“Network of Friends of Armenia”  A High-Level Group Published a Report

  • by Western Armenia, March 27, 2024 in Politics

The start of the dialogue on visa liberalization between Armenia and the European Union will be an important step for the deepening of relations.

This is stated in the report published by the high-level group "Network of Friends of Armenia" led by Anders Fog Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark and former Secretary General of the North Atlantic Alliance.

The co-authors note that the liberalization of visas will bring a significant change for the people of Armenia, as the increase in people-to-people contacts is important.

The submitted report states that Armenia has found itself in a highly unstable security environment, citing the fact that Baku continues to pose a threat and signals that it is preparing an attack against Armenia.

The report reminds that as a result of Baku's attack in 2020-2022, about 200 square kilometers of Armenia's sovereign territory now  is under occupation, which poses a direct threat to Armenia's sovereignty.

 Referring to the statements of the head of Baku, Ilham Aliyev, the report says that with this, Baku is trying to provide an information field for a further attack against Yerevan.

It is also pointed out the threats of President Aliyev directed to  Yerevan, towards which Baku also does not hide its ambitions. At the same time, it is noted that Baku continues to demand a land corridor through the territory of Armenia, and if it does not get it, it threatens to use military force to occupy the Syunik region.

The authors of the report emphasize that Ankara can also play a role, because it continues to be closely connected with Baku, refusing to open the borders with Armenia, putting pressure on the latter. Nevertheless, the importance of Ankara's role in the region is noted and the need to raise relations with Armenia to a higher level is discussed.

Taking into account all the above circumstances, the report emphasizes that it is necessary to increase military aid from EU member states, which will be an important step for Armenia to increase its defense capabilities to withstand Baku's attacks.

We are talking about both joint exercises and military exercises, as well as the rapprochement of military relations with European countries.

With this step, the European Union will also send an important signal to Baku and Ankara. Referring also to Armenia's membership in the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the authors note that it has little value for Armenia in terms of security, because after the attacks carried out by Baku, it did not stand out in fulfilling its obligations towards Armenia, as a result of which Armenia actually froze its membership in the organization. trying to diversify its security mechanisms.

In addition to this, the report states that a discreet and direct dialogue with Turkey and the regulation of relations and the opening of the Armenian-Turkish border can play an important role for Armenia.