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Crucial consultations begin on Armenia-Turkey protocols

On 17 September Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan held discussions on the protocols for the normalisation of relations with Turkey with members of around 50 Armenian political parties. With this the Armenian government wants to fulfil its commitment to publicly debating the protocols.   "By inviting the Turkish President to Armenia and initiating this whole process, my purpose was to open a window of opportunity for the normalization of bilateral relations  between Armenia and... Read more

Breakthrough or diplomatic tactics? Armenia and Turkey could solve first bilateral dispute in the region

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) sees a historic window of opportunity in the new roadmap and timeframe for the establishment of diplomatic links and open borders between Turkey and Armenia without precondition. The joint statement released yesterday evening by the two countries reinserts momentum into what could become the first peaceful settlement of a bilateral conflict in the region for many decades.   "If the two governments really manage to pull this through, their Presidents... Read more

Breakthrough or diplomatic tactics? Armenia and Turkey could solve first bilateral dispute in the region

Below we provide you with: The joint statement of the Swiss, Armenian and Turkish governments Original protocols agreed during the meeting Statement by Javier Solana, EU High Representative for the CFSP Statement by Lluís-Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Our press release News articles on the issue Press release by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of... Read more

Eurovision votes for Armenia spark Azerbaijani probe

Azeris who voted for Armenia's Eurovision entry have been questioned by police, accused of being unpatriotic and a potential "threat" to national security.   Below we provide an article from RFERL about the probe.   Azerbaijani Authorities Interrogate Music Fan Over Eurovision Vote For Armenia (Source: Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty, http://www.rferl.org/content/feature/1800013.html)   BAKU (RFE/RL) -- It's a simple song competition. Or is... Read more

EuFoA publishes policy paper “An EU in Change: What effects on relations with Armenia?”

Today, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) published its latest policy paper "An EU in change: What effects on relations with Armenia?" on its website www.eufoa.org.   The paper aims at describing and clarifying the role the EU institutions have in shaping EU-Armenia relations. It analyses the current political and institutional changes in Brussels and provides guidance to decision makers and stakeholders on both sides.   "We argue that the train towards an intensified... Read more

Troika visit sees upgrade in European-Armenian relations

An EU troika visit organised by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs concluded its tour of the South Caucasus in Armernia on Monday 20 July, after visiting Georgia and Azerbaijan. The troika was composed of Carl Bildt, Swedish Foreign Minister, Karel Kovande, Deputy Director-General and Political Director in the European Commission, John Kjaer, Head of Unit, Peter Semneby, European Union Senior Representative, Paolo Barroso Simoes from the Council Secretariat, as well as Spain's Ambassador... Read more

EU Presidency welcomes discussions on Nagorno-Karabakh

(Source: http://www.se2009.eu/en/meetings_news/2009/7/18/presidency_statement_on_the_nagorno-karabakh_conflict) The President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, and his Azeri counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, met in Moscow on the 17 and 18 July to continue negotiations over the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh. Russian president Dmitry Medvedev hosted the talks, which aimed at finding a solution for the dispute which has been ongoing since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. The discussions are set to... Read more

ANP reports on EuFoA’s housewarming reception

Ararat News and Publishing reports on the recent opening of EuFoA's permanent premises in Brussels. The event, held on the 7 July, was attended by over 50 guests. The purpose of the reception was to formally launch the organisation and introduce its goals, and to welcome cooperation with interested parties. Below please find the article from the Ararat News and Publishing website.   Armenian EU-Friends intensify contacts with EU (source:... Read more

General amnesty in Armenia: a turning point in Armenia-Europe relations?

On 19 June, the Armenian Parliament (National Assembly) has decided a General Amnesty to persons deprived of their liberty in relation with the post electoral riots on 1 March 2008.The decision resolves the key bone of contention in a debate between the Council of Europe (CoE) and Armenian authorities which has seriously burdened relations between both sides, affecting even relations with the EU. The CoE has now welcomed the move and stated that it will continue the monitoring of political... Read more

New European Parliament looks to continue good work with Armenia

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) congratulates the new European Parliament following last week's elections across the 27 member states. We look forward to continuing to support the Parliament in its work to further upgrade EU-Armenia relations.The European Parliament has historically been the key driving force behind pursuing closer and deeper ties with Armenia and Europe's other Eastern neighbours, and EuFoA fully supports its efforts in this area. The Parliament has achieved excellent... Read more

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