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MAY 9 `CILICIA´ TO START SECOND STAGE OF SEA EXPEDITION

YEREVAN, MARCH 24. ARMINFO. May 9, 2005, the Armenian “Cilicia” sailing-vessel constructed analogously to medieval vessels of Cilician Armenian kingdom will weight anchors in Venetian port and continue the “cruise over the seven seas”, noted Cilicia’s captain and chairman of AYAS Club Karen Balayan at today’s press-conference.

Cilicia started its expedition from Poti in 2004 and within the three months have been in Sukhumi-Sochi-Burgas-Istanbul-Athens-Beirut-Khayfa- Alexandria-Iraklion-Dubrovnik-Venice. This time the vessel will leave from Gibraltar for Atlantic Ocean and complete the expedition in the Northern Sea. Armenian seafarers will visit Messina- La-Valet -Tunis- Rimini-Genoa-Marsel-Barcelona-Kartakhena-Kadis-Lisbon- La-Korunya – San-Sebastyan – La-Roshel -Brest (France) – Korke-Dublin-Portsmut- Amsterdam – the former trade partners of Armenian Cilicia (11-14 cc.).

An exhibition dedicated to the 20th anniversary of AYAS Club will take place at the “Tekeyan” cultural center on March 25. A documentary film about “Cilicia” cruise will be demonstrated in April, 2005.

In 2006, after the expedition’s third stage, the vessel will be get to Armenia, then it is planned to open the Sea Museum and to publish “Pages of Armenian navigation” book. The sea cruise is financed by both the Armenian Government and the individual businessmen. Balayan expressed his special thanks to Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanyan for his diplomatic support.

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