EuFoA Press Releases

Nagorno-Karabakh – There can be no diplomatic solution without Azerbaijan

Yesterday afternoon, Prime Minister Pashinyan of Armenia made an address to the nation. This followed two days of heavy assaults from Azerbaijan and a televised address from President Aliyev the previous day, announcing his intention to continue waging war.   International media outlets were quick to single out one aspect of the Prime Minister’s speech and there soon emerged a slew of headlines reading, “Pashinyan – there can be no diplomatic solution”. We at the European Friends of... Read more

New report details targeting of civilian settlements by Azerbaijan in Nagorno-Karabakh

Nagorno-Karabakh’s Human Rights Ombudsman has published a second report detailing attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure. The report details how villages, towns and the capital Stepanakert have been attacked, causing numerous casualties and injuries among civilians. Detailing the use of multiple rocket launching systems and cluster bombs between the 27th September and 9th October, the report adds further information to the reports by Amnesty International concerning the use of... Read more

Western media: Azerbaijan and Turkey jointly prepared Karabakh war for weeks

Reports by the BBC, The Times, Reuters and the Guardian, to name a few, deliver credible evidence that Azerbaijan and Turkey have been jointly preparing for a war in Nagorno-Karabakh long before starting the hostilities in the early hours of Sunday 27th September. The two countries quickly accused Armenia of having initiated the attack and claimed that they are simply engaged in a massive “counter-attack”.   On Thursday, 24 September, three days before the attack, the BBC’s Russian... Read more

EuFoA strongly condemns the attacks launched by Azerbaijan against the entire Line of Contact with Nagorno Karabakh

Early this morning, a large-scale assault was launched by Azerbaijan against the entire line of contact with Nagorno Karabakh, targeting the local self-defence but also civilian settlements, including the capital, Stepanakert.   Despite accusations from Baku and Ankara that Armenia started this attack, there is no logic for Armenia to provoke any military action. The leadership of Azerbaijan, however, has repeatedly stated that it has become tired and frustrated with a negotiated peace, which... Read more

EuFoA Response to Joint Statement on the construction of a new highway between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, issued by the Chair of the European Parliament’s South Caucasus Delegation, the European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Armenia, and the European Parliament’s Standing Rapporteur on Azerbaijan

On Wednesday 10th June, a Joint Statement was issued by three Members of the European Parliament - Its South Caucasus Delegation Chair, MEP Marina Kaljurand, its Standing Rapporteur on Armenia, MEP Traian Băsescu, and its Standing Rapporteur on Azerbaijan, MEP Željana Zovko. The Joint Statement concerned the construction of a new highway between Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh.   We at the European Friends of Armenia are extremely disappointed by this statement and its abrupt departure from... Read more

As EU-Armenia relations reach a new stage of development, European Friends of Armenia celebrates its 10th anniversary

Brussels, 4 December 2019 - On the occasion of its 10th anniversary, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted a cocktail reception at its premises in Brussels to celebrate its founding and to welcome some new team members.   The event was attended by several friends and partners of EuFoA, representatives of the EU institutions, civil society, the media, and the diplomatic corps, including H.E. Mr Tatoul Markarian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Belgium and Head of the Armenian... Read more

Press trip to Armenia, the Silicon Valley of the South Caucasus (17-21 July 2019)

European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA), in cooperation with WCIT2019, organised a press trip from July 17 to July 21, 2019 to Armenia, with a vision to draw international media attention to the country’s rising tech scene. Once the center of IT innovation of the USSR, Armenia has morphed into the Silicon Valley of the South Caucasus, a startup hub with a tech industry constantly growing and attracting global recognition.  A group of European journalists had the opportunity to explore and... Read more

Press Trip to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (15-23 September 2018)

European Friends of Armenia organised a press trip from September 15 - 23, 2018, to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), with a vision to draw international media attention to the still under-reported region. A group of European journalists had the opportunity to explore and discover Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh, from the bustling city of Yerevan, to the winding mountain roads of Nagorno-Karabakh. This allowed them to see the two countries from social, economic, and political... Read more

Diogo Pinto resigns as Director of European Friends of Armenia

Brussels, 15 March 2018 – With a mix of sadness, pride, and gratitude, European Friends of Armenia announce that Diogo Pinto has resigned from his position as Director and will leave the organisation on March 31st, to commence the next chapter of his career as Political Advisor of Maria João Rodrigues, MEP.   Former European Movement International and European Youth Forum’s Secretary General, Diogo Pinto was appointed Director of EuFoA, in September 2016, at a difficult period... Read more

EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski: “Armenia has all the ingredients for growth and prosperity”

Brussels, 7 March 2018 – Today, in their office in Brussels, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) hosted an exclusive briefing on EU-Armenia relations with EU Ambassador to Armenia Piotr Świtalski.   The briefing, which took place against the background of the recent signing of the EU-Armenia Partnership Priorities, was moderated by Diogo Pinto, Director of EuFoA, and attended by over 40 representatives of the EU institutions, diplomatic corps, international NGOs, research... Read more

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