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Posted 21 September 2015 - 09:28 AM


14:10, 21.09.2015
Region:World News, Armenia
Theme: Politics

On the Independence Day anniversary of Armenia, President Serzh
Sargsyan received a congratulatory message from Queen Elizabeth II
of the United Kingdom and the other Commonwealth realms.

Queen Elizabeth, in her message, stated that it is a great pleasure for
her to congratulate President Sargsyan on the National Day of Armenia.

She also extended her best wishes to the people of Armenia wishing
them happiness and a prosperous future.

The Republic of Armenia on Monday marks the 24th anniversary of its
independence. A referendum on Armenia's secession from theUSSR and
the establishment of an independent state was conducted on September
21, 1991. As a result, 94.99 percent of the country's citizens voted
"for" independence.


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 09:28 AM


13:54, 21.09.2015

On the 24th anniversary of Armenia's independence, President Serzh
Sargsyan received a message of congratulations from his French
colleague, Francois Hollande.

"I am delighted that I was in [Armenia's capital city of] Yerevan on
April 24, together with the Armenian people, on the occasion of the
[Armenian] Genocide Centennial commemoration.

"This emotional ceremony showed Armenia's will to craft the best
future, [but] without forgetting the historical tragedies.

"France will continue its friendship, solidarity and support to
Armenia. In particular, as the [OSCE] Minsk Group Co-Chair, France
isdetermined to continue its mediation efforts toward settlement of
the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," specifically reads the congratulatory
message by the French president.

The Republic of Armenia on Monday marks the 24th anniversary of its
independence. A referendum on Armenia's secession from the USSR and
the establishment of an independent state was conducted on September
21, 1991. As a result, 94.99 percent of the country's citizens voted
"for" independence.


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Posted 21 September 2015 - 09:29 AM


14:27, 21.09.2015

YEREVAN. - President of the United States Barack Obama sent a
congratulatory message to President Serzh Sargsyan on Independence Day,

"Dear Mr. President,

On behalf of the American people, I extend warm congratulations as
you celebrate your Independence Day this September 21.

The bonds between the United States and Armenia are strong and
lasting. The resilience, hospitality, and creativity of the Armenian
people have won you admirers the world over, among them the United

Armenia is an important partner with which we share a dynamic and
expanding agenda. We are grateful for Armenia's contributions to
peacekeeping operations, including in Lebanon and Kosovo. We also
welcome this year's establishment of the U.S.-Armenia Council on
Trade and Investment, which will further strengthen the economic ties
between our two countries.

As you celebrate 24 years of independence, I wish you and the people
of Armenia the best on this Independence Day and a successful year
to come," reads the U.S. president's congratulatory message published
by Armenian president's press office.


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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:25 AM


16:43, 21 Sep 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

President Joachim Gauck of the Federal Republic of Germany has also
sent a congratulatory message to President Serzh Sargsyan. The message
reads as follows:

"Mr. President,

On September 21, the Republic of Armenia celebrates the 24th
anniversary of its independence. I am sending you and the Armenian
people my own and my countrymen's heartfelt best wishes on the occasion
of this special day.

In 2015, a significant year of commemoration for your country, Germany
continues to stand beside Armenia as a partner. Since the restoration
of Armenia's independence, the close and trustful relationship between
our two countries has experienced rapid and comprehensive development
which is vividly illustrated by close bilateral contacts in the areas
of culture and science.

In foreign policy affairs Germany supports Armenia's readiness to
continue its political and economic affinity for the European Union
within the frame of the Eastern Partnership. By that your country
shows that it is possible to simultaneously intensify relations with
the European Union, as well as with the Russian Federation and with
its the Eurasian partners. My heart wishes for the urgent and peaceful
resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, as well as for mutual
understanding between Armenia and Turkey. In both cases Germany will
continue its efforts to support dialogue.

I wish well-being and health to you, and a bright future filled with
peace, freedom and prosperity to the Armenian people."


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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:30 AM


18:20, 21 Sep 2015
Siranush Ghazanchyan

Horizon Weeky - Canadan Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the
following statement to mark the Republic of Armenia's Independence Day:

"I am pleased to extend my best wishes to the Armenian community in
Canada and around the world celebrating the 24th anniversary of the
Republic of Armenia's independence.

"In a referendum held on September 21, 1991, Armenians voted in
favour of full independence from the Soviet Union. Canada was among
the first Western nations to recognize Armenia as an independent state.

"Since that time, Canada and Armenia have enjoyed strong bilateral
relations and strong people-to-people ties, supported by Canada's
Armenian community, which has contributed significantly to the
economic, cultural and social fabric of our great nation.

"In recognition of this, we were proud to announce last week that
a re-elected Conservative government will establish a new Trade and
Consular office in Armenia.

"Moreover, this past April, the Honourable Chris Alexander travelled to
Yerevan, Armenia to participate in events commemorating the Armenian
Genocide Centennial on behalf of our Conservative government, which
coincided with our government's initiative to designate April as
'Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.'

"Once again, I wish all Armenian citizens and people around the world
of Armenian heritage a happy Independence Day."



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Posted 22 September 2015 - 09:55 AM

Reflections on the 24th Anniversary
Of Armenia's Independence
By Harut Sassounian
Publisher, The California Courier

On the occasion of the 24th anniversary of Armenia's independence, I
had the honor of delivering the keynote address at the celebration
organized by the Armenian Consulate in Glendale, California. Here are
excerpts from my remarks reflecting on some of the accomplishments
since independence, and the challenges that still lie ahead.
The most remarkable achievement in the early years of the Armenian
Republic was the liberation and establishment of the Republic of
Artsakh (Nagorno Karabagh). As a result, a whole generation of
Armenians under age 20, born and raised in independent Artsakh, has
not spent a single day under Azerbaijan's oppressive regime -- and God
willing -- never will! Artsakh's independence is an irreversible
reality. Artsakh will never again be a part of Azerbaijan!
However, our challenges in Artsakh are not yet over. While it is true
that we sacrificed much to win the war, we must now win the peace!
This is not the time to let our guard down. Armenia's border towns
come regularly under attack from Azeri bombardment.
Armenians must take a series of important steps to ensure that
Artsakh's independence is secured. Artsakh must not only survive, but
thrive! To accomplish this imperative necessity, we must first bolster
Artsakh's defenses. The best way to avoid war is to have a good
For Azerbaijanis, recovering Nagorno Karabagh is a hollow luxury; but
for Armenians, Artsakh is an existential necessity!
Besides reinforcing Artsakh's defenses, Armenians need to replenish
its population. We must create new facts on the ground so that the
Azeri regime is convinced that Armenians, rather than abandoning
Artsakh, are relocating there in larger numbers, thus making the
return of that territory practically impossible.
Another key objective is putting Artsakh's independence on firm legal
grounds and gaining international recognition! The Armenian-American
community has successfully countered the massively financed Azeri
lobby in Washington and all 50 states.
Lastly, we must create better living conditions in Artsakh, by
providing housing and jobs, so Armenians currently there, and those
planning to relocate, can enjoy safe and comfortable lives.
However, none of these burdens should be borne alone by the people of
Artsakh, but by the collective will of all Armenians and their
supporters throughout the world.
To ensure Artsakh's survival, we need a strong Armenia, which is also
a necessity for the preservation of Armenian communities worldwide.
Now, almost a quarter century after independence, we must do
everything in our power to ensure that the homeland is secure and
Regardless of our ideological, political and religious differences, we
must ALL unite under the banner of the Yerakouyn -- the Tricolor. It
matters not whether we agree or disagree with any particular
leader. Government officials come and go, but the Armenian people and
the homeland are everlasting!
However, we must keep in mind that the relationship between citizens
and their government is a two-way street. Government officials are
duty bound to create a social environment that is fair, conducive to a
prosperous life, free of discrimination and intimidation. Citizens
must have the chance and the choice, through democratic processes, to
elect their preferred representatives without any interference from
the authorities.
The political opposition, on the other hand, has the responsibility to
hold the government accountable for its actions through constructive
criticism and peaceful means, without risking the country's stability
and security.
Unfortunately, there is still widespread poverty and unemployment in
Armenia. Immediate solutions must be found to feed the hungry, help
the needy, and heal the sick, which will stem the tide of emigration
-- an existential threat to the homeland!
Despite the hardships that many Armenians continue to suffer from --
some man-made, and others due to circumstances beyond government
control, such as blockades by Turkey and Azerbaijan -- we must
acknowledge that there has been, over the past 24 years, a gradual
progress in the living conditions of Armenia's population.
Another successful accomplishment was the worldwide commemoration of
the Armenian Genocide Centennial earlier this year. Thanks to the
persistent efforts of the Diaspora in the last 100 years, and the
Armenian government's international diplomatic contacts in the past
quarter century, the recognition phase of the Genocide is pretty much
accomplished. We must now seek justice through restitution. The
Turkish government must return everything that was confiscated during
the Genocide and pay compensation for whatever cannot be returned.
The challenge ahead is creating a more efficient mechanism for
coordinating the efforts of all 10 million Armenians from Armenia to
Artsakh, and throughout the Diaspora.
One such approach would be to rename and transform the existing
Centennial Committees in various countries as well as the Central
Centennial Committee headquartered in Yerevan into permanent bodies
responsible for:
1) Managing all pan-Armenian issues and crises affecting Armenian
communities such as Syria;
2) boosting Artsakh's security, economy, and autonomy;
3) halting and reversing emigration from Armenia; and
4) seeking restitution from Turkey for all human and material losses
suffered by Armenians during the Genocide.

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Posted 22 September 2015 - 01:28 PM

A Day to Remember! Every day, every year!

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:06 AM


00:36, 22.09.2015

MP of the National Assembly of France Valerie Boyer congratulated
Armenia on Independence Day.

"Today, on 21 September 2015, Armenia marks the 24th anniversary of
its independence which was reached through universal voting - around
94% of votes in favor.

I congratulate all Armenians on the joyful holiday of idependence!"

Boyer wrote on her Facebook page.


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:11 AM


15:58, 22 September, 2015

YEREVAN, SEPTEMBER 22, ARMENPRESS. On September 21, an official
reception dedicated to the 24th anniversary of Armenia's independence
took place in the banquet hall of "Melia" hotel complex located in
the capital city of Vietnam, Hanoi. As "Armenpress" was informed
from the Department of Press, Information and Public Relations of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, high ranking legislative and executive
officials of Vietnam, a number of accredited ambassadors and heads of
international organizations, diplomats, members of "Armenia-Vietnam"
Friendship Group, representatives of economic, social-political, and
cultural circles, and journalists. Assistant of the Vietnam Foreign
Minister was the honored guest of the reception.

The Ambassador of Armenia to Vietnam, Raisa Vardanyan, gave the opening
speech in front of the guests and introduced the development path of
Armenia since independence, achievements and success.

Referring to Armenian-Vietnamese bilateral relations, Ambassador
Vardanyan highly appreciated the cooperation based on mutual interests
and friendship.

Assistant of the Vietnam Foreign Minister emphasized in his speech
that regardless of the geographic distance between the two states,
Armenian-Vietnamese relations have always been cordial. He expressed
conviction that the May, 2015 agreement between Vietnam and the
EAEU on forming free trade zone will foster economic development and
strengthen business ties between the two states.


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Posted 23 September 2015 - 10:15 AM


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
September 21, 2015 Monday

His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah

KWUAIT, Sept 21 (KUNA) -- His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah sent on Monday a cable of congratulations to the
President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, on the occasion of the national
day of his country, wishing him everlasting health and wellness,
and further progress and prosperity for his country.

His Highness the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahamd
Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber
Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah sent similar cables. (end) lbAll KUNA
right are reserved 2015.

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 01:38 PM

20:32 23/09/2015 » SOCIETY

24th anniversary of Armenia’s independence marked in Rome’s St Blaise Church: Vatican Radio

The 24th anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Armenia was marked in St. Blaise Armenian Catholic Church in Rome late Monday, September 21, Vatican Radio reported. The event took place under the patronage of the Armenian embassy to the Holy See. 
Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches Cardinal Leonardo Sandri celebrated a Holy Mass in St. Blaise Church. The Vatican-based ambassadors, members of the clergy, and the faithful were present at the Mass. 

In his speech, Cardinal Sandri reminded those present that Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion. He said that diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Armenia were established in 1992.

Cardinal Sandri also enumerated such significant events as the 2001 visit of Pope John Paul II to Armenia on the 1700th anniversary of the adoption of Christianity by Armenia, as well as the unprecedented Liturgy celebrated by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Basilica in April 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Source: Panorama.am

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Posted 24 September 2015 - 11:03 AM


by MassisPost September 23, 2015, 11:17 am 0 Comments

GLENDALE, CA - Armenian Americans throughout Southern California
celebrated the 24th anniversary of the independence of the Republic
of Armenia at the Armenian Independence Day Festival on September 20th
at Verdugo Park in Glendale. The annual event, spearheaded by the Nor
Serount (New Generation) Cultural Association, along with; the Gaidz
Youth Organization, the "Homenmen" Armenian Athletic Association,
and the Armenian Council of America, drew thousands of attendees who
bared the triple digit temperature to partake in the festivities.

Onlookers cheered for the vibrant Nor Serount dance ensembles of
young children and musical guest performers delighted dancers of all
ages with traditional folk dance music and patriotic songs. The joyful
mood originated by the Master of Ceremonies, Mr. Stepan Hovagimian who
not only entertained the crowd but also highlighted the significance
of Armenia's Independence to Armenians worldwide. Educational and
cultural booths adorned the park featuring authentic Armenian cuisine,
souvenirs, hand-woven rugs, tapestries, books and media.

Mr. Harut DerTavitian, Chairman of the Nor Serount Cultural
Association, addressed the audience and stressed the importance and
considerable work the organizations take in organizing a free event
such as the Armenian Independence Day Festival. Mr. DerTavitian
highlighted the volunteers and tremendous effort put in by the
organizations to not only underscore the pride Armenians have towards
their homeland's independence, but to also accentuate the historic
Armenian culture and heritage in order to foster stronger bonds for
generations to come.

Among dignitaries present for the joyous occasion were Glendale City
Mayor Ara Najarian along with Glendale City Councilmembers Paula Devine
and Vartan Gharpetian, Glendale Unified School District Board Members
Dr. Armina Gharpetian and Nayiri Nahabedian, Glendale City Clerk
Ardashes Kassakhian, former Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and
representing the office of Congressman Adam Schiff, Mary Hovagimian.


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