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Armenia can become one of regional energy hubs in case of opening borders with Turkey

On 17 February, PanArmenian published a commentary from EuFoA's team about the situation of the ratification of the protocols. /PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkish civil society seems to be the main pushing force behind the ratification of the protocols in Turkey, Dr. Sargis Ghazaryan, Senior Research Fellow at European Friends of Armenia organization believes. "As we know, according to the provisions of the protocols, Turkey should open its border with Armenia in two months time after their... Read more

Protocols ratification and implementation – necessary condition to unleash Armenia’s potential

On 17 February, PanArmenian published a commentary from EuFoA's team about Turkey-Armenia rapprochement. /PanARMENIAN.Net/ If Turkey-Armenia rapprochement, initiated by Armenia, supported by the most influential actors of the international arena, namely Russia, USA and EU that led to the signature of bilateral protocols on 10 October 2009 were to succeed, it would deeply transform and enhance the strategic posture of both Armenia and Turkey. Moreover, its spill-over effect would have the... Read more

Media coverage on the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council’s open letter on the rapprochement between Armenia and Turkey

The open letter on Armenia-Turkey rapprochement issued by EuFoA's Europe-Armenia Advisory Council has received a wide coverage in the media and feedback from the European institutions. EuFoA discussed the open letter with representatives of all EU institutions and received very positive feedback.   Below we provide you with an op-ed article by Europe-Armenia Advisory Council member, Frank Engel, MEP, on the Turkey-Armenia relations, published in this week's edition of New... 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 pressures in Turkey-Armenia rapprochement

On 28-29 January, in London on the sidelines of an international conference on Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton threw all her political weight behind an effort to counter Turkey's threats to stall the ratification of the Armenian-Turkish protocols. In fact, the Armenian-Turkish rapprochement risks to be marred by a campaign of allegations launched in tandem by Turkish and Azerbaijani leadership.   It is noteworthy that the US and the Russian Federation have welcomed... Read more

U.S. praises Armenian High Court ruling on Turkish protocols

In the recent weeks, official Ankara has been raising tension around the Armenian-Turkish protocols following the 15 January ruling of the Consitutional Court of Armenia confirming their constitutionality. Ankara claims the ruling runs counter to the two protocols and sets preconditions. The Armenian side insists that the court did not challenge any of the protocols provisions and on the contrary paved the way for the deal's ratification by Armenia's National Assembly. In parallel, on 25... 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... Read more

Azerbaijan repeats open war threat alongside Nagorno-Karabakh talks

On Sunday, 22nd November, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan met with his Azeri counterpart, President Ilham Aliyev, to hold talks about the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. The meeting was also attended by the two countries' foreign ministers (Edward Nalbandian and Elmar Mammadyarov respectively). President S Sargsyan with President I Aliyev (source: http://www.president.az/articles.php?item_id=20091123102130576&sec_id=8)The talks were mediated by Robert Bradtke (USA), Ambassador Yuri Merzlyakov... Read more

EuFoA hosts reception for European Parliament staff

On Thursday 19 November EuFoA held a reception for MEP Assistants  and staff working in the European Parliament. The purpose of the event was to introduce EuFoA as a resource and contact point for staff working on Armenian issues. Guests also had the opportunity to sample some traditional Armenian dishes and the famous 20 year old Ararat Nairi cognac.   Images from the reception (November... Read more

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