EuFoA Press Releases

EuFoA event on Karabakh conflict: DCFTA is key to Armenia’s survival in economic and military race with Azerbaijan

Today, 11 July 2013, European Friends of Armenia organises a panel discussion about the current situation of the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process: "Looking at Europe's next avoidable war: Nagorno-Karabakh". The event starts with short presentations by the panellists followed by questions and answers from the audience and an interactive discussion. Speakers are:   • Richard Giragosian, Founding Director of the Regional Studies Center (RSC) • Christian Kolter, Conflict Researcher... Read more

EuFoA calls for common EU-Armenia efforts to stop waste of gas

The announcement of sharply increased gas prices for Armenia have sparked many questions about social and geo-political consequences. Discussions on the exact extent, the timing and the handling of the price increase are still on-going and will hopefully lead to a feasible solution. Meanwhile, it is worth looking at the large potential for helping Armenian citizens based on similar experiences made in other European countries. In this context, EuFoA calls upon the Armenian government and the... Read more

Statement by EuFoA Secretary General, Michael Kambeck

Our Secretary General, Michael Kambeck, issued the following statement in response to an article published by Nouvelles d'Arménie Magazine in their April issue (No 195) and CivilNet on 10 April:   "Having read the article published by Nouvelles d'Arménie (NdA) Magazine in their April issue (No 195) and republished by CIVILNET on 10 April (translated into Armenian and English), I retain my initial reaction (see below), which I sent by email while being on holiday and which was... Read more

Call for free and fair presidential elections by the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council

  Call for free and fair presidential elections by the Europe-Armenia Advisory Council   Yerevan, 15 February 2013   The Europe-Armenia Advisory Council (EAAC) looks forward to Armenia's presidential elections of 18 February 2013. The Council shares the European Union's desire to see further progress in ensuring free, fair and transparent elections in Armenia, conducted in accordance with the democratic standards to which Armenia has signed up. The... Read more

Voters show more trust in elections as race enters final phase – Hovhannisyan strongly gains while Sargsyan still looks most certain to win in 1st round

Please click here to download the full opinion poll report. Please click here to download this press release in PDF format. Today, 9 days before the presidential elections, TNS opinion is presenting the results of its survey "Poll: Armenia on the Eve of Presidential Elections" describing the voting preferences and motivations of the Armenian voters, but also their views on the on-going campaigns of the various candidates. For this TNS opinion poll, implemented together with their local... Read more

Armenians take elections seriously, despite clear lead of incumbent

Please click here to download the full opinion poll report. Please click here to download this press release in PDF format. Today, TNS opinion is presenting the results of its survey "Poll: A Snapshot ahead of Armenia's Presidential Elections", which describes the moods, voting preferences and motivations of the Armenian voters just before the beginning of the official electoral campaign period. For this TNS opinion poll, implemented together with their local partner IPSC, 1,607... Read more

EU and Armenia seek conclusion of Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade agreement in 1 year

European Friends of Armenia strongly supports the ambitious agenda outlined this week by Armenia and the EU, whereby the negotiations for a new Association Agreement, including a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA), should be concluded before the Eastern Partnership (EaP) summit in Vilnius in November next year. The European Parliament and the Armenian National Assembly in their combined Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC) positively assessed the ongoing negotiations and the... Read more

Safarov crisis: Europe in full solidarity against Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian xenophobia – provocation to escalate Karabakh conflict should receive clever response

European Friends of Armenia strongly welcomes the unprecedented condemnations of Azerbaijan's anti-Armenian xenophobia by all European institutions and the international community. We are appalled that the open provocation and physical threat by Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev against Armenia and Armenians around the world has put the Karabakh conflict to the next level of escalation. This may be in the short term internal political interest of the President, who is facing "elections" in 2013. However, given his autocratic and so far unchallenged power base, the risk for him and his country and the damage caused stand in no relation to the short-lived political gain achieved through anti-Armenian nationalism and xenophobia. Read more

Interim conclusion of the Electoral Observation Mission of the Nagorno-Karabakh Presidential Elections

Background On 19 July 2012, Presidential Elections took place in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). While the NK Republic is internationally not recognised, European Friends of Armenia strongly welcomes the wish of the de-facto authorities to organise local self-government based on democratic principles. This wish has been underlined by inviting a large number of international observers, including a group of eight set up by ourselves. Our group was composed of three native speakers and five non-native... Read more

Snail pace Karabakh escalation brings dramatic risks for region and Europe

On 18 June 2012, the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs met with the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Paris. European Friends of Armenia shares the disappointment and recommendations issued yesterday by the three Co-Chairing Presidents at the G20 summit in Los Cabos (Mexico). In particular we regret that Azerbaijan continues blocking the key confidence building measures, i.e. the establishment of an investigation mechanism for incidents on the line of contact, the removal of snipers and... Read more

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