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November 06, 2012 - The European Union continues to support civil society peace building efforts over Nagorno-Karabakh
The European Union has announced the launch of the second phase of the civil society programme European Partnership for the Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh (EPNK). This programme aims to support peace-building efforts concerning the conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh by facilitating dialogue between civil society, media and policy-makers. Established under the Instrument for Stability – the EU's special financial instrument created to support the peaceful settlement of conflicts, de-escalation of tensions and post-conflict rehabilitation worldwide – EPNK is a consortium of five European NGOs, which seeks to work with local partners in the South Caucasus on a wide range of peace-building projects and to help improve conditions for the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement process. The programme promotes a dynamic dialogue between a broad range of policymakers, media and civil society from all sides of the conflict. It also supports a wider participation of conflict-affected people in the peace process, including women, youth, internally displaced persons and refugees. Programme activities are arranged around three main themes: media, public policy and conflict affected groups. They aim to:
- Broaden the base of participation in peace-building initiatives, with special attention given to marginalised groups;
- Build confidence between all sides of the conflict through increased people-to-people contact;
- Promote fresh analysis and new ideas that challenge existing discourses on the conflict with peace-oriented visions of the future, and
- Actively engage civil society in dialogue with policy makers at national and international levels on the transformation of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
The EPNK programme will last three years and is a continuation of a programme launched in 2009 under the Instrument for Stability.
For more information: EU Press Release
November 25, 2011 - EU – Azerbaijan Cooperation Council Twelfth meeting, Brussels
The Cooperation Council between the European Union and the Republic of Azerbaijan held its twelfth meeting on Friday 25 November 2011. The EU was represented by Mr Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, State Secretary for European Affairs of Poland, acting on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and Mr Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy. The Azerbaijani delegation was led by Mr Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, acting as chair of the Cooperation Council meeting.
November 25, 2011 - EU – Armenia Cooperation Council Twelfth meeting, Brussels
The Cooperation Council between the European Union and the Republic of Armenia held its twelfth meeting on Friday 25 November 2011. The EU was represented by Mr Mikolaj Dowgielewicz, State Secretary for European Affairs of Poland, acting on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and Mr Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy. The Armenian delegation was led by Mr Edward Nalbandian, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia, acting as chair of the Cooperation Council meeting.
Both Cooperation Councils reviewed progress on the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The EU reaffirmed that the status quo is unacceptable and that the solution of this conflict remains a top priority. All sides reiterated their support to efforts deployed by the OSCE Minsk Group. The EU confirmed its determination to strengthen its support to and co-operation with the Minsk Group, notably through further confidence building measures. The EU expressed concern at the increasing number of incidents at the line of contact and called on all sides to reduce tension and abstain from strong rhetoric.
The Cooperation Council underlined the need to remain focussed on and speed up the implementation of the European neighbourhood policy action plan for Armenia & Azerbaijan. The Cooperation Council provided a good opportunity to take stock of latest developments in the South Caucasus, as well as to review recent political and economic reforms in Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Decision of the Committee of Senior Officials of the OSCE 28/2/1992 - The Nagorno-Karabakh is an Armenian enclave in Azerbaijan, a full scale war took place from Feb1988 to May 1994. A ceasefire was signed and peace talks, mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group, have been held ever since by Armenia and Azerbaijan. The EU is also a leading international actor in the fight against illicit accumulation and trafficking of small arms and light weapons.
OSCE arms embargo on Nagorno-Karabkh (Azerbaijan) OSCE Statement
The UK interprets the OSCE arms embargo for Armenia and Azerbaijan as prohibiting the export of any military goods or technology to any person, or to any destination, in Armenia or in Azerbaijan. It has been UK practice occasionally to make an exemption in its interpretation of the embargo by approving exports of non-lethal military goods to humanitarian, media or peacekeeping organisations where it is clear that the embargo was not intended to prevent those exports and there is a strong humanitarian case for them. - See also non-binding UNSCR 853, OP 10 (29 July 1993) - UK Sanctions