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Dutch NL-TV Channel 3 to Broadcast Program on Armenian Genocide

Dutch NL-TV Channel 3 will broadcast a program on the Armenian Genocide. The program will feature photos and eyewitness accounts of survivors of the Genocide in 1915,as well as other documents, reported Armenian Abovyan Cultural Center in Hague. In addition, on February 14, an event will be held at Amsterdam’s De Rod Hoed Hotel on the Armenian Genocide. The event will feature T. Zvaan, interviews with heirs of Genocide survivors, Turkish and Armenian scholars, reported the Yerkir. Circle.Am

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Government Sets Up Committee To Coordinate Pan-Armenian Events

The Armenian government set up a special committee last Wednesday to organize and coordinate events for the entire Armenian nation. Prime minister Andranik Margarian was named Chairman of the Committee, whose members include high ranking officials from various government ministries. During its first meeting, the committee approved a list of ten projects and discussed organizational matters for each. The committee will also prepare preliminary budget proposals and timetables for each event. Events planned include a cultural festival, One Nation-One Culture, to take place in June, an international movie festival in July called the Golden Apricot, and special seminars for Armenian teachers from the Diaspora. The committee also approved the Armenian Economic Forum and the third Armenia-Diaspora Assembly in September.

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Armenian Football Players To Leave For Baku

The matches between Armenia and Azerbaijan will take place in Yerevan and Baku. Today in Brussels the schedule of the preliminary phase of the  «EURO-2008» was decided. The Armenian National Football Team will  start the matches with the National Team of Belgium on September 6, 2006, in Yerevan. The two matches with the Azeri national teams will take place in September 2007. The representative on UEFA who participates in the discussion of the schedule mentioned once more that the sides must play in their own countries and the option of a neutral field is excluded. This year Armenia will have 4 official matches the first two of which will be in Armenia. On the whole, the schedule can be considered favorable for us.

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Azerbaijani Soldiers Destroy Armenian Kchachqars in Nakhichevan

The Armenian Embassy in Iran received an information from the Armenian eparchy of Atrpatakan that about 100 Azerbaijani soldiers burst into Old Julfa cemetery, which is on the bank of the Araks river, and began destroying and smashing into dust Khachqars (cross-stones) with hammers, spades and heavy equipment. These are Khachqars, which were saved in 2002 from being vandalised by the Azerbaijanis, Armenian Embassy in the IRI reports. This incident is another step taken by Azerbaijan in order to distort the history, which aims at erasing the Armenian trace in Nakhichevan. In this connection the leaders of three Armenian eparchies of Iran, on behalf of the Armenian nation expressed their indignation and resentment. They appealed to the international community, international organisations, particularly, the UNESCO, for the latter to take steps, according to its mandate and capacity, in order to prevent another cultural genocide by Azerbaijan. Besides, the Armenian Embassy in…

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British House of Lords to Present Its Stand on Destruction of Armenian Khachkars

On January 11 the House of Lords of Great Britain intends to present its written response over destruction of Armenian khachkars (cross-stones) in Nakhichevan. The response will be sent to Baroness Cox, who has introduced the issue before the upper Chamber of the British Parliament. As reported earlier, the matter of destruction of Armenian khachkars (literally cross stone) in Old Julfa (Nakhichevan) was introduced before the House of Lords as “n issue demanding a written response” December 20, 2005. Baroness Cox and John Marx have initiated consideration of the issue in question. Baroness Cox specifically urged the British Government to consider the opportunity to express concern over destruction of ancient Armenian churches and other artifacts in Azerbaijan via its UNESCO representative, reported IA Regnum.

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Canadian Scholars Signed Petition on Issue of Destruction of Armenian Monuments in Nakhichevan

About 2,500 archeologists, historians and academicians took part in the convention of the American Archeological Institute’s 107th annual convention held in Montreal on January 5-7. The conference was a good cause for representatives of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s (ARF) Canada Youth Union and Armen Garo Student Union to present the issue of barbaric destruction of Old Julfa Armenian cemetery and khachkars (headstones) in Nakhichevan by the Azeris. Dr. Clair Lyons, who was presiding over that section of the convention, urged the participants to sign a protest petition addressed to the Canadian Foreign Ministry, reported the Yerkir newspaper.