Eurasia Partnership Foundation (EPF), within the framework of the Project “Towards sustainable reform: promoting freedom of religion or belief in Armenia for 2018-2021”, announces contest for the best media coverage on the topic of tolerance towards the religious and national minorities.

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Мы, нижеподписавшиеся, глубоко взволнованы сообщениями о вооруженных столкновениях и человеческих жертвах в зоне карабахского конфликта. Военное противостояние — это путь в никуда для людей, связавших свою судьбу с этой землей.

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The EaP CSF Steering Committee views the recent escalation of violence in the Nagorno Karabakh region with grave concern. Accordingly, it calls for the European Union to take concrete steps to promote meaningful negotiations leading to a peaceful solution between Armenian and Azerbaijani sides.

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As people actively engaged in promoting peace in the South Caucasus, we are extremely alarmed about the escalation of hostilities around Nagorny Karabakh and the resulting deaths of peaceful civilians. We speak out in support of our Armenian and Azerbaijani friends and colleagues, and to all those who, understanding the catastrophe of war for ordinary people, have persistently sought ways to further peace in the most difficult circumstances and unfavourable political and geopolitical conditions. We are deeply concerned that without an immediate end to hostilities, there is a risk of further destabilisation throughout the Caucasus and of a new humanitarian crisis.

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International Alert is deeply concerned about the latest military escalation between Armenians and Azerbaijanis over Nagorny Karabakh, the largest confrontation since 1994. These clashes have already reportedly resulted in hundreds of civilians and soldiers being killed or wounded, prompting fears of a larger regional destabilisation. As peacebuilders, we urgently call on all parties to use dialogue to immediately end the violence and return to peaceful negotiations. We also urge the international community to use all diplomatic means to support the de-escalation process.

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On June 24, 2020, the United Nations Economic and Social Council endorsed the recommendation of the Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations to grant Eurasia Partnership Foundation the special consultative status with the Council, to strengthen EPF’s efforts to further empower people to effect change for social justice and economic prosperity, to advance its work in protecting human rights and peacebuilding processes. 

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