15 February 2018
Brussels, 15 February 2018 – On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Karabakh Movement, when the people of Nagorno-Karabakh appealed to the Soviet authorities to exercise their right to unification with Armenia, European Friends of Armenia (EuFoA) and AGBU Europe are organizing a conference entitled: ‘Nagorno-Karabakh & the EU:1988-2018. Taking stock of 30 years of EU policy on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict”.
Building on the European Parliament’s institutional memory of the conflict, triggered by events in February 1988, at the time when Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh were part of the Soviet Union, two panels of parliamentarians and other experts will: provide their testimonies on how the European Parliament regarded the crisis between February 1988 and May 1991; critically examine the EU’s current policy on the matter; and discuss a range of recommendations to help build confidence and promote peace-building between the peoples of Armenia, Nagorno-Karabakh and Azerbaijan.
13.00: Welcome and introductory remarks, Frank Engel MEP (EPP)
13.05: TESTIMONIES FROM THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: 1988 – 1991
In retrospect: how did the European Parliament understand the emerging crisis? What were its recommendations?
- Tsvetana PASKALEVA, Journalist
- Jaromir STETINA, MEP (EPP)
- Eleni THEOCHAROUS, MEP (ECR)
14.00: BLUEPRINT FOR ENGAGEMENT: 10 SUGGESTIONS FOR AN EU CONTRIBUTION TO NAGORNO-KARABAKH PEACE
Looking forward: what initiatives could the EU take to improve the lives of people in Nagorno-Karabakh, reduce tensions, build trust and pave the way to peace?
- Lars ADAKTUSSON, MEP (EPP)
- Paul MEERTS, Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’
- Licinia SIMAO, Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra (CES)
Please click HERE to register for the conference by February 20.
The event is hosted by Frank Engel MEP, Chairman of the Friends of Nagorno-Karabakh group in the European Parliament.