MP VARTKES MAHDESSIAN SENDS LETTER TO BERGE SETRAKIAN REGARDING THE 25,000 MELKONIAN BOOKS
Gibrahayer Nicosia Wednesday 21 March, 2007 - Armenian MP in the Cyprus Parliament Vartkes Mahdessian has appealed to AGBU President Berge Setrakian to save the 25,000 book Melkonian library, including old diaspora newspapers dating back to 1900 and old Armenian books from the late 19th century, currently found at the American Academy and in carton boxes at the Melkonian school, that are under imminent risk of decay and destruction.
In a letter sent to Setrakian this week, Armenian MP Vartkes Mahdessian said that he had secured space at The University of Cyprus Library, and had arranged for the books to be displayed, archived and indexed so that everyone could physically access it. The information would also be available to the Internet community, online.
Mahdessian said that he had come to an agreement with the Dean of The Un! iversity of Cyprus and Library officials and when a green light was received from AGBU top man Berge Setrakian the plan would come into effect and could be implemented without delay.
Gibrahayer e-magazine also learned that the meetings with The Cyprus University circles and our representative had gone further and during the many meetings between the two sides, the possibility of the establishment of an Armenian Department within The University of Cyprus was discussed.
"The Melkonian books could serve as a starting point to such a venture, and at the same time would stop them from being destroyed" said Mahdessian and hoped that a positive answer from Berge Setrakian would set into motion this innovative idea for the benefit of our people.
The University of Cyprus have further agreed to cater and preserve these books, as long as our side consi! ders it necessary and would return them whenever such a request i s made to the University in the future.