Vartan Gharpetian Elected Glendale Mayor

 GLENDALE (Asbarez) —Vartan Gharpetian will serve his third year on the Glendale City Council as the city’s mayor thanks to a unanimous vote by council members Monday, where new and returning faces were officially sworn in to their roles as civil servants, reported Glendale News Press.

Gharpetian was elected to the Glendale City Council in April of 2015 and has been involved with the City of Glendale directly as the past Commissioner on the Design Review Board, Commissioner on the Parks, Recreation, & Community Services Commission, Commissioner on the Historic Preservation Commission, and Chair of the Glendale Housing Authority. Other positions held include Civic Advisory Boardmember of the Glendale Adventist Medical Foundation, Boardmember of the Glendale Police Foundation, Member of the Glendale Historical Society, Member of the Glendale Chamber of Commerce, Board Vice President of the D&M Educational Foundation, and Member of the Glendale Association of Realtors. Mayor Gharpetian and his wife Dr. Armina Gharpetian have been married for 21 years. They have 3 children, all of whom attend Glendale public schools.

City Council incumbents Ara Najarian and Zareh Sinanyan took their oath of office for another four years of service alongside first-time Councilman Vrej Agajanian. Unopposed candidates Ardy Kassakhian and Rafi Manoukian will continue their roles as city clerk and city treasurer, respectively.

Before Gharpetian took on his new role, acting Mayor Paula Devine received recognition for her contributions to the city by state Sen. Anthony Portantino and a representative from the office of Assemblywoman Laura Friedman.

In parting comments, Devine expressed her gratitude to colleagues and supporters for the opportunity to pursue her vision of the city, which included greater public engagement by moving oral communication to an earlier portion of council meetings, park creation and renovation, and an expansion of the Glendale business and art community.

CEC announces names of newly elected parliamentarians, first NA session to be held on 18 May

The Central Electoral Commission of Armenia has published the list of the names of candidates who will receive parliamentary mandates based on the results of the April 2 parliamentary elections.

The following will receive parliamentary mandates according to the territorial lists of the Republican Party of Armenia:

Precinct #1: Robert Sargsyan (father’s name: Gurgen), Mihran Poghosyan (father’s name: Suren)

Precinct #2: Artak Sargsyan (father’s name Samvel), Arthur Gevorgyan (father’s name Samvel)

Precinct #3: Samvel Alexanyan (father’s name: Limindr), Arayik Hovhannisyan (father’s name: Rafael), Koryun Nahapetyan (father’s name: Garnik)

Precinct #4: Hakob Beglaryan (father’s name: Beglar), Harutyun Karapoghosyan (father’s name: Karapet)

Precinct #5: Arayik Grigoryan (father’s name: Temur), Murad Muradyan (father’s name: Sahak), Alik Sargsyan (father’s name: Sargis)

Precinct #6: Nahapet Gevorgyan (father’s name: Bagrat), Sedrak Saroyan (father’s name: Firdus)

Precinct #7: Nairi Sahakyan (father’s name: Artashes)

Precinct #8: Rafik Grigoryan (father’s name: Khoren), Hakob Hakobyan (father’s name: Rafik)

Precinct #9: Karen Karapetyan (father’s name: Sargis), Vahram Baghdasaryan (father’s name: Vaghinak), Arkady Hambardzumyan (father’s name: Stanislav)

Precinct #10: Andranik Harutyunyan (father’s name: Albert), Aram Harutyunyan (father’s name Khachik)

Precinct #11: Arman Sahakyan (father’s name: Sos), Felix Tsolakyan (father’s name: Khostegh)

Precinct #12: Ashot Arsenyan (father’s name: Yeghish), Avet Sargsyan (father’s name: Lavrent)

Precinct #13: Grigor Avalyan (father’s name: Serozh)

The following representatives of national minorities have also received parliamentary mandates according to the list of the Republican Party of Armenia: Rustam Mahmudyan, Arsen Mikhailov and Knyaz Hasanov.

The following have received parliamentary mandates based on the party-list proportional representation of the Republican Party of Armenia:

Arpine Hovhannisyan (father’s name: Ashot)
Ara Babloyan (father’s name: Saen)
Armen Ashotyan (father’s name: Gevorg)
Eduard Sharmazanov (father’s name: Hovsep)
Margarit Yesayan (father’s name: Henrik)
Samvel Farmanyan (father’s name: Zhora)
Karen Avagyan (father’s name: Karlen)
Galust Sahakyan (father’s name: Grigor)
Hermine Naghdalyan (father’s name: Mikayel)
Gagik Minasyan (father’s name: Yengibar)
Samvel Nikoyan (father’s name: Pargev)
Hrayr Tovmasyan (father’s name: Vardan)
Shushan Petrosyan (father’s name: Samvel)
Manvel Grigoryan (father’s name: Sektor)
Artashes Geghamyan (father’s name: Mamikon)
Khosrov Harutyunyan (father’s name: Melik)
Shushan Sardaryan (father’s name: Albert)
Haik Babukhanyan (father’s name: Boris)
Vahan Harutyunyan (father’s name: Mikhail)
Jemma Baghdasaryan (father’s name: Samvel)
Gevorg Kostanyan (father’s name: Surik)
Mihran Hakobyan (father’s name: Taron)

Arman Saghatelyan (father’s name: Armen)

Ruzanna Muradyan (father’s name: Karapet)
Gagik Melikyan (father’s name: Vaghinak)
Karen Bekaryan (father’s name: Manuk)
Shirak Torosyan (father’s name: Artem)
Karine Atchemyan (father’s name: Khachik)

The following have received parliamentary mandates according to the list of precincts of Tsarukyan Bloc:

Precinct #1: Artyom Tsarukyan (father’s name: Rafael)

Precinct #2: Vahan Karapetyan (father’s name: Gurgen)

Precinct #3: Harutyun Gharagyozyan (father’s name: Arpiar)

Precinct #4: Napoleon Azizyan (father’s name: Suren)

Precinct #5: Argam Abrahamyan (father’s name: Hovik), Tigran Stepanyan (father’s name: Vachik)

Precinct #6: Arayik Aghbabyan (father’s name: Razmik)

Precinct #7: Khachik Manukyan (father’s name: Vaghinak)

Precinct #8: Hrant Madaptyan (father’s name: Robert)

Precinct #9: Vanik Asatryan (father’s name: Khachik)

Precinct #10: Davit Manukyan (father’s name: Andranik), Melik Manukyan (father’s name: Saribek)

Precinct #11: Vardevan Grigoryan (father’s name: Fabritsusk), Vardan Ghukasyan (father’s name: Kolya)

Precinct #12: Meruzhan Simonyan (father’s name: Hamlet)

Tatiana Mikayelyan is receiving a parliamentary mandate from the second part (national minorities) of the nationwide list.

The following will receive parliamentary mandates from the first part of the nationwide list of Tsarukyan Bloc:

Gagik Tsarukyan (father’s name: Kolya)

Ishkhan Zakaryan (father’s name: Serzhik)

Naira Zohrabyan (father’s name: Vahan)

Vardan Bostanjyan (father’s name: Babken)

Mikayel Melkumyan (father’s name: Sergey)

Ararat Zurabyan (father’s name: Anushavan)

Tigran Urikhanyan (father’s name: Khachatur)

Iveta Tonoyan (father’s name: Sasun)

Arthur Manukyan (father’s name: Abraham)

Luiza Sargsyan (father’s name: Ashot)

Vahe Enfiajyan (father’s name: Sargis)

Karine Poghosyan (father’s name: Hamlet)

Sergey Bagratyan (father’s name: Papash)

Marina Margaryan (father’s name: Mitush)

Shakeh Isayan (father’s name: Robert)

The following have received parliamentary mandates according to the list of precincts of “Yelq” (Way Out) Bloc:

Precinct #1: Mane Tandilyan (father’s name: Vanya)

Precinct #2: Gevorg Gorgisyan (father’s name: Samvel)

Precinct #3: Ararat Mirzoyan (father’s name: Samvel)

Precinct #4: Nikol Pashinyan (father’s name: Vova)

Edmon Manukyan (father’s name: Hrachik), Aram Sargsyan (father’s name: Zaven), Sasun Mikayelyan (father’s name: Mekhak), Artak Zeynalyan (father’s name: Haikaz) and Lena Nazaryan (father’s name: Rafael) will receive parliamentary mandates according to nationwide list of the Bloc.

The following have received parliamentary mandates according to the lists of precincts of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation-Dashnaktsutyun:

Precinct #6: Andranik Karapetyan (father’s name: Karapet)

Precinct #11: Romik Manukyan (father’s name: Shavarsh)

Precinct #13: Suren Manukyan (father’s name: Serzhik)

Armen Rustamyan (father’s name: Yeznak), Aghvan Vardanyan (father’s name: Arshavir), Armenuhi Kyureghyan (father’s name: Stepan) and Armen Babayan (father’s name: Carlos) have received parliamentary mandates from the first part of the nationwide list of the political party.

At the end of the session, Tigran Mukuchyan also announced the day of the first session of the newly elected National Assembly. The Central Electoral Commission, guided by the law on rules and regulations of the National Assembly, decides to declare May 18th as the first day of the newly elected National Assembly (elected based on the results of the elections for the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia on 2 April 2017). The session will start at 10:00.

Mr. Garo Paylan, Turkish Armenian MP Visits the Diocese

On May 2, 2017, Mr. Garo Paylan, an Armenian MP in the Parliament of the Republic of Turkey, paid a visit to the Diocesan Headquarters. Mr. Paylan was greeted by His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate, and the Parish Priests of the Montreal and Laval Armenian Apostolic Churches.

The Primate introduced to Mr. Paylan St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral of Montreal and invited him to meet with clergy and leaders of the Armenian Community organizations of Montreal.

Mr. Paylan’s visit to Canada has been organized by the Union of Armenian Churches and Associations of Quebec and the Union of Armenian Churches and Organizations of Toronto.

Suzanne Khardalian: “The words of appreciation that I hear in the Homeland are more precious for me”

On May 3, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received well-known Swedish-Armenian journalist and filmmaker Suzanne Khardalian.

The Minister greeted the Diaspora Armenian figure and attached importance to her pro-Armenian activities aimed at drawing the international community’s attention to the Armenian Cause and keeping Armenian issues in the center of the world’s attention by covering universal topics. “The topic of the Armenian Genocide has been and still is in the focus of history, psychology and the arts. It is our duty to transmit the historical memory to the next generations as long as the Armenian Cause remains unsolved and as long as the just demand of the Armenian people has not been fulfilled. Suzanne Khardalian has covered one of the most sensitive topics of the Genocide, that is, the sufferings, struggle and difficult paths of Armenian women. She has dedicated her entire life to the defense of the Armenian Cause, and she has done it with faith and conviction. The fighters for the Armenian Cause are the cream of the crop of our nation and deserve our gratitude, our appraisal and our love. I would cordially like to transmit that love and gratitude to Suzanne Khardalian and award her with the Gold Medal, which is the highest award of the Ministry of Diaspora,” the Minister particularly noted.

Suzanne Khardalian expressed gratitude for the kind words and high appreciation and added the following:  “The words of appreciation that I hear in the Homeland are more precious for me. Thank you. One thing I can promise you is that I will continue what I am doing. This is my essence. Men write history, and that is why women’s heroic deeds are not mentioned a lot. The topics related to women are sensitive, and men avoid reflecting on the topics related to the sufferings that Armenian women underwent during the years of the Genocide.”

Afterwards, the famous journalist and filmmaker answered questions from the attendees.

Suzanne Khardalian studied journalism at the universities in Beirut and Paris. She has directed over 30 films, including “I Hate Dogs”, “Young Freud in Gaza”, “Grandma’s Tattoos” and “Return to Ararat”.

“Grandma’s Tattoos”, one of Khardalian’s latest films, touches upon the Armenian Genocide, as well as women who survived the Genocide, felt shame and underwent sufferings. The film has been shown in several countries, as well as in the European Parliament and has become highly resonant among wide circles of society. There have been 300,000,000 viewers.

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Armenia’s Ambassador to Iran meets with Armenian community representatives

From April 30 to May 1, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Iran Artashes Tumanyan visited the Central State of Iran (capital-Arak) where he had meetings with Governor Mahmud Zamani Ghomi, Deputy Governor for Economic Affairs Zafar Afshun, Deputy Governor for Urban Development Affairs Aziz Fili, the leadership of the city of Arak, representatives of the State’s Chamber of Industry, Mines and Trade and businessmen, reported the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia to Hayern Aysor.

During the meeting with the Governor, the parties discussed several issues related to the development of Iranian-Armenian relations and paid special attention to economic and interregional cooperation.

Ambassador Tumanyan presented the opportunities for the implementation of investment projects in Armenia, particularly the areas of activity in the Free Economic Zone in Meghri, as well as issues related to Armenia’s participation within the scope of the cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

During the meeting with the Deputy Governors for Economic and Urban Development Affairs and the leadership of the city of Arak, Ambassador Tumanyan presented Armenia’s proposals for bilateral cooperation in the economic, tourism, cultural, scientific and educational sectors and decentralized cooperation.

Ambassador Tumanyan visited the Company of Industrial Towns in the Central State, and the president of the company’s board of directors Mustafa Amere presented the activities of the 2,500 industries joining the company and the advantages of the conditions for investments.

The Ambassador also had a meeting with representatives of farming companies and companies dealing with the reprocessing of agricultural products.

The Chamber of Industry, Mines and Trade of the Central State hosted the meeting of Armenia’s Ambassador to Iran with the State’s officials and nearly 100 businessmen. Ambassador Tumanyan provided the businessmen with detailed information about Armenia’s legislation, the economic projects that are under implementation and the proposed economic projects, the current trade regimes, the business climate, free economic zones, tourism, the relations between the Eurasian Economic Union and the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Black Sea-Persian Gulf corridor and several other issues.

In the Central State, the Ambassador also visited several enterprises and discussed the problems with implementation of joint programs with Armenia.

Ambassador Tumanyan also visited the market in Arak (the market is considered a historic and cultural site) and participated in the painting exhibition organized by the young artists.

In Arak, Artashes Tumanyan also visited the St. Mesrop Armenian Church and had a meeting with representatives of the local Armenian community.

Mass served in memory of canonized martyrs of Armenian Genocide at Italian church

On April 24, a mass dedicated to the memory of the canonized martyrs of the Armenian Genocide was served at the San Vincenzo Giovanni Church in the Sant’Ambrogio di Torino commune in Torino, Italy. Several Armenian families of Avigliana also participated in the commemoration mass.

As reported the author of the initiative, Torino-Armenian Khoren Boghigian to Hayern Aysor, the Church’s pastor, Fr. Romeo Zuppa had gladly accepted the proposal to serve the Mass. In his sermon at the one-hour ceremony, the clergyman explained to the Italian attendees the symbol of the Mass and voiced hope that sooner or later there would be a just resolution of the issue of the Armenian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire. The Italians were very touched and expressed their solidarity with the Armenians after the Mass.

Let us add that the Armenian families headed towards the cross-stone commemorating the victims of the Armenian Genocide with candles and laid flowers after the Mass.

POWER SPEAKING TRUTH: Members of Congress Commemorate Armenian Genocide; Condemn Turkey’s Denials

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators and Representatives participated in coast to coast community and coalitions forums, raised their voices on the floor of the U.S. Congress, and took to social media in commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, calling for an end to American complicity in Turkey’s obstruction of justice for this crime, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA).
“Thank you to all our Congressional allies who joined in Capitol Hill, community, and coalition remembrances this April 24th,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian.  “Their solidarity reaffirms our collective resolve to replace U.S. complicity in Turkey’s obstruction of justice with an authentically American, pro-active policy that challenges Turkey ‘s denials and leverages our global influence to bring about a just, comprehensive, and enduring international resolution of this still unpunished crime.”
Excerpts from statements are provided below from top Senate leaders including Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Democrat Jack Reed (D-RI), as well as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Dave Trott (R-MI) and David Valadao (R-CA), among many others.
Senator Schumer, Representative Pallone and Congressional Hellenic Caucus Co-Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) offered remarks at the annual Times Square Armenian Genocide observance, attended by thousands.  In California, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) offered remarks at a variety of commemorative events as did Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL), Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) and Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ) in their respective states.
In a moving speech on the House floor, Rep. Valadao invoked the immortal words of Armenian writer and educator Avedis Aharonian in describing the importance of vigilance in the face of genocide, stating, “If evil of this magnitude can be ignored, if our children forget, then we deserve oblivion and to earn the world’s scorn.”  Fellow Central Valley Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) referenced the Armenian Genocide memorial at his alma mater, Fresno State University, honored the memory of Armenian patriot Soghomon Tehlirian and vowed to “stand with Armenians all over the world to say ‘menk chenk morranum’ – We will not forget.”
On April 5th, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives members joined with Armenian American community leaders, genocide-prevention coalition partners, and diplomats representing Armenia and Artsakh in a standing-room-only Capitol Hill remembrance of the Armenian Genocide. Participating in the solemn observance were Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone, Jackie Speier, Dave Trott, and David Valadao, Vice-Chair Adam Schiff, and Representatives Salud Carbajal (D-CA), Judy Chu, Katherine Clark (D-MA), Jim Costa, Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Raja Krishnamoorthi, Brad Schneider, Brad Sherman (D-CA), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY).
Earlier, on March 22nd, the Capitol Hill premiere of the Armenian Genocide-era epic “The Promise” included the participation of Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Jackie Speier, David Trott, Frank Pallone, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Representatives Judy Chu, Marcy Kaptur (D-OH), and Paul Tonko (D-NY).
Excerpts of Senate and House floor statements and press statements commemorating the Armenian Genocide are provided below.
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Excerpts of Senate and House Floor Statements and Press Statements Commemorating the Armenian Genocide – April, 2017
 
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY):  “I’m a steadfast supporter and co-sponsor of our great friend Bob Menendez’s bill, the Armenian Genocide Resolution. I was urged by group after group including some high ups in the State Department, don’t do it. It’ll offend the Turks. I don’t care if it offends the Turks, the truth is the truth.”
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI): “The survivors of the Armenian genocide, however, persevered due to their unbreakable spirit and steadfast resolve and went on to greatly contribute to the lands in which they found new homes and communities, including the United States. This genocide has been denied for far too long. That is why I have joined with several of my colleagues on resolutions over the years to encourage the U.S. to officially recognize the Armenian genocide.”
 
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA): “Too often, the truth of these horrific events has been denied, yet the historical record is clear.  We must not dishonor the memory of those murdered, or the pain of families who survived, by refusing to call the calculated, widespread extermination of the Armenians what it was.”
 
Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA): “Today we remember 1.5 million Armenians exterminated by Ottomans during #ArmenianGenocide. We must fight all efforts to deny this truth.”
Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ): “We are determined. We just introduced another resolution from the Caucus members. We are determined that at some point, and hopefully soon, we will see a genocide recognition by the U.S. Congress and we will not stop until that happens.”
 
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA): “Nearly one hundred years after the Armenian Genocide, Congress has shamefully failed to pass a resolution that would officially recognize the attempt by Ottoman leaders to extinguish the Armenian people. Today, President Trump failed to recognize the Armenian Genocide, adding further insult to long-standing injury and injustice. Without direct condemnation of the horrific acts executed against an entire ethnicity, Congress and this Administration continue to implicitly ignore crimes against humanity and that is unacceptable.”
 
Rep. David Trott (R-MI): “#ArmenianGenocideRemembranceDay is a solemn reminder of the 1.5 million Armenians murdered by the Ottoman Turks in the early 1900s – a genocide that many still deny. It is time for us to stand with the over 17,000 Armenian-Americans in Michigan and the Armenian people around the world in recognizing this dark period of history. The world has not and will not forget.”
 
Rep. David Valadao (R-CA): “From 1915 to 1923, the Ottoman Empire engaged in a systematic and organized deportation and extermination of over 2 million Armenians from their homeland. It is estimated that nearly 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children were killed and many more permanently displaced or forced to flee.”
 
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA):  “President Trump becomes now one of a long line of a succession of Presidents unwilling to confront Turkey, and I think we are not living up to our moral responsibility.”
Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA): “I’m proud to have consistently cosponsored the Armenian Genocide Resolution in every Congress I’ve served in to have formal recognition by the government of the United States, and I will not rest until we are successful. Let us take the time today to remember the 1.5 million people who were taken from us—parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins.”
Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA): “102 years ago the Armenian Genocide, which claimed 1.5 million Armenian lives, began. Today we take time to remember those lives lost to senseless hatred and violence. We must not gloss over or deny this historical truth.”
 
Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI): “History is clear. And the United States must be clear as well. It is shameful that our government has now failed to acknowledge the Armenian Genocide for more than a century. Over the years, Armenia has been an important ally for the United States. I am proud to count many Armenian Americans among my constituents. We owe it to the Armenian people and all people of Armenian heritage to finally and officially recognize the reality of this genocide.”
 
Rep. John Lewis (D-GA): “This year is the 102nd Anniversary of the Armenian genocide.  Today, people all over the world will stop and remember the 1.5 million Armenian people killed between 1915 and 1923.  I applaud your dedication to preserving the memory of those who lost their lives.  As you assemble here in Atlanta to commemorate this day, I ask that you remember our purpose. “
 
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL): “Today, on the 102nd anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide, we recognize the murder of 1.5 million Armenian men women, and children in the years that followed under the direction of the Ottoman Empire. … To deny the Armenian Genocide is to deny the humanity of its victims and the demands of our own.”
Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY): “On this day, we pause with heavy hearts to remember the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide, which resulted in the death of over 1.5 million men, women, and children. The loss of life is unacceptable as is any diminishment of those who died and the pain that persists still today. History is the greatest resource of knowledge in our acknowledgement of our achievements and failings as a global community and should serve as our compass and guide for our actions.”
Rep. Katherine Clark (D-MA): “We must recognize these atrocities of the past as history and never deny them. We honor the 1.5 million Armenian men, women, and children killed in the Armenian Genocide.”
 
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN): “The Armenian Genocide was a historic crime against Ottoman Armenians that resulted in suffering and death of such a profound magnitude that it continues to be felt today.  Today, as we mark the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the entire world should stand with Armenians everywhere in commemorating the Armenian Genocide, acknowledging the horror of its cruelty, and the recognizing the generations of pain it has caused. It is time for truth.”
 
Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA): “Yesterday, I joined the Armenian community in Montebello to commemorate the 1.5 million lives lost in the Armenian Genocide. This genocide was one of the darkest periods in world history. We will never allow the lives of those lost be forgotten. Their legacy lives on in all of us.”
Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA): “Today is both Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. With the rediscovery of an official 1915 Ottoman telegram asking for an update on the murder of Armenians, denial is no longer an option. It’s time our government stand on the right side of history and recognize this genocide as historical fact. We remember these two modern genocides not only to honor the victims but to ensure these atrocities never happen to anyone ever again.”
 
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA): “The Armenian Genocide was a crime against humanity that must be recognized in order to prevent atrocities like it from ever happening again. Join me today, on the 102nd anniversary, to honor the memory of the victims and the struggle to ensure that genocide is forever eliminated.”
Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA): “Today marks 102 years since the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. This horrific period saw more than 1.5 million Armenians murdered. Today, I stand with the Armenian people and call for justice and recognition of the lives lost.”
 
Rep. Salud Carbajal (D-CA): “Unfortunately, the president continued to extend U.S. complicity in Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide by failing to properly characterize the near annihilation of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire as a genocide… As crimes of genocide continue to plague this world, Turkey’s policy of denying the Armenian Genocide gives license to those who perpetrate genocide everywhere.”
 
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY):  “I joined the chorus of the voices in the world that grows louder with each passing year. This was a calculated elimination of entire people and we can’t let this tragedy to remain. There was nothing natural about that about the disaster that befell the Armenian people and I stand with you today to join you in confronting a stubborn resistance towards atrocities from Turkey.”
 
Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA): “I am very disappointed and saddened that another year has passed without the President of the United States or the Congress recognizing the events of 1915 as genocide. We cannot move forward free of genocide without recognizing the first genocide of the 20th century. So I ask my colleagues to please join me in recognizing the lives of 1.5 million victims and their families. It is always said that now is not the right time because of our relationship with Turkey as they become, like this country, less democratic as a result of recent elections. I reject that view. If we do not recognize the genocide now, then when?”
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Armenia represented at Geneva Book and Press Fair

From April 26 to 30, Armenia participated in the annual Geneva Book and Press Fair, reported the press service of the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Hayern Aysor.

The Armenian pavilion showcased dozens of Armenian-language and foreign-language books devoted to the history of the Armenian people, the Armenian Genocide, Nagorno-Karabakh, Armenia’s geography, culture and arts and published in Armenia and abroad over the past couple of years.

Alongside the exhibit of books, the five-day book and press fair featured many lectures, discussions and book presentations, including discussions on the Armenian Genocide, the understanding of the role of Armenia’s independence in the Diaspora and the role of women in public life in Armenia and the Diaspora and other topics, as well as a showing of samples of Armenian national costumes.

In her speech at the event organized at the Armenian pavilion, Envoy of the Republic of Armenia in Switzerland Hasmik Tolmajyan highly appreciated the fact that the Armenian pavilion had been honorably presented at the Geneva Book and Press Fair for the past three decades, providing thousands of visitors with the opportunity to get acquainted with the history, culture and arts of the Armenian people, as well as several issues concerning Armenia and Diaspora Armenians.

The envoy expressed her gratitude to the Topalian Foundation, its director Ani Mesropyan and the organizing committee for their efforts aimed at helping Armenia be honorably and substantially represented at the Geneva Book and Press Fair.

The Armenian pavilion and the discussions attracted the attention of not only interested public and political circles, but also several visitors.

Spain’s Cullera recognizes the Armenian Genocide

During a session, the city council of the Spanish city of Cullera unanimously recognized the Armenian Genocide, condemning the crime against humanity and urging the other authorities and particularly the central government of Spain and Turkey to follow their example.

As reported Ararat Armenian Association of Valencia to Hayern Aysor, in his speech, Mayor Jordi Mayor particularly stated that things needed to be called by their names and what happened to the Armenian people in the early 20th century had only one name-genocide.

The speaker of the Podemos Party especially gave a good speech in which he stated that Turkey must not only recognize the genocide, but also make reparations for the damages and particularly return the historic lands of the Armenians.

Among the attendees were representatives of the local Armenian community, on behalf of whom President of Ararat Armenian Association Ararat Ghukasyan expressed gratitude to the city council, stating that Cullera became the 27th city of Spain to recognize the Armenian Genocide and that this was a historic day for not only the Armenians of Spain, but also the city.

The petition had been submitted to the city council by representative of Ararat Armenian Association in Cullera Hermine Abrahamyan.

Event dedicated to the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide held in Nijmegen

The Unified Armenians in Holland Union of Nijmegen also joined the events dedicated to the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian Genocide with concerts, lectures, demonstrations, film screenings, etc.

As reported Hayern Aysor, on April 30, the Unified Armenians in Holland Union organized a concert in commemoration of the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Throughout the past 102 years, millions of people and dozens of countries have recognized the Armenian Genocide, but the Armenian people continue to demand acknowledgement and recognition of the Armenian Genocide from other countries and particularly Turkey.

By canonizing the 1.5 million victims, we Armenians will continue to stand up for our rights and demand restitution for the physical, cultural and material genocide committed against the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire.

Every April 24th, the Unified Armenians in Holland Union, which is an educational and cultural union, not only participates in the events organized by other organizations, but also, during its events, places emphasis on the genocide that the Turks perpetrated against the cultural and material values of the Armenian people.

In the beginning of the Union’s event, students of Van Armenian School bowed and laid white lilies near the layout of the Armenian Genocide Memorial, after which Patriarchal Delegate of Western Europe, Vicar of Holland, Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Aren Shahinian and Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to the Netherlands Dzyunik Aghajanyan gave their speeches, members of the Union recited poems and sang songs, and the audience listened to the poems of Davtyan, Shiraz, Emin, Sevak and other Armenian authors. The attendees also watched a documentary film and performances of dances devoted to the Armenian Genocide by Ani Armenian Dance Group of Amsterdam.

The event was held with the participation of members of the Union representing the Kurdish and Assyrian communities in Nijmegen, Dutchmen and representatives of different nations.

At the end, the participants were treated to the traditional Afghan harisa in memory of the 1.5 million victims.

Special thanks to advisor of the Unified Armenians in Holland Union Gaiane Abrahamyan

Azerbaijan fired over 640 shots at night

The adversary violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between the Karabakh and Azerbaijani opposing forces about 45 times, from late Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning.

During this time the Azerbaijani armed forces fired more than 640 shots toward the position-holders of the Republic of Artsakh Defense Army, and with different-caliber shooting weapons, the defense army informed.

But the Artsakh defense army vanguard units mostly refrained from taking actions in response, and they continued confidently carrying out their military watch.

In addition, Artsrun Hovhannisyan, spokesperson of the minister of defense of Armenia, informed that the Azerbaijani side fired fewer shots from shooting weapons toward Tavush Province of Armenia at night.

“We had no losses of any kind,” he added.

Ara Abrahamyan to help revitalize investments in Armenia

President of the Union of Armenians of Russia Ara Abrahamyan is calling on Armenians to further revitalize the cooperation between Armenia and the Diaspora.

President of the Union of Armenians of Russia told journalists that he was content with the incumbent government of Armenia and would do everything he could to help the Prime Minister.

He also added that the Armenians of Armenia and the Diaspora needed to stand united as one and support each other since only the Armenians can build the country.

“Every Armenian needs to join the call for investments in Armenia. Many Armenians can come with whatever they have and make proposals,” Abrahamyan noted, reported Armenpress.

According to him, there are Armenians based in 67 countries, and if we Armenians manage to “import” culture, science and sports from those communities, Armenia will become a superpower. In his turn, Abrahamyan also promised to make sure more Armenians make investments in Armenia.

On February 27, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Karen Karapetyan had made a call to Diaspora Armenians, urging them to participate in building the future of the homeland.