EuFoA Press Releases

European Parliament includes the Armenian Genocide and genocide denials in the EU’s Human Rights policy

Today, on 12 March, the European Parliament has adopted the Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the world 2013. Several clauses of this document are relevant to Armenia, especially the paragraph that "calls, ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, on all the Member States to acknowledge it, and encourages the Member States and the EU institutions to contribute further to its recognition.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) warmly welcomes this European... Read more

Largest European political party recognises Armenian Genocide and commemorates its 100th anniversary

On 3 March, the European People's Party (EPP) adopted a resolution recognising and condemning the Armenian Genocide as well as paying tribute to the victims in the 100th anniversary.  The EPP, which is the largest European political party, has adopted the resolution following the initiative of its sister parties from Armenia.   European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) welcomes this resolution. EuFoA Director, Mr Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, comments: "This text is meant not only as a tribute,... Read more

EuFoA Director delivers a speech at the European Parliament and lectures International MBA Deusto University students

On Tuesday 3 February 2015, EuFoA Director, Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, delivered a keynote speech during a conference at the European Parliament about advocacy in the European Union to a group of international young professionals coming from 19 European countries. The conference was hosted by the EPP group in the European Parliament. During his speech, he introduced several guidelines on how to better communicate and put forward the legitimate interest vis-à-vis the European Institutions. In... Read more

International uproar after Azerbaijan downs Nagorno-Karabakh helicopter

Yesterday, a Nagorno-Karabakh helicopter went down in flames, killing all three crewmembers, after Azerbaijani forces claimed it was violating their airspace and shot it.   Azerbaijan has awarded the servicemen who downed the helicopter with a third degree medal for "distinguished military service." "We condemn the new outbreak of violation. We state that as always, it is the Azerbaijani authorities that are responsible for it again. This provocation nullifies Azerbaijan's... Read more

First Nagorno-Karabakh Group announced in the European Parliament

On 15 October 2014, the European Parliament Nagorno-Karabakh Group was presented with the assistance of European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), aiming to support civil society and democratic governance, as well as European values within Nagorno-Karabakh. Following the French and Lithuanian parliaments that have already established similar groups, members of the European Parliament are creating the first international group, spanning over national borders. Several Members of the European... Read more

European Parliament: No further relations with Azerbaijan and sanctions unless European human rights standards are met

On Thursday, 18 September, the European Parliament adopted a motion on the persecution of human rights defenders in Azerbaijan. Many points of the motion are directly relevant to Armenia, as well as to the imprisonment of Azerbaijani human rights activist Leyla Yunus earlier this year in July and partly because of dubious charges of spying for Armenia, causing international outcry. The European Parliament is ready to impose sanctions on Azerbaijan and curb the current relations if demands... Read more

Breakthrough in Karabakh-Basque relations

The Nagorno-Karabakh Foreign Minister, Karen Mirzoyan, together with European Friends of Armenia's Director Eduardo Lorenzo Ochoa, completed a one-week mission to the Basque Country this week.   The visit, scheduled between September 10 and September 16, included meetings with Basque high officials, including the President of the Basque Parliament, Ms. Bakartxo Tejeria Otermin and other leaders, both at provincial and local level.   On Friday, September 12, the Basque... Read more

Basque Parliament recognises Nagorno-Karabakh self-determination

On Friday, September 12, 2014, a European Union regional parliament has, for the first time in history, adopted a motion supporting the self-determination of Nagorno-Karabakh following several official visits to the region that were organized by European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) and the commitment of EuFoA contacts' network.The motion adopted today by the Basque Parliament praises the strong determination of the Nagorno-Karabakh people in their choice for democracy, despite the hard and difficult situation. Read more

Tension rises dangerously in Nagorno-Karabakh as ceasefire negotiations are underway

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) shares the "deep concern" that members of the Minsk Group and the OSCE expressed after a visit to Nagorno-Karabakh amid increasing violence in the region, especially after tensions have been growing in the past week. The number of casualties has dramatically risen over the weekend, including those of Armenian and Karabakhi civilians. Last week, an Armenian villager was injured by Azerbaijani sniper fire across the Armenian border in Aygezdor. "Civilians... Read more

Parliament of Spanish autonomous community of Navarre recognises Armenian Genocide

As a result of several study visits organised by EuFoA to Armenia and NK with different parliamentarians, the Parliament of Navarre has adopted yesterday (23 June 2014) a declaration recognising the Armenian Genocide. The declaration, adopted by the unicameral Parliament on 23 June 2014, reads that "in accordance with the resolution of the European Parliament of June 1987, reaffirmed by subsequent resolutions (February 28, 2002 and April 1, 2004), the events suffered by the Armenian people... Read more

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