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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

EU-Armenia Cooperation Council meets in Luxembourg

The EU-Armenia Cooperation Council held its tenth meeting in Luxembourg the 26 October, marking the ongoing high-level political dialogue between the EU and Armenia. The meeting was chaired by Armenian Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian, and was attended on the European side by Swedish Foreign Minister, Carl Bildt, EU Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Fererro-Waldner, Spanish State Secretary for European Affairs, Diego Lopez Garcia, and EU Special Representative for the South... Read more

Dr Charles Tannock publishes op-ed article on Armenia-Turkey relations

Dr Charles Tannock MEP, foreign affairs spokesman for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group in the European Parliament and member of the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council, has published an opinion article on the subject of the Turkish-Armenian rapprochement. The article was published by the European Voice.   To read more about the EuFoA's Europe-Armenia Advisory Council please visit here.   A change in the Caucasus? (Source:... Read more

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

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