April 25th – Yerevan, Armenia
Participants and Members of the European Parliaments EU-Armenia Friendship Group met with the Members of Armenian Parliament who are also part of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly and the speaker of the Armenian National Assembly H.E. Mr Hovik Abrahmayan.
During the meetings members of the group liaised with their Armenian counterparts on a number of issues including Armenia’s progress towards completing the Association Agreement with the EU, Armenias status within the Eastern Partnership, tensions surrounding the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, the status of Armenia-Turkey relations and ideas related to future prospects of cooperation between the EU-Armenia.
Dr Eleni Theocharous the President of the group stated:
“We will continue to raise the awareness of Armenia within Europe. We will support all the efforts and desires of Armenia and are ready to collaborate with the Armenian National Assembly. We will do our very best to promote an present to the people of Europe the heritage, the rich culture, the history and the principles of Armenia and its people.”
Kyriacos Triantaphyllides MEP from Cyprus and member of the group went on to state:
“I believe nations such as the Armenian nation need our love and support, I am in particular very passionate about two issues, the issue of Nagorno Karabakh and the issue of Armenia-Turkey relations and the status of genocide recognition. Europe should express solidarity by fighting for Armenia’s Genocide recognition and also assist in the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the lifting of the blockade by Turkey and Azerbaijan. Moreover I support Armenia, its desires and its future efforts in establishing deeper cooperation with the EU.”
Furthermore, Ewald Stadler MEP from Austria who is also a member of the friendship group stated:
“Europe has a moral obligation towards Armenian people not only in Armenia, but also in Nagorno Karabakh. Issues such as the status of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and gaining genocide recognition from Turkey are both issues which I will be fighting for in my capacity as an MEP in the European Parliament.”