February 2018 marks thirty years since the people of Nagorno-Karabakh appealed to the Soviet authorities to exercise their right to unification with Armenia. This movement was triggered by the political uncertainty of the crumbling Soviet Union, which Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno-Karabakh were all part of. In 1988 and in the following years, peaceful Armenian initiatives were met with violent repression by Azerbaijani authorities. By 1992, the dispute had escalated into an all-out war.
Hosted by Frank Engel MEP, the event is intended to encourage the European institutions to become more pro-active in their contribution to conflict resolution and human rights in the region.