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Genocide Photos Returned to Ellis Island Exhibit

* National Park Service reverses earlier decision to eliminate photographs–captions–and text documenting the Genocide. WATERTOWN–Mass.–National Park Service officials at Ellis Island agreed today to return photographs and text documenting the Armenian Genocide to an exhibit at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum–ending a three week controversy surrounding the Park Service’s decision to censor these items from

Prelate Leaves to Greet Aram I in New York

LOS ANGELES–Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Western Prelate of the Armenian Apostolic Church–in response to an invitation from Eastern US and Canada Prelate Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian left Tuesday for New York to join the entourage of His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–on his first Pontifical visit to the Eastern US and Canada. Aram I

Arzoumanian Meets With Counterparts at UN

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia’s Foreign Minister Alexander Arzoumanian met with his Iranian counterpart–Dr. Kamar Kharazi in New York–where both are attending the 52nd General Assembly of the United Nations. The two discussed activities of the joint Armenian-Iranian economic committee–as well as issues related to Levon Ter-Petrosyan’s expected visit to that country. Kharazi also voiced the Iranian

UNESCO’s Ottoman Celebration Protested

YEREVAN (Hayots Ashkhar)–UNESCO’s plans to mark the 700th anniversary of the establishment of the Ottoman Empire in 1999 continues to provoke heated protest from the Armenian nation–particularly in Armenia–where youth and student organizations have begun to categorically oppose UNESCO’s proposed project. The concept of celebrating the 700th anniversary of the Ottoman Empire was proposed by

WCC Proposes Programs in Armenia

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–A round table core group meeting of the World Council of Churches dedicated to Armenia took place last week in Etchmiadzin. WCC Unit IV Europe Secretary Alexander Belopopsky spoke to Noyan Tapan about the round table and specifically what it meant for Armenia. According to Belopopsky–WCC–which was founded in 1948–intends as its major

Cyprus Security Talks Begin in Nicosia

NICOSIA (Reuter)–Leaders of the Greek and Turkish communities in Cyprus met on Friday to discuss problems arising from the military division of the island. The meeting between President Glafcos Clerides–the Greek Cypriot leader–and Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash–was the first since UN-sponsored talks aimed at starting stalled negotiations on reuniting the eastern Mediterranean island ended

ARS Acknowledged By Education Ministry

While in Armenia on a working trip in May–Armenian Relief Society Central Executive chairperson Vanouhi Isadjanian and secretary Arpi Charkhoudian–accompanied with Armenian Relief Cross chairperson Alvart Bedrossian–were invited to meet Ardashes Bedrossian–Minister of Science and Education. During the meeting Ardashes Bedrossian described in detail the unfavorable conditions existing within the Armenian educational system today. Neither

Michigan Governor Issues Proclamation on Independence

DEARBORN–Governor John Engler joined the Michigan Armenian community in honoring the people of Armenia and their struggle to regain independence by issuing an executive declaration marking the sixth anniversary of Armenian independence–reported the Armenian National Committee of Michigan. "The Michigan Armenian community values Governor Engler’s friendship and welcomes his leadership in commemorating the sixth anniversary

Defendants End Hunger Strike

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–The defendants in the "Trial of 31" ended their hunger strike at Noubarashen prison Friday. According to defendant Manvel Yeghiazarian’s attorney Gayaneh Andonian–the defendants chose to end the hunger strike at their own will in order to avoid any delays due to their own health reasons. According to Andonian–members of Armenia’s prosecutor general’s

Senators from Michigan Mark Armenian Independence

WASHINGTON–In speeches on the floor of the US Senate–Michigan Senators Spence Abraham and Carl Levin joined the Armenian-American community in recognizing the sixth anniversary of the re-establishment of independence in Armenia–reported the Armenian National Committee of America. "Armenia’s in Michigan and around the nation thank Senators Levin and Abraham for their steadfast support for the

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