Consultation held at RA Ministry of Diaspora

On May 16, Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Hranush Hakobyan chaired a consultation at the RA Ministry of Diaspora. Among the participants were Deputy Ministers Serzh Srapionyan and Vahagn Melikyan, as well as the heads of departments and divisions.

The Minister presented the results of her visit to the State of Qatar as part of the delegation led by the President of the Republic of Armenia and her meeting with the local Armenian community.

The heads of departments and divisions delivered reports on the applications for participation in the Ministry’s programs and projects, the past events and future actions.

The Minister attached importance to the preparations for the Ministry’s programs and projects, as well as the proper organizing and wide coverage of the events and meetings to be held as part of the upcoming “Following the Traces of Vardanants” weeklong events.

Other organizational and work-related issues were discussed.

RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan receives Armenian and foreign businessmen

On May 17, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received Armenian and foreign businessmen from Belgium, the Congo and Vietnam who are in Armenia to participate in the Business to Business (B2B) event to be held in Yerevan.

Among the participants of the meeting were President of the Armenian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce Valery Safaryan and Vice-President Felix Paityan; Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Armenia to Vietnam Raisa Vardanyan; Belgium’s trade representative in the Congo Jerom Ru; CEO of Salmex Albert Karaziva; CEO of SCS Jean Robert Isifoi; commercial manager and representative of the Armenian community of the Congo Garo Nanigian; CEO of Zenufa Group Visha Visani; Director and co-owner of Puratos Grand-Place Group Grisha Safaryan, as well as diplomats from Vietnam and other guests.

Minister Hranush Hakobyan cordially greeted the guests, attached importance to such business contacts and noted the following:  “Armenia is the major platform where you can make investments and start new businesses. Armenia is a land of opportunities. Take advantage of those opportunities. Armenia has a favorable political, legal and economic climate for starting successful businesses. Armenia has a favorable position in the world from the perspective of Doing Business. Our government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan, is actively working on revitalizing foreign investments in Armenia.

I am aware that you are interested in several sectors. The website of the Ministry features the necessary laws and nearly 100 developed programs that you can examine and make your choice. Although Armenia has a small market, it serves as a wide bridge, the three vectors of which lead to the Eurasian Economic Union and Iran and Georgia, and from there-to Europe. Armenia has wonderful and literate professionals. I am certain that you will succeed, if you decide to make investments in Armenia.”

The Minister touched upon the Armenian Diaspora formed as a consequence of the Armenian Genocide and noted that all Armenians become integrated, become the exemplary citizens of their respective countries of residence, successful individuals and brilliant specialists and highly contribute to the development of civilizations.

Albert Karaziva expressed gratitude for the cordial reception and noted that his Salmex Company prints biometric passports in over 40 countries and wants to work in Armenia as well.

CEO of SCS Jean Robert Isifoi informed that his goal was to start a business that would deal with the trade of Armenian products in the Congo and wanted to meet with Armenian manufacturers and exporters and discuss issues on importing alcoholic beverages, dried fruits, textile products and information technologies in the Congo.

CEO of Zenufa Group Visha Visani said he was interested in the mining industry.

Belgian-Armenian businessman, Director and co-owner of Puratos Grand-Place Group Grisha Safaryan recently opened a chocolate factory in Vietnam and is certain that Armenian flavors will also be mixed with Belgian chocolates and become unmatched.

Other issues related to investments in Armenia were discussed.

Istanbul-Armenian historian archiving history of Armenian feminism

Istanbul-Armenian historian and scientific worker of the University of Massachusetts Lerna Ekmekcioglu is archiving the history of Armenian feminism and books and works devoted to Armenian feminism on her personal website.

Gazetekarinca news website reports that the history being archived covers the years between 1860 and 1960.

The archive will feature the entire history of the movement launched in Istanbul and the struggle that began in the 1860s and ended with the shutdown of the “Young Armenian Woman” magazine publishing in Beirut in the 1960s.

In 2016, the University of Stanford published Ekmekcioglu’s first monograph entitled “The Restoration of Armenia: The Limitations on Belonging after the Genocide in Turkey”. Currently, Lerna is developing a textbook devoted to Armenian feminists in the Ottoman Empire and in the world after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.


Bako Sahakyan visited the Talish village of the Martakert region

On 16 May Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan visited the Talish village of the Martakert region, Central Information Department of the Office of the Artsakh Republic President stated.

The President got acquainted with the activities being carried out in the village and gave corresponding instructions to the heads of appropriate structures for proper implementation of the activities.

University of Geneva hosts “Aristotle in Armenia” conference

From May 12 to 13, the University of Geneva hosted an international conference entitled “Aristotle in Armenia”. The conference gathered scientific workers from the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran), as well as the universities and research centers of various countries, including Greece, France, Germany, Italy, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. The conference was devoted to Armenians’ early medieval studies and interpretations of Aristotle’s works, reported the press service of the RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs to Hayern Aysor.

In her opening speech at the conference, Envoy of the Republic of Armenia in Switzerland Hasmik Tolmajyan expressed gratitude to the University of Geneva and especially to Head of the Chair of Armenian Studies Valentina Calzolari for helping organize the conference and for her longstanding efforts aimed at disseminating and enhancing Armenian history, culture, language and civilization.

Hasmik Tolmajyan emphasized that the early studies on Aristotle’s works attest the wide dissemination of Greek philosophical thought and Hellenic culture in the antique era in Armenia, the close relations between Greeks and Armenians, as well as the depth and high level of development of Armenian scientific thought in Armenia in that era.

At the end of the conference, the participants were introduced to the first three volumes of the English version of Davit Anhaght’s five-volume interpretations of Aristotle’s works.

Supreme Spiritual Council issues statement

On May 16, the Supreme Spiritual Council, convened under the high direction of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, touching upon the subsequent provocation recorded on the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border on May 15, issued a statement at the Prelacy of the Armenian Diocese of Russia and New Nakhichevan in Moscow.

The statement particularly reads as follows: “Being informed about the provocative actions that the Azerbaijani armed forces took on the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border on May 15, we express our concern and strictly condemn what happened.

Azerbaijan’s policy on a military solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the ongoing escalation of the situation and the human losses caused by the escalation are putting the actions for a peaceful settlement of the conflict at a great risk and are leading the process of negotiations launched through the efforts of the international community to failure.

Staying true to the peacekeeping mission, the Armenian Apostolic Church must continue to make every effort for the peaceful settlement of the conflict and for the safety and security of our sons living in Artsakh.”

Preservation of the Western Armenian language through the eyes of a Syrian-Armenian having settled in Armenia (video)

The Armenian community of Syria is one of the oldest and most traditional Armenian communities in the Middle East where Armenians have been living since ancient times. The Syrian-Armenian community was highly replenished with the migrants having escaped the Armenian Genocide of 1915. In spite of the hardships they faced in the beginning, they managed to adapt to the new country. Over time, they began to be self-organized as a community that aspired to do everything possible to preserve the national identity.

The Syrian war that broke out in 2012 changed the lives of the Syrian-Armenians. They gradually began to migrate to different countries, and most of them preferred to take shelter in Armenia, their Mother Homeland. Although the environment in Armenia was familiar, the Syrian-Armenians had a problem with integration and faced other hardships.

For many Syrian-Armenians, the main problem is the difference between Eastern Armenian and Western Armenian, and this became a reason for Lucy Vana Garabedian, who moved to Armenia four years ago, to look at the problem from her perspective through a short video. “I am a member of the Armenian community of Syria and currently live in Armenia. I also underwent all the trials and tribulations that Syrian-Armenians living in Armenia face today. Since I am a future journalist, I have tried to observe this problem from different angles through a video called “Kroonk” (Crane),” Lucy Vana Garabedian said in an interview with Hayern Aysor. Garabedian noted that she had called the video “Crane” because the crane has become the symbol of patriotism and the longing for the homeland for the Armenian nation.

“Loving the nation and being patriotic is not enough. Armenians also have to love the Armenian language. They need to love, worship and coddle the familiar language of their mothers. Only this kind of a love will show the luxuriance, delicacy and sweetness of our language,” Lucy Vana Garabedian said and added: “I would like to listen to spoken Western Armenian in Armenia and on radio and television stations in Armenia.”

Photo by Sahak Muradyan

Newly established Mesrop Mashtots Armenian Sunday School of Balashikha participated in “Immortal Regiment” citywide march

On May 9, the teachers and students of the newly established Mesrop Mashtots Armenian Sunday School (adjunct to the Armenian community in the city of Balashikha near Moscow) participated in the “Immortal Regiment” citywide march during which they held the portraits of Armenian generals and marshals who fought and won during the Great Patriotic War.

As reported the School’s director Susanna Hovhannisyan to Hayern Aysor, the students of the Mesrop Mashtots Armenian Sunday School of Balashikha felt very proud as they held the portraits of aviation marshal Armenak Khanperyants (Sergey Khudyakov); army general and later Marshal Hovhannes Baghramyan; Admiral Hovhannes Isakov; Colonel General (medical service) Levon Orbeli; Major General of tank forces Hamazasp Babajanyan; Major General of engineering and technological services Hamo Yolyan; explorer Gevorg Vardanyan, as well as Hunan Avetisyan and many other glorious sons of the Armenian nation. This especially provided the young Armenians of Balashikha with the opportunity to feel proud and provided them with an Armenian upbringing.

Gurgen Dabaghyan impressed with concert for Istanbul-Armenian community

On May 10, after a five-year interval, Armenian folk singer Gurgen Dabaghyan and his band gave a concert for the Armenian community of Istanbul.

In an interview with Hayern Aysor, Gurgen Dabaghyan said the concert was held in a very warm atmosphere and was part of the celebrations dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the establishment of the Vardanants Armenian Choir of Istanbul. The organization was at a high level, and Dabaghyan couldn’t find the words to share his impressions. The breath and spirit of Armenia and the Armenians were everywhere in the packed hall. People were singing along and giving warm rounds of applause.

“The Armenian community of Istanbul is one of the communities of unified and patriotic Armenians, and the Armenians of Istanbul stand out with their interest in Armenian culture. It should be noted that the community and the Armenian Church make efforts to make sure the young Armenians of Istanbul preserve their national identity and never become detached from their roots. They put in all their efforts to make sure the young people are provided with an Armenian education and upbringing,” Gurgen Dabaghyan concluded.

Russia’s top obstetrician-gynecologist Leyla Adamyan receives ACOG Award

Russia’s top obstetrician-gynecologist, academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences Leyla Adamyan has received the prestigious award of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOR).

Hayern Aysor, citing, reports that Leyla Adamyan received the prestigious award for her contributions to women’s healthcare.

“The award ceremony was held during the annual Clinical and Scientific Conference held in San Diego in early May,” reported ACOG’s website.

The Russian scholar of Armenian descent is one of the few women in the world who has received the prestigious award since the establishment of the American organization.

Leyla Adamyan is a Merited Scientific Figure of the Russian Federation and an academician of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. She has been awarded with the Order for Services provided to the Homeland and the award of the Government of the Russian Federation for her merit in the fields of science and technology. She is also a member of several Russian and international professional organizations.

Davit Babayan: “International community needs to respond to Baku instead of organizing all-European events in Baku”

There is nothing strange about the activism that Azerbaijan showed in terms of the attack.

The adversary usually commits criminal acts, and it took the same steps this time as well. This is what Spokesman of the President of the Artsakh Republic Davit Babayan said.

“Fortunately, we have no wounded or deceased servicemen, and we also didn’t lose major military equipment. Azerbaijan’s operation is a manifestation of aggression against not only Artsakh, but also the whole civilized world. Azerbaijan’s aggression is against the international community (i.e. the closure of the office of the OSCE in Yerevan). The international community needs to take relevant actions instead of organizing all-European events in Baku. By tasting Azerbaijani caviar, the representatives of several international organizations have lost their immunity, and this is the reason for this situation,” Davit Babayan said, reported Armenpress.

Davit Babayan links the adversary’s activism to Azerbaijan’s serious economic problems. The country is in a financial crisis that causes a blow to many people’s interests and is creating a grave social situation in the country. What should be done? Of course, the clan doesn’t want to lose the billions of dollars that it has robbed on a daily basis. Therefore, in order to distract the population’s attention from social issues, it must definitely commit terrorist acts. In addition, Azerbaijan’s close cooperation with Turkey is a factor. According to Davit Babayan, Turkey is also calling on Azerbaijan to take such steps.

Davit Babayan emphasized that the Armenian party is doing everything it can to suppress the aggressor. Such terrorist acts can’t change the military and political balance in the region, and the Defense Army of Artsakh continues to take the initiative in terms of strategy.

On May 15 and on the night of May 15, the adversary committed about 55 ceasefire violations with rifles of various calibers at the line of contact of the forces of Artsakh and Azerbaijan, firing more than 1,200 shots at Armenian border guards. In addition to rifles, the Azerbaijani troops also used a 60 mm mortar (3 projectiles) and a hand-held anti-tank grenade launcher (9 projectiles). In the eastern direction of the Defense Army, the adversary used a SPIKE guided missile, partially damaging a military device. The Defense Army didn’t suffer any casualties during the provocation of the Azerbaijani armed forces.

Azerbaijan’s military-political leadership to bear responsibility for consequences, Armenian Defense Ministry condemns adversary’s provocative actions

The Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia strictly condemns the provocative actions of the Azerbaijani armed forces, and the military and political leadership of Azerbaijan will bear full responsibility for the consequences of the provocative actions, the press release of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia reads, reported Hayern Aysor.

The Ministry of Defense reminds that on May 15 at around 16:30, the adversary made another provocation in the eastern direction of the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border, firing at a military object of the Defense Army with a guided missile and partially damaging one military device. The Defense Army didn’t suffer any casualties from the Azerbaijani troops’ provocation.

A good idea turns into reality: Armenian children’s song contest held in the Netherlands

Hayern Aysor: I initially had an inner conviction that I had to take all the paths and use all the methods for preservation of the Armenian identity abroad and had to do anything that would help me achieve that goal. The idea that was born a year ago was constantly reminding me that it was time to take action, and I did. After considering the issue with the members of our Unified Armenians in Holland (UAH) Union, we issued a statement on Facebook stating that Holland (perhaps also Europe) would be holding the first Armenian Children’s Song Contest for children between the ages of 4 and 14. The goal was to foster in Armenian children the love for Armenian children’s songs and recognize Armenian composers, musicians and children’s writers.

After a short while, we registered the first applicants. Unfortunately, there were only nine applicants, but we were going to listen to 18 Armenian children’s songs. That was already enough to be excited and get busy. The participants had to sing two Armenian songs and one foreign-language song. It was going to be a concert. Nine children would spend the whole day together, along with their families, their supporting team and representatives…I was already envisioning that day and felt excited.

While the members of our Union were busy organizing the event, I formed a jury of four members from Holland and one from Armenia. The member from Armenia was artistic director of the Planet of Children Aesthetic Center in Yerevan, teacher Zara Saribekyan (she followed the event via Skype).

On May 14, we enjoyed the fruits of our efforts. The children from The Hague, Arnhem and Almelo became friends with each other and the participants from Nijmegen. While their escorting adults were trying to get to know each other and become familiar with the new environment, the children were engaged in cordial conversations. There was something that I noticed during the event that words can’t describe. I noticed how the participants were escorting and accepting each performer, encouraging one another and wishing each other success. This was the most important for me, and it was more important than the contest.

We all loved each other, listened to 21 songs performed by 9 children and had a good time. Nobody noticed how quickly the three hours went by. All the children received beautiful commemorative medals for their participation, as well as the grand prize, the first, second and third prizes. Later, the participants made recommendations to make the contest ongoing and hold it in other formats. I became convinced that we had achieved our goal and that the contest was a success. It was actually broadcast live by editor of the Diary of the Netherlands newspaper Ashot Knyazyan. Thank you, Mr. Knyazyan!

The attached photos go to show that the event was beautiful and a great success.

Sveta Abrahamyan

Source: Hayern Aysor

Armenian music festival held in Abkhazia

The Alahadzih village of the Gagra region in Abkhazia recently hosted the 22nd Armenian Music Festival, which was called “We are Unified” and was dedicated to Victory Day and to the 25th anniversary of the liberation of Shushi. As reported the organizers to Hayern Aysor, the festival began with an introduction by leader of the Armenian community of Gagra, the festival’s founder Khachik Minasyan, followed by a welcoming speech by President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba. “I cordially congratulate all those who came to participate in this festival,” he said. After a brief introduction, he declared the opening of the festival.

The ensembles and individual performers entertained the thousands of attendees with their performances.

Let us add that the festival was first held in 1996 and turned into a tradition.