural, church and national values of the Armenian nation.

“Our high-ranking spiritual leaders representing the Armenian Apostolic Church have also played their special role in the establishment and development of the Armenian community in Austria and have helped not only keep the fire of Christianity burning, but have also brought up Armenian children who are loyal to universal values, and not just one generation of Armenians,” chairman of the Armenian Apostolic Church Community in Austria Vahagn Amirjanyan said.

The council of the Armenian Apostolic Church, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Austria, carries out various events that are called for fostering the establishment of close ties between Austrian and Armenian businessmen, educators, doctors, cultural, economic and political figures and the creation of the necessary prerequisites for further development of relations.

On behalf of the Armenian nation, Vahagn Amirjanyan expressed his deep gratitude to the Austrian government for receiving and supporting refugees from Syria. Among them there are several Armenians whose ancestors had migrated from the territory of Historic Armenia to Syria during the days of the Armenian Genocide in the early 20th century and took shelter in Syria. “Unfortunately, their children are also compelled to emigrate, and I would like to mention that the Armenian community of Austria is also taking action to contribute to the integration of Syrian-Armenians by providing the immigrants with free social, legal and medical consulting, free German language courses and more.”

Chairman of the Armenian Apostolic Church Community Vahagn Amirjanyan expressed special gratitude to the Deputies of the Parliament of Austria who, on 23 April 2015 (ahead of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide), recognized the genocide that took place in the Ottoman Empire in 1915, condemned the crime committed against the Armenians by the Ottoman Turks and proved once again that the Republic of Austria was devoted to universal, European and humanitarian values, as well as to the just and democratic values of state governance.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Austria Sebastian Kurtz is expected to visit the St. Hripsime Armenian Church in Vienna. Kurtz received the official invitation from Patriarchal Delegate in Central Europe and the Scandinavian countries, Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Tiran Petrosyan.

Journey of an Armenian carpet-from Armenia’s communities to the world (photos)

The Children of Armenia Fund (COAF) and Megerian Carpets have launched a new charity program dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Megerian Carpets.

As reported the Fund to Hayern Aysor, with the help of the skillful carpet makers of Megerian Carpets, the beneficiaries of the Children of Armenia Fund (young people of Vanand village) will be working together to make an anniversary carpet for the next couple of months.

“I am very happy for this cooperation, which will provide the young generation with the opportunity to become familiar with one of the branches of ancient Armenian culture-carpet making. It is wonderful that we are carrying out this program with the Children of Armenia Fund, which was established by my longtime friend Garo Armen,” owner of Megerian Carpets Raffi Megerian stated in his welcoming remarks.

In December, this unique carpet will be showcased during the annual COAF gala fundraiser in New York. The carpet will be sold during an auction, and all proceeds will go to implementation of the projects of the COAF.

“This cooperation conveys new quality to the longtime friendship between the Fund and Megerian Carpets. The young people of Armenia are becoming familiar with one of the ancient crafts of Armenians-carpet making. Moreover, they are provided with an exclusive opportunity to learn that craft at one of the most reputable and most skilled institutions in Armenia,” board chairman of the Children of Armenia Fund Garo Armen emphasized.

During the event marking the launch of the joint program, 80 members of the extracurricular clubs of the Fund’s beneficiary communities (ethnography, handicraft work, carpet making and English language clubs) visited Megerian Carpets where they participated in an instructive tour at the Hovhannes and Noemy Megerians Museum and in the company’s factory where they were introduced to the traditions of Armenian carpet making.

After the tour, the members of Our Home NGO and the ethnography club of Vanand village surprised the participants with a performance of an Armenian wedding ritual.

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Ceremony commemorating Khrimyan Hayrik to be held in Lebanon

On May 3 at 20:00, the Erjo-Samuelian-Yerakouyn Hall of the Armenian Prelacy of Lebanon will host a commemoration ceremony dedicated to the 125th anniversary of the election of Khrimyan Hayrik as Catholicos and to the 110th death anniversary of the Catholicos.

According to Hayern Aysor, the event will be moderated by Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Lebanon, His Grace, Fr. Bishop Shaheh Panosian. The keynote speaker will be Director of the L. & S. Hagopian National College Vicken Avakian.

The event will feature a performance by Hamazkayin’s Aig Armenian Choir (choirmaster Zakar Keshishian).

Pupils of Armenian school in France’s Amien send letters to Armenian soldiers

Hayern Aysor presents the letter/postcards that the pupils of Aratta Armenian one-day school in the French city of Amien have sent to soldiers of the Armenian Army.

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March of Silence held in Warsaw in commemoration of 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

On April 24, 2017, Armenian organizations of Poland (Armenian-Polish Public Committee, the Armenian Foundation, the Polish-Armenian Foundation, the Armenian Congress, the Armenian Association of Lodz, the Armenian Association of Elblong, the Musar Ler Armenian Cultural Center, the Armenian community of Plotsk and the Armenian Association of Shlonsk) held an annual March of Silence dedicated to the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide in Warsaw.

As reported Hayern Aysor, several participants of the march marched towards the Turkish embassy with Armenian national flags, posters presenting the sufferings of those who were subjected to genocide, as well as candles and flowers.

The March of Silence began with an opening speech by President of the Armenian-Polish Public Committee Hrachya Boyajyan, followed by speeches by representative of the Armenian Foundation Matsiey Bohosevich, representative of the Armenian community of Plotsk Hrach Ghadimyan and other attendees.

The speakers and participants condemned the perpetrators of the genocide and demanded acknowledgement of the genocide.

The First Channel of Poland, Polonia TV and the TV station of Kieltse covered and interpreted the details of the March of Silence held in Warsaw.

In 2005, Poland recognized and condemned the Armenian Genocide. There are more than 40,000 Armenians living in Poland.

St. Mary’s Monastery in Akhtala serves Holy Mass commemorating canonized martyrs of Armenian Genocide

On April 24, the St. Mary’s Monastery in Akhtala served a Holy Mass, which was followed by an intercession performed in memory of the canonized martyrs of the Armenian Genocide. According to Hayern Aysor, among those attending the Holy Mass were Mayor of Akhtala Haik Khachikyan and representatives of the local Armenian community.

In his sermon, Abbot of the St. Mary’s Monasteryin Akhtala, Fr. Priest Hetum Tarverdyan stated that it was the duty of all Armenians to remember all the innocent victims and keep their memory alive. He also urged all Armenians to be aware of the idea that it is the duty of every Armenian to show that Armenians living in different corners of the globe will always protect and demand their national interests and that the Armenians must never forget that they need to demand the establishment of justice for the blood that all the innocent Armenians shed.

After the intercession, His Holiness, the mayor, the members of the local Armenian community and the guests laid a wreath in front of the Armenian cross-stone erected in memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide in the yard of the monastery in Akhtala.