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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

Briefing: Azerbaijan attack on the Line of Contact with Nagorno-Karabakh

  In the early hours of Sunday 27th September, Azerbaijan forces attacked the line of contact with Nagorno-Karabakh. It soon emerged that this was a major offensive which has seen engagement take place along the entire border.   Azerbaijan claims that these attacks were in a response to a ceasefire violation from Armenia but has yet to make a convincing supporting case for this version of events. This explanation also fails to explain the rationale for this level of response or its ability... 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

Press Trip to Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh (3-10 May 2018)

European Friends of Armenia organised a press trip on May 3-10, 2018, with the aim of drawing the attention of international media to Armenia and Nagorno- Karabakh. The trip allowed the journalists to explore and discover Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh from an economic, social, cultural and political perspective. Both in Yerevan and Stepanakert, the journalists had the opportunity to meet and interview Armenian and Karabakhi high-level officials, locals and civil society... Read more

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