EuFoA Press Releases

New Karabakh shootings prove war risk

During the night from 18 to 19 June, a shooting incident took place on the contact line in the Mardakert region. The incident resulted in casualties - 4 Armenian soldiers and 1 Azerbaijani were killed and 4 more Armenian soldiers are reported to be injured. After meetings with security experts, NGO representatives and officials in Nagorno-Karabakh (N-K), EuFoA Secretary General Michael Kambeck concluded: "this was a dangerous and risky manoeuvre, apparently initiated by Azerbaijan. It looks... Read more

Ashton deliberations surprise Europe-Armenia Advisory Council meeting

The first meeting of the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council took place on 28-30 May in Larnaca, Cyprus. The meeting, chaired by Mr Ioannis Kasoulides, MEP and Vice-Chair of the EPP Group, focused on perspectives of the EU-Armenia partnership, especially in the context of the forthcoming Association Agreement negotiations, as well as the situation in the region. Guest participants were Mr Takis Hadjigeorgiou and Ms Antigoni Papadopoulou, MEPs from Cyprus. In this context, the High... Read more

European Union stands by Armenia in new reports

This week, the European Union published two reports which are relevant for Armenia. According to these, the overall state of Armenia's relations with Europe is better than it has ever been before and looks set to improve further. European Friends of Armenia welcomes the widely supportive nature of the reports and provides a summary of the most relevant points, including one point currently critically debated in Armenian media:   The European Parliament resolution, voted yesterday (20... Read more

Ashton regrets loss of momentum in Armenia-Turkey rapprochement

European Friends of Armenia welcomes the statement by the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Catherine Ashton, released yesterday 26 April on the normalisation process between Turkey and Armenia. As stressed in her declaration, the Armenian government remains committed to pursue the process of normalisation with Turkey and has not withdrawn the signature under the protocols. EuFoA interprets the suspension of the rapprochement process as a diplomatic answer... Read more

EuFoA express grief at His Excellency Bishop Joseph Homeyer’s sudden death

It is with great sadness and dismay that we learned that one member of our Europe-Armenia Advisory Council, His Excellency Bishop Joseph Homeyer, bishop emeritus of Hildesheim and former head of COMECE (Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community) recently passed away. "We have met so many people who had a personal story to tell about him - both in Brussels and Armenia -, who would speak about him with sympathy and always with great respect for his reconciliation... Read more

EU gives new impetus for Armenia-cooperation and Turkey rapprochement

This week, the EU has strongly stepped up its support for Armenia, with a high-level visit to Yerevan by EU Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Štefan Füle, and an official statement by the EU's High Representative for Foreign Policy, Catherine Ashton. Both steps were key demands expressed by EuFoA's Europe-Armenia Advisory Council (EAAC) in an Open Letter published in the European Voice on 10 February. "The EU has welcomed the submission of the protocols to the... Read more

Europe-Armenia Advisory Council publishes call for action on Armenia-Turkey rapprochement

The Europe-Armenia Advisory Council issued an open letter, published in the European media today, to call key European actors to be more involved in the rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey. The process risks to be marred by attempts to put preconditions to ratification of the Armenia-Turkey protocols by tandem of Turkish and Azerbaijani leadership.   In the open letter, the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council states that it "calls upon all EU Institutions to intervene with all... Read more

New EuFoA paper calls for EU action on Armenia-Turkey rapprochement

Today, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) publishes its latest policy paper "Armenia-Turkey Rapprochement: Historic Turning Point or Missed Opportunity?" on its website at www.eufoa.org/publications. This paper analyses the current stage of the Armenia-Turkey rapprochement and reflects exclusive inputs from high-ranking officials very closely involved in the process on both sides. It also provides policy recommendations for the EU's short-term action. "Having analysed both countries'... Read more

Prof Coulie remarks Armenian root of Nagorno-Karabakh in euronews interview

This week, euronews is broadcasting a report on Nagorno-Karabakh including an interview with Professor Bernard Coulie, honorary rector of the Catholic University of Leuven and member of the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council. "What is really fascinating about Nagorno-Karabakh is that it's a region which gathers the very traits of the Armenian culture. We are in a region of real Armenian culture, with a Christian background, which is very important. We are in the heart of Armenia, even if not in a... Read more

EuFoA hosts round-table with H.E Mr Arman Kirakossian

Today, 27 November 2009, European Friends of Armenia held a policy briefing at its Brussels office with H.E. Mr. Arman Kirakossian, Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia responsible for International Organisations and Armenia-Turkey relations. Key representatives of European Institutions, Brussels-based think-tanks, NGOs and mass media, as well as diplomats took part in this event. The focus of Mr. Kirakossian's speech and the subsequent discussion was on recent developments in and around the... Read more

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