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Commission pledges €100 million in assistance to Armenia

The European Commission adopted the 14 October a draft resolution recommending to the Council to propose €100 million of macro-financial assistance to Armenia. This would take the form of a grant of €35 million and a loan of €65 million. The purpose of the assistance, as agreed by the EU and IMF, is to help the country deal with the effects of the global economic crisis. It is intended to complement financial resources already provided by the EU under the European Neighbourhood Policy and... Read more

Armenian and Turkish Presidents pursue “football diplomacy”

In the second leg of the so-called "football diplomacy", Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, travelled to Bursa yesterday to watch the return match of the World Cup qualifier between Armenia and Turkey. Mr Sargsyan is the first Armenian head of state to travel to Turkey since the closing of the border in 1993. In a hugely symbolic gesture representing the recent diplomatic progress which has been made between the two countries, Mr Sargsyan and his Turkish counterpart, Abdullah Gul, arrived at... Read more

EuFoA’s Secretary General comments on Turkish-Armenian thaw

Soccer Diplomacy May Speed Turkish-Armenian Thaw (source: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601100&sid=aI7xpNY1IA7k)   By Ben Holland   Oct. 12 (Bloomberg) -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan may not mind if Turkey's soccer team thrashes Armenia this week. He has his sights set on a higher goal -- ending a century-old dispute between the two neighbors. Sargsyan is due to attend the Oct. 14 World Cup qualifier in Bursa, northwest Turkey, the first visit by an... Read more

Armenian media report on EuFoA’s conference

On Tuesday, 13 October in Yerevan, EuFoA hosted a conference entitled "EU and NATO - how to secure stability for Armenia and the South Caucasus". The event was organized in the framework of NATO week in Armenia, and co-sponsored by NATO. Below we provide you with two articles about the event.   There is lack of security guarantees in the South Caucasus (source: http://armradio.am/news/?part=pol&id=15916)   13.10.2009 16:38 - Lusine Vasilyan,"Radiolur"   "The... Read more

EuFoA hosts a conference in the framework of NATO week in Armenia

On Tuesday, 13 October in Yerevan, EuFoA hosted a conference in the framework of NATO week in Armenia, co-sponsored by NATO, entitled "EU and NATO - how to secure stability for Armenia and the South Caucasus". The speakers for the event included Mr Armen Yedigarian, Director of Arms Control and International Security Department from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, Mr Michel Duray, Head of NATO Outreach Countries Section and Mr Zbigniew Rybacki, NATO Liaison Officer... Read more

Armenia and Turkey sign normalisation protocols

On Saturday 10 October the Foreign ministers of Turkey and Armenia, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian, met in Zurich to sign the protocols which would see a normalisation of diplomatic relations between the two countries. After a last-minute disagreement over the wording of the statements to be made after signing, the accords were finally signed without any speeches or statements, in the presence of the European Union's foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, US Secretary of State, Hillary... Read more

EuFoA round-table with H.E. Karine Ghazinyan sees EU role in Turkey rapprochement

Today (6 October 2009), European Friends of Armenia held a lunchtime briefing at its Brussels office with H.E. Ms. Karine Ghazinyan, Deputy Foreign Minister of Armenia. The focus of H.E. Ms Ghazinyan's speech and the subsequent discussion was on current key issues of EU-Armenia Cooperation and the role of the EU in Armenia-Turkey relations. Views on the need for a stronger EU involvement in the Armenia-Turkey rapprochement were widely shared. Therefore we list below EuFoA's key... Read more

EuFoA comments on EU role in Turkey rapprochement

Articles from Bloomberg.com, ANP and armtown.com, quoting EuFoA on EU role in Turkey rapprochement.   EU Should Be Guarantor for Armenia-Turkey Ties, Group Says 2009-10-07 09:59:33.950 GMT By Mark Bentley Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The European Union should act as a guarantor for agreements between Armenia and Turkey designed to strengthen the countries' relations, European Friends of Armenia said. The EU "should make sure that the protocols are first ratified by both parliaments, and... Read more

EuFoA organises a conference in the framework of NATO week in Armenia

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) is organising a conference in the framework of NATO week in Armenia. The conference, entitled "EU and NATO - how to secure stability for Armenia and the South Caucasus" will take place on Tuesday, 13 October, at 12pm, in Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan - Queen Satenik meeting room (1. Amiryan Street, Yerevan). Registration of participants starts at 11.30am.   The speakers for this event include: H.E. Mr Samvel Mkrtchian, Armenian ambassador to... Read more

EU delegation attends key talks in Armenia

The tenth EU-Armenia Cooperation Committee met in Yerevan on 22-23 September, joined by EuFoA's Senior Counsellor, Paruyr Hovhannisyan. The EU delegation was chaired by the European Commission's Director for Eastern Europe, Southern Caucasus and Central Asian Republics, Gunnar Wiegand. A particular focus was the implementation of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership initiative, to which both sides confirmed their commitment. The EU pledged an additional €100... Read more

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