John Malkovich visited Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial

Hollywood legend, actor, director, screenwriter and producer John Malkovich visited Armenian Genocide Museum accompanied by Sergey Smbatyan, the principal conductor and director of the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia.

Lusine Abrahamyan, the Deputy Director of AGMI presented in details the history of Armenian Genocide to the famous guest. After the tour John Malkovich left a note in the Memory Book of Honorable Guests.

AGMI Acting Director Suren Manukyan presented the Hollywood actor Hayk Demoyan’s book “The Coverage of the Armenian Genocide on the Front Pages of the World Press”, and another one authored by Hayk Demoyan and Lusine Abrahamyan “Aurora’s Road. Odyssey of Armenian Genocide Survivor”. After that AGMI Acting Director Suren Manukyan accompanied the actor to the Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.

Moscow respected one of the founders of nuclear sector in USSR Richard Soghomonyan

“Citizens of Moscow paid their respects to the memory of one of the founders of the nuclear sector in the USSR Richard Soghomonyan, who has made great contributions to the creation of the uranium enrichment industry.

Members of the unified youth council of the fuel company of Rosatom State Corporation laid flowers near the tomb of Soghomonyan,” the company’s press release reads, writes Rusarminfo.

Richard Soghomonyan made great contributions to the planning, construction and exploitation of uranium enrichment factories, which operate to this day.

Richard Soghomonyan was born on October 9, 1907. In 1947, he was hired by the First General Department adjunct to the Council of Ministers of the USSR, which was in charge of coordinating the engineering developments in all directions of the Soviet nuclear plan. Between 1949 and 1953, he served as Head of the Industry and Technologies Division of the above-mentioned Department, and from 1956 to 1974, he was the Head of the General Technologies Department of the Ministry of Medium Machine Building of the USSR. Soghomonyan died on November 6, 1981.

 

 

14 volumes of series of books “Series of Registers Devoted to Western Armenia and Cilicia” presented

On October 10, at the initiative of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and with the support of the Ministry of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia, the Institute of History at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (NAS) hosted the presentation of 14 volumes of the series of books entitled “Series of Registers Devoted to Western Armenia and Cilicia”, including the books “History of the Armenians of Adana”, “History of Taron”, “History of the Armenians of Aintab: I”, “History of the Armenians of Aintab: II”, “General History of Hatchn”, “Heroic Urfa and the Sons of the Armenians of Urfa”, “History of Kurin”, “Kessab: Topography, Settlements, Population, History and Economy”, “Marash or Germanic and Heroic Zeytun”, “History of Armenian Kesaria: I”, “History of Armenian Kesaria: Topographical, Historical and Ethnographic Study: II”, “History of the Armenians of Arabkir: I”, “History of the Armenian Arabkir” and “Memoir of Rumtikin”.

Among the participants of the event were RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, Head of the Divan of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia Khatchig Dedeian, Director of the Institute of History of the NAS RA Ashot Melkonyan, editor of the series of books Jirayr Danielian, as well as scholars, intellectuals and guests.

In her opening remarks, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan expressed her admiration of the large-scale effort and stated the following: “Registers and various studies devoted to the cities and regions of Western Armenia and Cilicia have been republished at the initiative of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and through the pro-national efforts of Catholicos Aram I and are now available for wide public and academic circles. The Committee, which had been set up for this purpose, has done a tremendous job of polishing these volumes perpetuating the history and collective memory of our nation ahead of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, drawing up the lists of toponyms and names of people, as well as making supplements and publishing the books. The sections, maps, drawings and photos of each volume have been preserved with care. The Patriarchal Writ of Blessing of Catholicos Aram I of the Great House of Cilicia devoted to the release of the first volume best expresses the goals and importance of such an initiative.” Minister Hranush Hakobyan expressed special gratitude to those who made their financial contributions to help make the publication of these books possible.

Congratulating everyone on the release of this series of books, Director of the Institute of History of the NAS RA Ashot Melkonyan stated that this presentation is a special event and one of a kind. “Today we are presenting weighty academic books. When I was at the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in 2012, I saw how everyone was working hard to publish these books, which shed light on the history of Western Armenia and Cilicia before, during and after the Armenian Genocide. Each volume features the geography, history, folklore, ethnography and lifestyles of this or that province of Cilicia and Western Armenia, meaning it is a history in its entirety,” Ashot Melkonyan stated.

Acting Director of the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran) of Yerevan Vahan Ter-Ghevondyan emphasized that the registers are not merely memoirs and are more like encyclopedias in terms of size, the abundance of materials and information about various topics. “A tremendous amount of materials has been saved from oblivion and perdition. These books are not merely republications. The editors have done a tremendous job of making specifications, correcting grammatical mistakes and attaching to each volume the lists of toponyms and names of people that make the books become of special academic value.”

In his speech, author of the volume “Kessab: Topography, Settlements, Population, History, Economy” , historian Hagop Cholakian voiced hope that the publication of the volumes would be ongoing.

On behalf of the Faculty of History at Yerevan State University, Dean Edik Minasyan expressed gratitude to the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and editor of the series of books Jirayr Danielian for releasing such historiographical books.

In his speech, Head of the Divan of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia Khatchig Dedeian stated the following: “I must express my gratitude to the National Academy of Sciences and the Ministry of Diaspora, namely Minister Hranush Hakobyan, who always gives us strength with her encouragement. I am certain that the close and practical relations between the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia and the Ministry of Diaspora will continue and will be more fruitful. We must continue with the same spirit and try to publish the pages of our history as well.”

Afterwards, Dedeian gave the floor to the editor of the series of books “Series of Registers Devoted to Western Armenia and Cilicia” Jirayr Danielian, who conveyed the blessing of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. “The Supreme Patriarch served as the driving force for this effort. When we were just starting to publish these books, our goal was to have 60 volumes. Currently, the 15th volume has been sent for publication. There is a lack of workers, but I am certain that the future generations will continue our task. I would like to inform everyone that 50 copies of the series of books will soon be sent to Armenia and will be distributed to the Mesrop Mashtots Institute of Ancient Manuscripts (Matenadaran), academic centers, historians and philologists.”

 

Stella Kyriakides elected PACE President

Delegates of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe have elected Stella Kyriakides President of the Assembly.

Cyprus’s delegate garnered the majority of the votes in the third stage of the October 10 vote.

The other candidate was Lithuanian delegate Emanuelis Zingeris.

Let us remind that former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Pedro Agramunt resigned last week.

Armenian PM visits St. Sargis Armenian Church in Tehran

In conclusion of his official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan visited the St. Sargis Armenian Church in Tehran. The Head of Government was welcomed by Primate of the Tehran Diocese, His Eminence T. Sepuh S. Arch. Sargsyan and the representatives of the Armenian community. The meeting stressed the importance of the Prime Minister’s visit to Iran, expressing confidence that it would promote the further development and strengthening of Armenian-Iranian ties, reported the press service of the Government of the Republic of Armenia to Hayern Aysor.

As he summed up the results of the visit, Karen Karapetyan noted that he had had constructive and productive talks with the Iranian authorities, which could give fresh impetus to bilateral economic cooperation and help increase trade turnover. The Prime Minister noted that they had discussed energy, agriculture, tourism, free economic zones, as well as regional cooperation issues.

“We had an open dialogue and effective negotiations. We are confident that there is great potential for the development of bilateral economic cooperation. Iran is importing many goods from different countries, which are produced in Armenia. We can add momentum to our mutually beneficial relations through the free economic zone to be set up in Meghri,” the Prime Minister said.

Touching upon the ties with the Armenian community, Karen Karapetyan said to be highly appreciative of the ongoing cooperation and, first of all, Iranian Armenians’ involvement in various spheres by means of management culture, experience exchange and investment programs.

Primate of the Tehran Diocese, His Eminence T. Sepuh S. Arch. Sargsyan wished the Armenian government effective and successful initiatives.

President Serzh Sargsyan to pay working visit to Russian Federation

On October 11, President Serzh Sargsyan will pay a working visit to the Russian Federation to take part in the sessions of the CIS Council of Heads of State and the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council in Sochi.

Participants of Conference of Diaspora Armenian Writers Composing in Armenian and Foreign Languages visit Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

On October 10, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians received the participants of the Conference of Diaspora Armenian Writers Composing in Armenian and Foreign Languages at the Karekin I Center for Education of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. The participants were led by President of the Union of Writers of Armenia Edward Militonyan, reported the Information System of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to Hayern Aysor.

President of the Union of Writers of Armenia introduced His Holiness to the participants of the conference and the framework of the materials to be considered during the conference. Militonyan also touched upon the existing cooperation between the Union and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin through which the annual Kantegh Awards will be held at the scribes’ home in Oshakan after the conference, which will end in a couple of days.

Afterwards, the Catholicos of All Armenians expressed his appreciation to the attending Diaspora Armenian writers and expressed joy for the conference of Armenian writers that is hosted in Armenia on a regular basis. His Holiness said such initiatives are helpful and make the mission of Armenian writers more fruitful for the nation. Catholicos Karekin II also said it is important to promote dissemination of the works of Diaspora Armenian writers in Armenia so that the people in Armenia also become aware of the valuable literary heritage created by Armenian writers composing in Armenian and foreign languages.

During the meeting, the Catholicos of All Armenians expressed concern about the decline of national and moral values of Armenians and said it is important for Armenian writers and intellectuals to accomplish their respective missions in order to fix the situation. His Holiness stressed the fact that the works of Armenian writers need to help young Armenians have the spirit of patriotism, have national awareness and form their image. In this effort, the Patriarch noted that the partnership between the Armenian Church and the clergy is favorable.

His Holiness conveyed his patriarchal blessings to the participants of the conference, expressed willingness to support Armenian writers composing in Armenian and foreign languages and to take advantage of the opportunities of the Mother See to organize such pro-national events.

The Supreme Patriarch wished that the Armenian writers continue to serve the Armenian people with their literature.

His Holiness also answered the writers’ questions related to the teaching and preservation of the Armenian language abroad, the preparation of clergymen and the current hardships in Armenia.

Among the attendees were Head of the Department of Foreign Relations and Protocol of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Grace, Fr. Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisyan and Superintendent of the Gevorgyan Spiritual Lyceum, Rev. Fr. Archimandrite Garegin Hambardzumyan.

Shahan Kandaharian: “The conference dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia in Antelias will engage all Armenians”

With the purpose of celebrating the 100th anniversary of the First Republic of Armenia with pan-Armenian resonance, in April 2018, the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia is planning on holding a conference devoted to the First Republic of Armenia that will gather scholars and state and public figures from the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh and other countries around the world. For that purpose, the Catholicosate has set up a committee chaired by His Holiness Aram I, Supreme Patriarch and composed of the following members: renowned Diaspora Armenian intellectual, historian Yervand Pamboukian; Director of the Institute of History at the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor Ashot Melkonyan; Editor-in-Chief of Lebanon’s Aztag Armenian Daily Shahan Kandaharian; Representative of the Office for the Armenian Cause and Political Affairs of the ARF-D Bureau Kiro Manoyan; representative of ARF-D South America, Professor of International Relations and Politics at the San Andres University of Buenos Aires Khatchik Derghougassian and Head of the Divan of Antelias Khatchig Dedeian.

“The Committee will hold its first session in November. During the session to be chaired by His Holiness Aram I, the participants will specify the general directions, topics and speakers,” Editor-in-Chief of Lebanon’s Aztag Armenian Daily, Committee member Shahan Kandaharian said in an interview with Hayern Aysor and added that it is very important for the conference to engage all Armenians around the world because figures of the First Republic of Armenia (Nigol Aghbalian, Levon Shant, Simon Vratsian and Karo Sasouni) settled in Lebanon after the end of Independence and continued their community service there.

During the interview, Shahan Kandaharian also stressed the fact that the conference in Antelias will become a part of the general atmosphere for celebrating the 100thanniversary of the First Republic of Armenia in a pan-Armenian format also because Lebanon, and in this case Antelias, are of pan-Diasporan significance.

“The symbol of May 28th and the ideology of shaping an independent republic served as the axis for the formation of generations and educational and disciplinary activities.

The conference will feature the presentation of historic and political materials, current issues, speeches devoted to the restoration and strengthening of statehood, as well as the overall picture of the longstanding efforts for development of the process of formation of a political mindset in the Diaspora based on the ideology that was shaped in May,” Shahan Kandaharian concluded.

Representatives of “So Armenia May Hear” program hosted at RA Ministry of Diaspora

On October 10, RA Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan received Armenian American figures, benefactor and consultant of the “So the World May Hear” international charity program of Starkey Hearing Technologies, Mr. and Mrs. Armen and Haikuhi Kavukchyan, Head of the Mission in Armenia, Trevor Turner, facilitator Liana Sahakyan and Armenian American benefactor, and the program’s supporter, Nora Yacoubian.

The Minister cordially greeted the guests and praised the efforts of the Los Angeles-based Kavukchyan family for implementation of the program in Armenia. The Minister attached importance to their initiative to support the homeland and provide a complex solution to such a primary healthcare issue and the cooperation with the “Arabkir” United Children’s Charity Foundation. “I am glad that our compatriots are able to become integrated, grow and invest their contacts, potential, experience and knowledge in the development of our Homeland. “

“Dear Armen and Haikuhi, your family serves as a brilliant example. I know that this large-scale and heartfelt program was made possible first and foremost thanks to your desire, effort and dedication. I also know that your four sons will be visiting Armenia to participate in the launch of the program, and I am certain that they will continue what you have started and will walk the same path that you have to support our Homeland.  I would like to express my deep gratitude to your family and the company’s founding directors, Bill Austin, his wife,Tani, and this wonderful young man, Trevor Turner, who has loved our country so much that he already speaks Armenian and, wanted to come and personally manage the “So Armenia May Hear” program. Armenia hears, praises and loves humanitarian benefactors like Bill Austin and Tani, fans of Armenia and like Trevor, considers them the sons and daughters of our nation. For the Armenians, friendship is of highest value. We accept piety with pleasure and gratitude and with the willingness to repay. I would like you to convey my words of special gratitude even to the American benefactors who do not yet know where Armenia is and who donated $125,000 to the “So Armenia May Hear program,” the Minister added.

Expressing gratitude for the cordial reception, Haikuhi Kavukchyan stated that she had a different feeling when she set foot on the native land this time and that the idea of helping solve the hearing problems of so many compatriots made her and her husband feel at ease and get exceptionally emotional.

Armen Kavukchyan also attached importance to the community’s support organized at the initiative of Primate of the U.S. Western Diocese of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. He stated that in 2015, at the initiative of the Kavukchyan family, the famous Starkey Hearing Technologies, in partnership with “Arabkir” United Children’s Charity Foundation, laid the foundation in Armenia for a charity program aimed at providing needy people with hearing devices. The Foundation has already carried out the phase one. It has found people who qualify, checked their hearing, measured the models of the devices and more. Currently, the team is implementing the second major phase. From October 15 to 17, U.S. and UK experts will install hearing devices at the Sport and Concert Complex in Yerevan. Founding president of Starkey Hearing Technologies Bill Austin and Tani will arrive in Yerevan today in their personal plane to participate in the program. The will provide the gift of hearing to over 1,900 people.

Coordinator of the mission in Armenia, Liana Sahakyan, stated that Starkey Hearing Technologies and Starkey Hearing Foundation have carried out their missions in 106 countries, and the missions are ongoing in 52 of those countries. Armenia will become the 107th country. If the “So Armenia May Hear” program becomes a success, it will also be stable and ongoing.The program was launched in Yerevan, as well as in the Shirak, Lori and Tavush Provinces.  

The vision is to soon work with Artsakh.  Haikuhi, Armen Kavukchyan and Nora Yacoubian already met with Artsakh representative, Dr. Ara Yeremian from the Hadrut region to introduce, the “gift” that Starkey Foundation offers its recipients and to discuss the logistics of the phases needed to help soldiers and children in the regions of Artsakh.

President hosts Hollywood actor, scriptwriter and producer John Malcovic

President Serzh Sargsyan received today famous Hollywood actor, scriptwriter and producer John Malcovic, who is in Armenia to attend the opening ceremony of the 5th Aram Khachaturian International Festival, reported the press service of the President of the Republic of Armenia to Hayern Aysor.

Welcoming the guest, the President noted that it is a great pleasure to host a talented artist in a country where the art power is highly valued, and its people have been able to create a great cultural heritage and contribute to the development of human civilization for centuries.

“I know that Armenian audiences will have the opportunity to enjoy your art, a unique manifestation of your talent, where music and literature are closely intertwined. I am confident that your participation in the opening ceremony of the 5th Aram Khachaturian International Festival will remain in the memory of the Armenian audience forever,” the President of Armenia said and expressed the hope that during his short visit to Armenia, John Malcovic will have an opportunity to better understand our country, its rich historical-cultural heritage and the hospitable Armenian people, who have always had deep respect for talented people.

Thankful for the reception, John Malcovic thanked the President for his kind remarks, hospitality as well as for the support and attention paid by the President to the development of culture in Armenia, including the State Youth Orchestra of Armenia with whom he has arrived in Armenia in the frame of a cooperation program.

The famous artist said to be impatient to present a concert jointly with artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra Sergey Smbatyan and expressed the hope that it would be welcome in our country.

6th Conference of Diaspora Armenian Writers Composing in Armenian and Foreign Languages kicks off

On October 9, the Writers’ Home in Tsaghkadzor hosted the inauguration of the 6th Conference of Diaspora Armenian Writers Composing in Armenian and Foreign Languages under the title “Modern Armenian Writers and Literature Facing the Challenges of the 21st Century”.

The conference has gathered 46 writers from Artsakh and 14 other countries, including Iran, Georgia, Syria, the USA, Turkey, Russia, Abkhazia, Romania, Germany, Switzerland, Israel, the UK, France and Lebanon).

Deputy Minister of Diaspora of the Republic of Armenia Serzh Srapionyan conveyed Minister Hranush Hakobyan’s welcoming remarks to the participants of the conference, which particularly reads as follows:

“Dear compatriots,

I express my greetings to you all and congratulate you on the inauguration of the Sixth Conference of Diaspora Armenian Writers Composing in Armenian and Foreign Languages.

Under the influence of foreign cultures and civilizations, a large part of the Armenian people lives with the daily problem of maintaining and not losing the “ego” of the nation.

The Armenian family, language, culture and religion have an irreplaceable role in this regard, but it is individuals who are the defenders of family, language, culture and religion and the guarantor of their existence.

In this sense, Armenian writers deserve appraisal. In all times, they have had a great impact on public and political life and have been and still are the pioneers who paved the way for preservation of the Armenian identity. Armenian writers in general, and in the past century, Diaspora Armenian writers have accomplished their mission for preservation of the Armenian identity with their high level of awareness, dedication and exceptional responsibility.

The current generation of Armenian writers is continuing the nice traditions of its predecessors, including Mushegh Ishkhan, Andranik Tsarukyan, Nikoghayos Sarafyan and other greats.”

RA Deputy Minister of Culture Nerses Ter-Vardanyan conveyed the blessing of Catholicos of All Armenians Karekin II to the participants of the conference.

In his welcoming remarks, President of the Union of Writers of Armenia Edward Militonyan briefly talked about the problems that Armenian writers have had and still have in Armenia and abroad.

Director of the M. Abeghyan Literature Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia V. Devrikyan, as well as members of the Union of Writers of Armenia, literary critics and writers gave their speeches at the conference.

The event also featured the showing of books by Diaspora Armenian writers, after which the writers visited Kecharis Monastery.

The sessions will continue in Tsaghkadzor and Yerevan. There will also be visit to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex.

The conference will end on October 12.

Claims for Armenian Genocide restitution, Artsakh, Armenia-EU relations part of agenda of 4th European Armenian Convention

The 4th European Armenian Convention is set to kick off on 18 October in Belgium. Among the participants will be Catholicos Aram I of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan and others. Armenpress sat down for an interview with Communication and Public Relations Representative of the Armenian National Committee of Europe Harut Shirinyan to discuss the details of the Convention, the visit of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs to Armenia and the developments in the region.

Armenpress: The 4th European Armenian Convention will be held on October 18 and 19. How are the preparations going?

Harut Shirinyan: Preparations are underway. We have already received confirmations from the guests who will be delivering their welcoming remarks. Among the participants will be Catholicos Aram I of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia, Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandyan, Minister of Diaspora Hranush Hakobyan, high-ranking state officials of the Republic of Artsakh and experts. We also expect to see many Members of the European Parliament at the Convention. I must say that there is already a lot of people representing Armenian unions, societies and associations in Europe and individuals.

Armenpress: What are the items on the agenda? How will this Convention be different from the previous ones?

Harut Shirinyan: The Convention will address four major topics. The first two topics are devoted to the struggle for recognition of the Armenian Genocide and claims for restitution in Europe, the process of moving the struggle to the legal field, the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination, as well as the lobbying of Turkey and Azerbaijan in Europe and the measures for counterinfluencing them. The third topic is the bilateral relations between Armenia and the European Union. It will be touched upon in the context of the Eastern Partnership Summit to be held in November. The fourth topic is the issue of preservation of the Armenian identity within the Armenian communities across Europe.

Armenpress: What will the Armenian National Committee of Europe emphasize as it continues its efforts for the solution to the Artsakh issue?

Harut Shirinyan: The Artsakh issue is still one of the key priorities of the Armenian National Committee of Europe, and this, in the political sense, entails maintenance of the right of the people of Artsakh to self-determination in the agenda of the OSCE Minsk Group and in the vocabulary of representatives of various institutions of the European Union because, according to international law, this principle has the same force and compulsion as the principle of territorial integrity does. The second issue related to the Artsakh issue is counterinfluence against geopolitical and economic isolation, which is imposed by Azerbaijan on the people of Artsakh. In this context, we will continue to strengthen our diplomatic ties with European MPs by creating opportunities for them to visit Artsakh or by working with parliamentary friendship groups. The consequence of isolation is that the quality of life of the people of Artsakh and economic development are restricted. The Armenian National Committee of Europe raised this issue during the recent OSCE conference devoted to human rights in Warsaw. During that conference, we had meetings with dozens of delegations and showed the film “The Seized”, which is devoted to the Artsakh war.

Armenpress: The Co-Chairs are trying to take steps to revitalize the process of negotiations. What are the expectations? Is it likely to see progress, taking into consideration Azerbaijan’s destructive position?

Harut Shirinyan: In this stage, the most important thing is the implementation of the priorities stated during the meetings held in Vienna and Saint Petersburg. If Azerbaijan continues to violate the ceasefire regime, we can already imagine how difficult the negotiations will be. The situation on the border has to be calm in order to form a positive atmosphere for negotiations. This will be possible in the case of introducing investigative mechanisms on the line of contact. This has to be the direct priority of the Co-Chairs. If Azerbaijan continues to disagree, the Armenian party needs to seriously consider the issue of deploying a mechanism on its part.

Armenpress: Recently, investigative journalists of several foreign presses released information regarding the corruption scandal in Azerbaijan. How did European figures react to this?

Harut Shirinyan: There was a great reaction and it can be greater because the people engaged in this scandal are slowly being revealed. The European Parliament has already strictly condemned the scandal and demanded setting up an examination committee. The European Parliament adopted a special resolution, and this is very good. We believe such initiatives should be undertaken by the parliaments of all countries that suspect the participation of the politicians of the particular country in this scandal. There has to be a relevant sanction against those who received the petrol dollars of Azerbaijan and participated in Azerbaijan’s propaganda and expressed anti-Armenian positions. This is the guarantee of preserving European values.

Armenpress: I would like to ask you to present the position of the Armenian National Committee of Europe on Catalonia’s independence.

Harut Shirinyan: First, I would like to address the use of force during the reference. This is dishonorable for Spain. The violent acts that we witnessed are against European and democratic values and human rights. Every nation and people has the right to express its will freely. This right must be maintained and respected, not taken by violence.

Anna Gziryan

Excavations carried out in premises of St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Turkey

Excavations have been carried out in the premises of the St. Mary’s Armenian Church in the Gumushane Province of Turkey. According to the Turkish Milliyet’s website, the interior of the church, which is located next to the Suleymaniye Mosque, used to be filled with soil 2-3 meters deep.

The excavators discovered columns, bas-reliefs and Armenian inscriptions pertaining to the church. According to Turkish architect Yusuf Burak Dolu, in addition to all this, he and the excavators also found elements that characterize mosques and have never been used in Armenian churches.

“There are two interesting details, one of which is the sign of three half-moons and a Sultan seal found on the summit of one of the columns. It is a picture that traces back to the times of the Armenians and was most probably made with paint in the late 19th century and early 20th century. The other is also mukurnas (hive-shaped, mystical sculpture characterizing Islamic architecture-ed.) painted in blue and placed on the summit of a column. Mukurnas is generally used on the lower edges of the summits or domes of columns in mosques. However, it was used in this church,” reports ermenihaber.am, Dolu stated.

The Turkish architect added that the St. Mary’s Church has never been turned into a mosque, unlike the other churches of the region.

“Before 1915, there used to be 1,500 Armenians out of the nearly 15,000 residents of old Gumushane. This is the only Armenian church in Suleymaniye,” Dolu added.

He also stated that the Vank monastic complex, which is located 3 km away from the St. Mary’s Church, used to be a place for pilgrimages for the Armenians of the entire region stretching from Eastern Anatolia to the Black Sea.

AMAA Helps Care the Families of Martyred Soldiers

On April 1, 2016, Azerbaijan unleashed a heinous assault on the Artsakh-Azerbaijan border using a vast array of military destructive machinery. As always, our brave soldiers and volunteers, fiercely defended the front fending the enemy away, proving once again that the Armenian spirit is difficult to overcome and as a nation we are ready to protect our homeland, homes and children, women and the elderly. However, the price paid was quite high with more than 90 martyrs.

The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) highly commanded the heroism of our soldiers and in collaboration with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Armenia embarked in the partial and in some cases the total renovation of the homes of the families of 19 martyred soldiers in the regions of Aragatsotn, Syunik, Gegharkunik, Tavush and Lori as well as in Yerevan. Roofs, doors, windows and toilets were replaced, tiling work was carried out, heating systems were installed and construction materials were provided for auxiliary structures, such as barns and hen-houses.

By caring for the families of the martyred soldiers, the AMAA revers the devotion and honors the sacrifice for a Homeland we have all dreamt about.

“Our outreach to the families of the Artsakh martyrs is the core of our Christian ministry and national duty” said Zaven Khanjian, Executive Director/CEO of AMAA. “The nation is ever indebted to those who sacrifice their lives to secure the freedom and independence of the Homeland.”

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