EuFoA Press Releases

Safarov crisis: Europe in full solidarity against Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian xenophobia – provocation to escalate Karabakh conflict should receive clever response

European Friends of Armenia strongly welcomes the unprecedented condemnations of Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian xenophobia by all European institutions and the international community. We are appalled that the open provocation and physical threat by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev against Armenia and Armenians around the world has put the Karabakh conflict to the next level of escalation. This may be in the short term internal political interest of the President, who is facing "elections" in 2013. However, given his autocratic and so far unchallenged power base, the risk for him and his country and the damage caused stand in no relation to the short-lived political gain achieved through anti-Armenian nationalism and xenophobia. Read more

Interim conclusion of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential Elections

Background On 19 July 2012, Presidential Elections took place in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). While the NK Republic is internationally not recognised, European Friends of Armenia strongly welcomes the wish of the de-facto authorities to organise local self-government based on democratic principles. This wish has been underlined by inviting a large number of international observers, including a group of eight set up by ourselves. Our group was composed of three native speakers and five non-native... Read more

Snail pace Karabakh escalation brings dramatic risks for region and Europe

On 18 June 2012, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs met with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Paris. European Friends of Armenia shares the disappointment and recommendations issued yesterday by the three Co-Chairing Presidents at the G20 summit in Los Cabos (Mexico). In particular we regret that Azerbaijan continues blocking the key confidence building measures, i.e. the establishment of an investigation mechanism for incidents on the line of contact, the removal of snipers and... Read more

Statement of the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council on Armenia’s Parliamentary Elections on 6 May 2012

  A Choice for Armenia   The Europe-Armenia Advisory Council (EAAC), together with the entire European Union and much of the international community, look forward to the upcoming parliamentary elections on 6 May 2012. It will be the responsibility mainly of the Armenian government, but also of the opposition, media and civil society actors, to ensure that these elections will mark a step into a promising future for the country and its people. These elections are more than... Read more

Poll: Campaign brings Republican Party to pole position and consolidates Heritage Party

Today, European Friends of Armenia publishes the results of its poll titled Last Assessment of Pre-Electoral Armenia. This TNS opinion supervised poll with an error margin of ±2,4% was subject to extensive quality controls and conducted by IPSC and EuFoA. The fieldwork with 1600 face-to-face interviews in all regions (marzes) of Armenia took place between 17 and 22 April 2012. While the campaign period is on-going and can still bring changes, the poll reveals some clear movements as we... Read more

EP resolution sends strong support message for Armenia and Minsk Group

On 18 April 2012, the European Parliament (EP) adopted two resolutions in the context of the negotiations for the new Association Agreements with Armenia and with Azerbaijan. European Friends of Armenia hails that the EP prevailed its core values for the Eastern Partnership, especially on a continued democratisation and a balanced approach to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The report is particularly supportive for Armenia but also reminds of the remaining homework. Below we provide a summary of... Read more

Understanding Armenia’s pre-electoral party landscape: EuFoA publishes Shortpaper

Today, European Friends of Armenia publishes a guide on the Armenian political parties, providing on roughly 1.5 pages per party the key facts about their alliances, poll and election data, history, leadership, political ideologies, foreign relations and European aspirations.   "This guide will serve as a useful tool to anyone interested in better understanding of the party system on the eve of the elections of 6 May", comments EuFoA's Secretary General Dr Michael Kambeck. "The whole... Read more

Poll: Race for Armenian Parliament still entirely open!

Click here to download the results of the opinion poll.   Հայերեն լեզվով կարդալու համար խնդրում ենք սեղմել այստեղ:   Please click here to download the PDF version of the press release.   Today, European Friends of Armenia publishes the results of its poll titled "Poll: A Snapshot of Pre-Electoral Armenia". The poll was conducted by IPSC and EuFoA, with TNS opinion providing extensive quality control and... Read more

DCFTA negotiations launched today – EuFoA shortpaper calls for widest possible consensus in Armenia

Today, 6 March 2012, the President of the European Commission, José Barroso, and the Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, officially start the negotiations for a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA). European Friends of Armenia has long called for these negotiations and strongly welcomes their launch now. Today, we publish a shortpaper titled "Free trade with Europe: boosting competitiveness and growth". It provides the background information necessary to understand the DCFTA and the... Read more

EU Council wants free access to Karabakh and for Armenia Visa Facilitation, free trade and more democratisation

On 27 February, the Foreign Affairs Council of the EU defined the framework for the EU's relations with the South Caucasus for the near future.   "The Council statement describes a new quality of relations between the EU and Armenia, including Visa Facilitation and the DCFTA, but also the conditions for further assistance and integration. But most strikingly, the EU acknowledges that EU officials should travel freely to and engage with Nagorno-Karabakh, disregarding infamous pressures... Read more

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