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COUNTRIES USA

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

August 31, 2012

Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Azerbaijan’s Decision to Pardon Ramil Safarov

President Obama is deeply concerned by today’s announcement that the President of Azerbaijan has pardoned Ramil Safarov following his return from Hungary. Safarov confessed to the murder of Armenian Army officer Gurgen Margaryan in Budapest in 2004, and was serving a life sentence in Hungary for this brutal crime.  We are communicating to Azerbaijani authorities our disappointment about the decision to pardon Safarov. This action is contrary to ongoing efforts to reduce regional tensions and promote reconciliation. The United States is also requesting an explanation from Hungary regarding its decision to transfer Safarov to Azerbaijan.

 State department

Press Statement

Patrick Ventrell

Acting Deputy Spokesperson, Office of Press Relations

Washington, DC

August 31, 2012

 The United States is extremely troubled by the news that the President of Azerbaijan pardoned Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov, who returned to Baku today following his transfer from Hungary. Mr. Safarov had been serving a life sentence in a Hungarian jail for murdering Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan during a 2004 NATO training event in Budapest.

We are expressing our deep concern to Azerbaijan regarding this action and seeking an explanation. We are also seeking further details from Hungary regarding the decision to transfer Mr. Safarov to Azerbaijan.

We condemn any action that fuels regional tensions.


Ms. Victoria Nuland, spokesperson for the U.S. Department of State

September 11, 2012 — 12:57 AMT

“ Well, we, as you know, issued a statement about this after the Hungarians released him back to Azerbaijan, and we have been in touch with the Azerbaijanis and urging them to meet commitments that they reportedly made to the Hungarians in advance of the release”.


Senate

Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), Foreign Relations Committee: Democrat

06.09.2012 12:06

“I am shocked and appalled that Azerbaijan not only welcomed Safarov home, but pardoned, promoted, and treated him as a hero,” “This needlessly provocative act endangers the fragile peace between these countries and damages the government of Azerbaijan’s credibility.”

 Central California Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA)

Central California Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA) told The Fresno Bee today that “This injustice of international law committed by the government of Azerbaijan is an outrage, plain and simple.” In a longer statement issued to his constituents, he noted that “We in the United States stand firm with our friends in Armenia during these trying times because of our steadfast commitment to justice, peace and mutual respect. The actions of the Azeri government stand in stark contrast to these values and underline the need for the U.S. government to strongly support Armenia and its people.”

 John Sarbanes (D-MD):

The pardoning of Ramil Safarov, the murderer of Gurgen Margaryan, is without justification. The basis and reasoning for his transfer to Azerbaijan must be explained to the United States. Azerbaijan has acted to undermine justice and further strain its relationship with Armenia to the detriment of all, and to the benefit of no one but a self confessed murderer. Azerbaijan’s contemptible granting of amnesty to Safarov undermines the international community’s efforts to forge a peace in the Caucuses.

Robert Menendez, member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Democrat

September 6, 2012

“I am aghast at the decision of President Aliyev to pardon Ramil Safarov for his heinous crime. I am outraged and disgusted by the reception that Safarov was given upon returning to Azerbaijan — a hero’s welcome, a free apartment and a promotion. This blatant disregard for justice is unacceptable and I condemn Aliyev’s actions in the strongest way possible. I am also troubled by Hungary’s decision to extradite Safarov and believe that, given the breach of extradition agreement, Hungary must now demand the return of Safarov to complete his life-sentence,” Menendez commented.

“At this moment, with relations in the Caucasus region as tense as ever, the highly deplorable actions of President Aliyev undermine the credibility of his government and his commitment to work toward a peaceful resolution of differences with Armenia. I call on President Aliyev to apologize to the family of Gurgen Markarian and for the international community to demand Safarov’s return to Hungary to complete the remainder of his life sentence. It is clear that the Azeri government cannot be counted on to adhere to its international or bilateral obligations with respect to this matter.”

David Cicilline (D-RI)

“Like many in Rhode Island’s Armenian community, I was appalled to learn that Ramil Safarov received a full pardon, compensation, and a hero’s welcome from Illham H. Aliyev, the President of Azerbaijan. Mr. Safarov was convicted of carrying out a brutal, premeditated crime for which he did not express a hint of remorse. And while Mr. Safarov is being celebrated in Azerbaijan today, there is no justice for his victim, Gurgen Markarian, or the friends and loved ones he left behind.”

“Over the years, serious questions have been raised about whether the Azerbaijani government is truly committed to developing a peaceful, nonviolent relationship with the people of Armenia. Its reckless actions this week do nothing to address these concerns.”

 House of Representatives

Frank Pallone, Congressman, Jr. (NJ-06), member of the Natural Resources Committee, co-chair of the Congressional Armenian Issues Caucus, Democrat

Aug 31, 2012

“I am outraged by the reckless actions taken by the government of Azerbaijan in freeing Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani soldier who brutally murdered an unarmed Armenian soldier during a NATO-sponsored training program in Hungary. It is extremely egregious that the President of Azerbaijan has issued a decree granting pardon to a convicted murderer and has allowed him to walk free despite his conviction.

“These are not the actions of a government that is dedicated to justice and peace. Unfortunately, the actions taken by Azerbaijan only further confirm their desire to facilitate and condone violence against Armenia and its people.

“I believe that the United States government should stand in solidarity with the Armenian government in condemning the actions of the governments of Azerbaijan. Further, I call upon the Azerbaijani government to acknowledge Ramil Safarov as a convicted murderer and immediately take action commensurate with a democratic nation that supports justice under the rule of law.”

Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), Republican, Co-chair and Co-founder of the Religious Minorities in the Middle East Caucus

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — «I’m deeply concerned about the release of Ramil Safarov by the Hungarian Government. Safarov, a former Azerbaijani military officer, was sentenced to life in prison by a Hungarian court for the murder of Armenian Gurgen Margaryan. This brutal hate crime took place during a 2004 NATO program and was motivated by the worst kind of ignorance and prejudice. Safarov’s release dangerously undermines the rule of law and peace throughout the region. The Azerbajani government should immediately reverse its decision to pardon Safarov.»

 Henry Waxman (D-CA), Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Democrat 06.09.2012 12:12

“…deeply disturbed by the President of Azerbaijan’s decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani military lieutenant who gruesomely murdered Armenian lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan while the two soldiers were participating in the 2004 NATO Partnership for Peace program in Hungary.  “It is an appalling demonstration of the Azerbaijani government’s continued refusal to reconcile with Armenia and its unwillingness to uphold the rule of law.”

 Russia

Заявление официального представителя МИД России А.К. Лукашевича по поводу экстрадиции Венгрией азербайджанского военнослужащего

1599-03-09-2012

В России, являющейся сопредседателем Минской группы ОБСЕ по нагорно-карабахскому урегулированию, с глубокой озабоченностью восприняты сообщения о помиловании Баку азербайджанского военнослужащего Р.Сафарова, осужденного венгерским судом на пожизненное заключение за совершенное в Венгрии в 2004 г. убийство с особой жестокостью армянского офицера, а также о предшествовавшем этому решении венгерских властей экстрадировать его в Азербайджан.

Считаем, что эти действия азербайджанских, равно как и венгерских властей идут вразрез с усилиями, согласованными на международном уровне, в первую очередь по линии Минской группы ОБСЕ, и направленными на снижение напряженности в регионе.

Ожидаем также, что соответствующая оценка сложившейся ситуации будет в самое ближайшее время дана сопредседателями Минской группы ОБСЕ.


France

 Quai d’Orsay (Արտաքին գործերի նախարարություն)

Azerbaidjan : grâce octroyée à M. Safarov

(3 septembre 2012)

La France fait part de sa préoccupation à la suite de l’annonce de la mesure de grâce octroyée vendredi 31 août par les autorités azerbaïdjanaises au bénéfice de M. Safarov. Ce dernier avait été condamné en 2006 en Hongrie à la prison à perpétuité par la justice hongroise pour le meurtre inqualifiable dont il s’était rendu coupable en 2004 à Budapest sur la personne d’un officier arménien.

La France, fortement engagée comme les autres coprésidents du groupe de Minsk en faveur d’une solution pacifique au conflit du Haut-Karabagh, considère que cette décision risque de nuire gravement aux efforts de négociation et à l’établissement d’un climat de confiance entre les parties.

 Senat

Philippe Kaltenbach, Président de groupe d’amitié France — Arménie du Sénat

Communiqué de presse

Clamart, le 3 septembre 2012

Philippe Kaltenbach indigné par la libération de Ramil Safarov

Philippe Kaltenbach, Président du groupe d’amitié France-Arménie du Sénat, est indigné par la libération de Ramil Safarov, condamné par la justice hongroise à la prison à vie pour le brutal assassinat en 2004 de l’officier arménien Gurgen Margarian.   Extradé vendredi 31 août dans le cadre des accords de la convention de Strasbourg de 1983 sur les personnes condamnées par les autorités hongroises vers son pays d’origine, l’Azerbaïdjan, où il aurait dû purger le reste de sa peine, celui-ci a aussitôt bénéficié d’une grâce de la part du Président Ilham Aliev.

Philippe Kaltenbach déclare : « Je suis indigné par cette libération. La peine prononcée par la justice hongroise doit être respectée et pleinement appliquée. Une telle grâce est très préoccupante. L’officier Gurgen Margarian a été brutalement assassiné en 2004 car il était arménien. L’auteur d’un tel crime ne peut aujourd’hui faire l’objet d’une grâce sans envoyer un message exécrable en direction de celles et ceux qui œuvrent en faveur de la réconciliation entre l’Arménie et l’Azerbaïdjan. »

 Assembleé National

Ֆրանսուա Ռոշբլուան, ՖՀ ԱԺ Արտաքին հարաբերությունների հանձնաժողովի անդամ, պատգամավոր հայֆրանսիական բարեկամական խմբի նախկին նախագահ

Սեպտեմբեր 01, 2012

Ցմահ ազատազրկման ենթարկված հանցագործին ներում շնորհելը միանգամայն անընդունելի է: Այդ մասին NEWS.am-ի թղթակցի հետ զրույցում նշեց Հայաստան-Ֆրանսիա միջխորհրդարանական խմբի նախագահ Ֆրանսուա Ռոշբլուան` մեկնաբանելով Հունգարիայի կողմից հայ սպայի մարդասպան Ռամիլ Սաֆարովի արտահանձնումը Ադրբեջանին, որտեղ վերջինս, հայրենիք ժամանելուն պես ներման էր արժանացել:

Ռոշբլուայի խոսքով` ինքը տեղյակ է Հայաստանի նախագահի` հայ սպայի մարդասպանին Ադրբեջանին փոխանցած  Հունգարիայի հետ դիվանագիտական հարաբերությունները խզելու որոշման մասին. «Դիվանագիտական տեսանկյունից Հայաստանի նախագահի որոշումը ճիշտ է: Հանցագործին ներելն անընդունելի է: Հետագայում դա երկու երկրների միջեւ բարդություններ կստեղծի»:


OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs joint statement

http://www.osce.org/mg/93343

The Co-Chairs expressed their deep concern and regret for the damage the pardon and any attempts to glorify the crime have done to the peace process and trust between the sides.

The Co-Chairs reiterated to both Ministers that, as their Presidents stated in Los Cabos on June 19, there is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. They will continue to maintain contacts with the sides to reduce tensions and advance the peace process.


Norway

Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

06.09.2012 18:10

“I have followed with increasing concern the growing tension between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the past few days,” said Norway’s Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

“Norway shares the concern expressed by the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, among others. Tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan were already high before these recent developments. Any actions that exacerbate the situation and undermine efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in the region are regrettable. This matter was also discussed at the meeting of the Nordic and Baltic foreign ministers in Vilnius yesterday,” said Mr Støre.


Sweden

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt (in Twitter)

20:07 • 01.09.12

“Strange decision in Azerbaijan to pardon man having murdered an Armenian in Hungary. Rule of law must apply”.


Hungary

Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi

http://www.politics.hu/20120905/foreign-minister-says-azerbaijan-break-of-promise-extremely-regrettable-unacceptable-and-condemnable/

“It was extremely regrettable, unacceptable and condemnable, that the government of Azerbaijan had not kept its promise to keep Ramil Safarov, an Azeri officer who received a life sentence in Hungary for killing an Armenian soldier, behind bars.

Martonyi told public radio that during his visit in Switzerland on Monday his counterpart Dider Burkhalter had offered his country’s help in mending relations between Hungary and Armenia. Switzerland has been “traditionally a moderator, neutral country” and Hungary must make use of all possible means to diffuse tension with Armenia, he added.

Martonyi reiterated that Hungary had acted in good faith in the case of the Azeri soldier, he said and there had been no economic considerations involved. What’s most important now is to make Armenians understand that Hungary has always considered them as a friend, he said.

Commenting on reports about threats received by the Azerbaijani embassy in Budapest from Armenian terrorists, he said “the relevant authorities will certainly take the required steps.”

 Դորոգ քաղաքի քաղաքապետարանի հայտարարությունը

Դորոգ, 2012.09.07

Որոշում

1. Դորոգ քաղաքի ինքնավարության պատգամավորները համակրանքն ու կարեկցանքն են հայտնում իրենց հայ բարեկամներին: Միեւնույն ժամանակ, հավատացնում են, որ ապագայում էլ իրենցից կախված ամեն ինչ կձեռնարկեն հարաբերությունների հետագա զարգացման ու բարգավաճման գործում:

2. Դորոգ քաղաքի ինքնավարության պատգամավորները հայտարարում են, որ ներկայիս կառավարությունը ազգային, ինչպես նաեւ միջազգային ասպարեզում կորցնելով իր հավաստիությունը թերի հոգեւոր եւ պրոֆեսիոնալ վարվելագծի պատճառով, պիտանի չէ մեր պետության ղեկավարության համար:

Határozat:

1. Dorog város önkormányzatának képviselőtestülete együttérzését fejezi ki örmény barátainak. Egyúttal biztosítja őket, hogy a jövőben is, minden rendelkezésünkre álló eszközzel, értékes kapcsolataink további gazdagítását fogjuk szolgálni.

2. Dorog város önkormányzatának képviselőtestülete kijelenti, hogy a jelenlegi kormány szellemi, szakmai teljesítőképességének elégtelensége és a hazai, valamint nemzetközi közvélekedés szerint elveszett tisztessége miatt alkalmatlan országunk vezetésére.


Georgia

Foreign Minister Grigol Vashadze

Thu 06 September 2012 | 06:31 GMT

«Georgia is interested in peaceful resolution of all regional problems, as any tension leads to war, and it is unacceptable for our government and for our people,»
The Minister called on the parties not to pass «acceptable limits» in tensions. «The Georgian authorities are doing everything for the extreme border between Azerbaijan and Armenia not to be crossed,» he said, noting that Tbilisi receives international aid in these efforts».


Ukraine

04.09.2012

Министерство иностранных дел Украины выражает глубокое сожаление по поводу обострения в двусторонних отношениях между Арменией и Венгрией. Об этом заявил журналистам 4 сентября глава департамента информационной политики МИД Украины Олег Волошин. Он выразил уверенность в том, что нормы и принципы международного права должны стать основой для выхода из ситуации.

Волошин подчеркнул, что Украина, как будущий председатель ОБСЕ, настроена на то, чтобы содействовать развитию конструктивных отношений между всеми странами-членами организации. Он отметил, что Киев также будет принимать все необходимые меры для активизации переговорного процесса по урегулированию нагорно-карабахского конфликта.


Turkey

http://www.todayszaman.com/news-291532-turkey-says-its-unfairly-targeted-by-armenians-over-azerbaijani-officer-pardoning.html

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesperson Selçuk Ünal stated that “this kind of effort to turn Turkey into a target with baseless claims is a new mud-slinging campaign by sinister circles. Ankara is astonished in watching the accusations by the Armenian Diaspora”.
According to Ünal Turkey is not part of the process in any stage and that these “groundless” efforts is a new black propaganda of “ill-intentioned circles.”


Czech Republic

Արտաքին գործերի նախարարություն

 «Չեխիայի Հանրապետությունն տվյալ հարցում Հայաստանի կողմն է: Մեր դիրքորոշման և զորակցության մասին արդեն տեղեկացրել ենք Հայաստանի  դեսպանին»: «Սաֆարովը դատապարտված մարդասպան է, սպանությունը մնում է սպանություն, և այն, ինչ տեղի ունեցավ, ծաղրանք է զոհվածի հարազատների, արդարության և իրավունքի գերակայության սկզբունքների հանդեպ»: «Մենք խորապես մտահոգված ենք Ադրբեջանի կառավարության քայլերով, որի մասին տեղեկացրել ենք նաև իրենց՝ Պրահայի դեսպանության միջոցով: Չեմ կարծում, որ սա միայն Հունգարիայի, Ադրբեջանի և Հայաստանի կառավարությունների հարցն է: Ողջ միջազգային հանրությունը խորապես մտահոգված է հատկապես Ադրբեջանի գործողություններով: Ադրբեջանի հեղինակությունը և իմիջը խիստ վնասված են»:

Շվարցենբերգը նաև հավելել է, որ Ադրբեջանի գործողությունները «…վնասում են ղարաբաղյան հակամարտության կողմերի միջև վստահությունն ամրապնդելու միջազգային հանրության ջանքերին, թուլացնում խաղաղ բանակցությունների գործընթացը և, ի վերջո՝ վնասում Ադրբեջանին»:

 ՍԵՆԱՏ

ԱՐՏԱՔԻՆ ԳՈՐԾԵՐԻ, ՊԱՇՏՊԱՆՈՒԹՅԱՆ ԵՎ ԱՆՎՏԱՆԳՈՒԹՅԱՆ ԿՈՄԻՏԵ

ԲԱՆԱՁԵՎ No 266

28 – րդ նիստ, 23 հոկտեմբերի, 2012 թվական

Ռամիլ Սաֆարովի գործի վերաբերյալ

 ԿՈՄԻՏԵՆ

իր խորը մտահոգությունն ու ափսոսանքն է հայտնում առ այն, որ Ադրբեջանի նախագահն իր որոշմամբ ներում է շնորհել Ռամիլ Սաֆարովին, ով Եվրոպական միության անդամ պետության դատարանը դատապարտել էր սպանության համար; համարում է այդ որոշումը, որպես խորհրդանշական քայլ, կարող է նպաստել Հայաստանի և Ադրբեջանի միջև հարաբերություններում լարվածության հետագա շիկացմանը, ինչպես նաև  մտահոգված է, որ այս որոշումը խոչընդոտելու է հակամարտությունից տուժած հասարակությունների հաշտեցման գործընթացին և վտանգի տակ է դնում տարածաշրջանում միջանձնային շփումների խաղաղ զարգացման ապագա հնարավորությունը:

հանձնարարում է.

որպեսզի Կոմիտեի նախագահ սենատոր Յոզեֆ Ռեգեցը սույն բանաձևի մասին տեղեկացնի Սենատի նախագահին:

Յոզեֆ Րեգեց                                                                          Յարոմիր Շտետինա

կոմիտեի նախագահ                                                            կոմիտեի անդամ

Lithuania

Defence Minister

Murder by Safarov can’t be glorified, it undermines trust – Lithuanian defmin tells Azerbaijan’s minister

VILNIUS, Sep 18, BNS – Lithuania’s Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene says that she told the visiting Azerbaijani Defense Minister Lieutenant Colonel Safar Abiyev on Monday that the murder committed by Azerbaijani solder Ramif Safarov should not be glorified. Safarov killed an Armenian officer with an axe and was recently pardoned for this crime in his country. «We had a very open conversation, it was just the two of us. I raised the question about the amnesty of Azerbaijan’s officer Ramil Safarov. We exchanged opinions. My position was very clear – I expressed concern with the decision to pardon a person who committed a crime. Murder cannot be glorified. This undermined mutual trust and can affect the peace process, which is being developed to resolve the differences between Armenia and Azerbaijan,» Jukneviciene told BNS on Tuesday. In her words, it is crucial to maintain a dialogue on these matters to enable «our friends know our position.» «It would be dangerous, if such matters impeded Lithuania’s relations with Azerbaijan and other countries in South Caucasus. The Caucasian direction is very important for us. This has to do with our own safety – the development of the peace process in Caucasus. Therefore, a dialogue is needed, and the conversation took place,» the defense minister said.


United Kingdom

Foreign and Commonwealth office

David Lidington, Secretary of State for European and NATO Affairs

10.09.2012

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201213/cmhansrd/cm120910/text/120910w0001.htm

We welcome the statements of the right hon. Baroness Ashton of Upholland and Commissioner Fule, and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group Co-Chairs, with regard to the pardon of Ramil Safarov, following his return from Hungary, and share their concern about the impact this may have on prospects for stability and peace in the region. We regret any action that is contrary to ongoing efforts to reduce regional tensions and promote reconciliation.

Moving forward, it is important that both sides exercise restraint—in actions and public statements—to prevent any escalation of the situation. Together with our EU and OSCE partners, we will continue to follow the situation closely and we stand together with the international community in supporting the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chairs in their efforts to reduce tension and find a negotiated way forward to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


Luxemburg

Ժան Ասելբորն, Լյուքսեմբուրգի փոխվարչապետ, արտաքին գործերի նախարար (ՀՀ ԱԳ նախարար Է.Նալբանդյանի հետ տրված համատեղ մամուլի ասուլիսին)

11.09.2012

“Եվրամիությունը մտահոգված է տարածաշրջանում տեղի ունեցող վերջին իրադարձություններով. կացնով հանցանք գործած մարդու գործողությունները չեն կարող հերոսություն որակվել”:

Նա մտադիր է նամակ ուղարկել Հունգարիայի ԱԳՆ ղեկավարին, որում իր մտահոգությունը կհայտնի այդ փաստի առնչությամբ: Ասելբորնը նաև հայտարարել է, որ “Կիպրոսում հանդիպման ժամանակ Հունգարիայի ԱԳՆ ղեկավարը հայտարարել է, որ հունգարական կողմը ոչ մի կերպ չի ցանկացել ցավ պատճառել Հայաստանին”:

Canada

Canada’s Embassy

to Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan today (13.09.2012) issued the following statement:

“Canada is concerned about recent developments in the RamilSafarov case, in particular his pardon, and the unwelcome controversy it has generated.

“We encourage all parties to take the necessary measures to increase trust and constructively contribute to the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

“Canada supports the ongoing peace process, and all initiatives aimed at promoting regional cooperation and reconciliation.»

House of Commons of Canada

Statement of the Honorable Harold Albrecht, Chairman of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Frienship Group

“…I rise today to express my utter contempt and complete disbelief of recent developments in the case of Azerbaijani military officer, Ramil Safarov.

On August 31, Safarov was transferred from Hungary to Azerbaijan to ostensibly serve out a life prison sentence for the brutal murder of an Armenian military officer in 2004. Upon his return, he was pardoned and released. These developments are of real concern to Canada, and in particular to Canadians of Armenian descent who want peace in their homeland.

Murder should be condemned, not rewarded.

Canada continues to support the ongoing peace process, and we will continue to promote regional cooperation and reconciliation. We encourage all parties to take the necessary measures to increase trust and constructively contribute to the peace process between Armenia and Azerbaijan.”

Lebanon

National Assembly

Nabih Berry, President

I received the Statement of the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia concerning the murder of the officer of the armed forces of the Republic of Armenia Gurgen Margaryan on 19 February 2004 in Budapest within the framework of NATO training “Partnership for Peace” Programme, and the transfer by Hungarian authorities to Azerbaijan of the criminal sentenced to life imprisonment after granting him pardon.

On behalf of the Lebanese National Assembly we strongly condemn setting free the criminal

INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

UNITED NATIONS

Secretary General

Ban Ki-moon (through Spokesperson Nesirky)

The Secretary-General is concerned about the developments surrounding the case of Mr. [Ramil] Safarov since his transfer on 31 August 2012 to Azerbaijan and subsequent pardon by Azerbaijani authorities. The UN underscores the responsibility of Member States to adhere to international standards and principles of rule of law in criminal cases in order to ensure accountability and fight impunity. As highlighted by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Co-Chairs in their recent statement, we hope that this issue will not damage the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process and trust between the sides. There is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.


UN HRC

Navi Pillay, High Commissioner for Human Rights

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Rupert Colville

Location: Geneva

Date: 7 September 2012

Subject: Press briefing note on Azerbaijan

We are seriously concerned about the case of Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani military officer who was sentenced to life in prison in Hungary for the brutal 2004 murder of an Armenian officer, Gurgen Markaryan, who was taking part in the same NATO training programme in Hungary. The murder was clearly ethnically motivated.

The concerns relate to the fact that, around a week ago, Safarov was extradited from Hungary to Azerbaijan, where instead of serving out the rest of his sentence, he was pardoned by the President, publicly praised, and promoted by the Defence Ministry. This has resulted in an international furore.

International standards regarding accountability for serious crimes should be upheld. Ethnically motivated hate crimes of this gravity should be deplored and properly punished – not publicly glorified by leaders and politicians.

We are also in full agreement with the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group who earlier this week expressed deep concern about “the damage the pardon and any attempts to glorify the crime have done to the [Nagorno-Karabakh] peace process and trust between the two sides.”

 EUROPEAN UNION

EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Commissioner Stefan Fule

03.09.2012

«The High Representative and Commissioner Fule are concerned by the news that the President of Azerbaijan has pardoned Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov, who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Armenian Army officer Gurgen Margaryan in Budapest in 2004.

Ramil Safarov was transferred from Hungary to Azerbaijan on 31 August on the basis of an Azerbaijani request, in the framework of the Convention of Strasbourg on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons of 21 March 1983, to serve the rest of his sentence. EU representatives are in contact with the relevant authorities and will continue to follow the situation closely.

In the interest of regional stability and on-going efforts towards reconciliation, the High Representative and Commissioner Fule reiterate their call on Azerbaijan and Armenia to exercise restraint, on the ground as well as in public statements, in order to prevent an escalation of the situation.»


European Union delegation at OSCE Permanent Council Nr 923

6 September 2012

The EU would like to draw the attention of the Permanent Council to the statement by the spokespersons of Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative, and Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, on the release of Ramil

Safarov, issued 3 September 2012:

«The High Representative and Commissioner Füle are concerned by the news that the President of Azerbaijan has pardoned Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov, who was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Armenian Army officer Gurgen Margaryan in Budapest in 2004.

Ramil Safarov was transferred from Hungary to Azerbaijan on 31 August on the basis of an Azerbaijani request, in the framework of the Convention of Strasbourg on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons of 21 March 1983, to serve the rest of his sentence. EU representatives are in contact with the relevant authorities and will continue to follow the situation closely.

In the interest of regional stability and on-going efforts towards reconciliation, the High Representative and Commissioner Füle reiterate their call on Azerbaijan and Armenia to exercise restraint, on the ground as well as in public statements, in order to prevent an escalation of the situation.»

The EU would also like to welcome the statement issued by the Co- Chairs of the Minsk Group on 3 September 2012, which was read out in the Permanent Council today by the representative of France, in the name of the three countries co-chairing the Minsk Group, and in which they expressed their deep concern and regret for the damage the pardon and any attempts to glorify the crime have done to the peace process and trust between the sides.

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European Parliament

Martin Schulz, President

02.09.2012

«The convention on the transfer of sentenced people should not be abused for political purpose. I am disturbed by what appears to be a politically motivated pardon of Mr. Safarov by the President of Azerbaijan.

At the same time, I urge Azerbaijan and Armenia to avoid any moves and statements that might exacerbate the situation.»

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/the-president/en/press/press_release_speeches/press_release/2012/2012-september/press_release-2012-september-2.html

The European Parliament

P7_TA-PROV(2012)0356

13 September 2012

Azerbaijan: the case of Ramil Safarov

Resolution of 13 September 2012 on Azerbaijan: the Ramil Safarov case (2012/2785(RSP))

The European Parliament,

– having regard to its previous resolutions on the situation in Azerbaijan, in particular those concerning human rights,

– having regard to the established practice of international law regarding transfer, namely the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, under which it was agreed that cooperation should be developed in order to further the ends of justice and the social rehabilitation of sentenced persons, by giving them the opportunity to serve their sentences within their own society,

– having regard to the statement issued by its President, Martin Schulz, on 5 September 2012 concerning the pardon granted to Ramil Safarov in Azerbaijan,

– having regard to the joint statement issued by the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, and Commissioner Štefan Füle on 3 September 2012 concerning the release of Mr Safarov,

– having regard to the statement issued by the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland, on 4 September 2012,

– having regard to the official letter received by the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary on 15 August 2012 from the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Vilayat Zahirov,

– having regard to its resolution of 18 April 2012 on the negotiations of the EU-Azerbaijan Association Agreement,1

– having regard to the statement issued by the Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, on

3 September 2012, in which he gave an assurance that Hungary had acted in accordance

with its international obligations,

– having regard to the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan, which entered into force in 1999, and to the ongoing negotiations between the two parties on a new association agreement to replace the previous one,

– having regard to Rules 122(5) and 110(4) of its Rules of Procedure,

A. whereas Ramil Safarov had been jailed in a Hungarian prison since 2004 after brutally killing an Armenian colleague during a course sponsored by NATO’s Partnership for Peace Programme in Budapest; whereas Mr Safarov had pleaded guilty and had expressed no remorse, defending his action on the grounds that the victim was Armenian;

1 Texts adopted, P7_TA(2012)0127.

B. whereas on 31 August 2012 Mr Safarov, a lieutenant of the Azerbaijani armed forces who had been convicted of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary, was transferred to Azerbaijan at the longstanding request of the Azerbaijani authorities;

C. whereas immediately after Mr Safarov was transferred to Azerbaijan the Azerbaijani President, Ilham Aliyev, pardoned him in line with the Constitution of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Article 12 of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons;

D. whereas Article 9 of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, to which Hungary and Azerbaijan are both signatory parties, states that a person sentenced in the territory of one state may be transferred to the territory of another in order to serve the sentence imposed on him or her, provided that the conditions laid down in that convention are met;

E. whereas the Deputy Minister of Justice of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Vilayat Zahirov, sent an official letter to the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice of Hungary on 15 August 2012, in which he stated that the execution of the decisions of foreign states’ courts regarding the transfer of sentenced persons to serve the remaining part of their prison sentences in the Republic of Azerbaijan were carried out in accordance with Article 9(1)(a) of the convention, without any conversion of their sentences; whereas he further gave an assurance that, according to the Criminal Code of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the punishment of a convict serving a life sentence could only be replaced by a court with a term of imprisonment for a specified period, and that the convict could be released on conditional parole only after serving at least 25 years of his or her prison sentence; and whereas the Azerbaijani authorities subsequently denied having given any diplomatic assurances to the Hungarian authorities;

F. whereas Lieutenant Safarov received a glorious welcome in Azerbaijan and a few hours after his return was granted a presidential pardon, set free and promoted to the rank of major during a public ceremony;

G. whereas the decision to set Mr Safarov free triggered widespread international reactions of disapproval and condemnation;

H. whereas on 31 August 2012 the Armenian President, Serzh Sargsyan, announced that Armenia was suspending its diplomatic relations with Hungary;

I. whereas Azerbaijan participates actively in the European Neighbourhood Policy and the Eastern Partnership, is a founding member of Euronest and has committed itself to respect democracy, human rights and the rule of law, which are core values of these initiatives;

J. whereas Azerbaijan has taken up a non-permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2012-2013 period and committed itself to uphold the values enshrined in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;

K. whereas Azerbaijan is a member of the Council of Europe and a party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) as well as to a number of other international human rights treaties, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;

1. Stresses the importance of the rule of law and of honouring commitments made;

2. Deplores the decision by the President of Azerbaijan to pardon Ramil Safarov, a convicted murderer sentenced by the courts of a Member State of the European Union; regards that decision as a gesture which could contribute to further escalation of the tensions between two countries, and which is exacerbating feelings of injustice and deepening the divide between those countries, and is further concerned that this act is jeopardising all peaceful reconciliation processes within the societies concerned and may undermine the possible future development of peaceful people-to-people contact in the region;

3. Considers that, while the presidential pardon granted to Mr Safarov complies with the letter of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, it runs contrary to the spirit of that international agreement, which was negotiated to allow the transfer of a person convicted on the territory of one state to serve the remainder of his or her sentence on the territory of another state;

4. Considers the presidential pardon granted to Mr Safarov as a violation of the diplomatic assurances given to the Hungarian authorities in Azerbaijan’s request for transfer on the basis of on the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons;

5. Deplores the hero’s welcome accorded to Mr Safarov in Azerbaijan and the decision to promote him to the rank of major and pay him eight years’ back salary upon his arrival, and is concerned about the example this sets for future generations and about the promotion and recognition he has received from the Azerbaijani state;

6. Takes the view that the frustration in Azerbaijan and Armenia over the lack of any substantial progress as regards the peace process in Nagorno-Karabakh does not justify either acts of revenge or futile provocations that add further tension to an already tense and fragile situation;

7. Expresses its support for the ongoing efforts of the European External Action Service (EEAS), the EU Special Representative for the South Caucasus and the Member States to defuse tensions and ensure that progress is made towards peace in the region;

8. Supports the Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group in their efforts to secure substantial progress in the peace process in Nagorno-Karabakh with a view to finding a lasting, comprehensive settlement in accordance with international law;

9. Insists that the EU should play a stronger role in the settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh by supporting the implementation of confidence-building measures which will bring together Armenian and Azerbaijani communities and spread ideas of peace, reconciliation and trust on all sides;

10. Reiterates its position that the association agreement currently being negotiated between the EU and Azerbaijan should include clauses and benchmarks relating to the protection and promotion of human rights and the rule of law;

11. Condemns all forms of terrorism and the use of threats of terrorism;

12. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the EEAS, the European Council, the Commission, the respective governments and parliaments of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia, the Council of Europe, the OSCE and the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism.

 European Union-Armenia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee (PCC)

Milan Cabrnoch, Co-Chair

06.09.2012 18:24

 “In my capacity as Chairman of the European Parliament Delegation to the EU-Armenia, EU-Azerbaijan and EU-Georgia Parliamentary Cooperation Committees, I express my deep concern about the Azerbaijani President’s decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, who was supposed to serve a life sentence for brutally murdering Gurgen Margaryan, an Armenian military officer, in Hungary in 2004.

For a number of years, the Members of our Delegation have redoubled their efforts in order to contribute to the improvement of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan through the parliamentary dialogue and, most recently, also through the Euronest PA.

Moreover, we have intensified the bilateral contacts with Armenia and Azerbaijan, by making use of the instruments of parliamentary diplomacy, in the hope to reduce regional tensions, promote reconciliation and contribute to finding a viable solution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Our Delegation has made it clear to its Armenian and Azerbaijani counterparts that respect for human rights, the rule of law and European values should always be at the heart of their European integration aspirations. In this context, the decision of Mr. Aliyev might be seen as a dangerous misuse of judicial proceedings.

I urge the authorities of Azerbaijan to show their commitment to the values I mentioned and strongly encourage Azerbaijan and Armenia to remain engaged in a reconciliation process.”

European Parliament, AFET committee

Elmar Brok, Chairman

Elmar Brok on the pardoning and glorification of Ramil Safarov

«I am deeply concerned about the decision to pardon Ramil Safarov upon arrival in Baku, to publicly glorify him, promote him to Major rank, pay him 8 years of salary and offer him an apartment. Azerbaijan had given a written promise to the Hungarian authorities that Mr Safarov would continue to serve the lifetime sentence for at least 25 years when he arrives in Azerbaijan. Now Azerbaijan has broken this promise. Safarov is an Azerbaijani soldier who murdered the Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan at their NATO training camp in Budapest in 2004. With the decision to set him free, Azerbaijan is circumventing the valid conviction of the court of an EU member state and is presenting a murderer as a role model to cheering children in Baku.»

Council of Europe

Thornbjorn Jagland, Secretary General

4 September 2012

http://www.coe.int/t/secretarygeneral/sg/default_EN.asp?

The murder — such as that committed by Ramil Safarov – cannot be glorified. Ramil Safarov was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in Hungary. On August 31, he was transferred to Azerbaijan, and immediately pardoned. I do not want to comment on the legal proceedings, but I find it unacceptable that a convicted murderer is welcomed as a hero. I reject the prospect of a world whose moral code begins to fray, where respect for human dignity is denied. This is not the Europe that we should wish for future generations. I condemn such glorification of crime, and urge that we all work to uphold the respect for life, and our values as defended by the Council of Europe.

 

Nils Muižnieks, Commissioner for Human Rights

18:22 • 04.09.12

“Racist crimes must not go unpunished. Violent offences motivated by bias, such as racial or inter-ethnic hatred, are a particularly pernicious form of criminality. Apart from the destructive effects on the victims and those close to them, they can be devastating to whole communities and unravel the very fabric of society. States are under an obligation to apply strongly dissuasive sanctions against those who have perpetrated bias-motivated crimes.”

“It is already highly regrettable if someone who commits a gruesome murder motivated by the victim’s ethnicity or nationality is treated with a leniency not displayed towards others convicted of crimes. However, to glorify and reward such a person flies in the face of all accepted standards for human rights protection and rule of law. Such glorification of hate crimes can only send a message that others belonging to the same ethnic group as the victim, or indeed other members of vulnerable groups, are “fair game”. This is an extremely dangerous message.”


PACE

Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

“I join the international condemnation of the ‘glorification’ of the terrible crime which Mr Safarov has committed, and for which he has been condemned by a court in a Council of Europe member state,” “His liberation is unacceptable, and I am extremely disappointed by the abusive use of a Council of Europe legal instrument in this affair.”

“This scandalous liberation is having very negative consequences on the already-strained relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and also risks destabilising the situation in the region. I call on the Azeri authorities to reconsider their position, in line with the standards and the ethos of the Council of Europe,”.


ECRI

Statement by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance concerning the pardoning in Azerbaijan of a person convicted of hate crime

Strasbourg, 4.9.2012 — The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) of the Council of Europe wishes to express consternation at the pardoning and release of Ramil Safarov, shortly after he had been transferred from Hungary to Azerbaijan in order to serve there a sentence of life imprisonment imposed by a Budapest court for the murder of a Armenian army officer in 2004.

ECRI’s position has always been that hate crime should be adequately punished. It is, therefore, concerned that developments such as those in the Safarov case risk cultivating a sense of impunity for the perpetrators of racist offences of the most serious nature. This could undermine in a fundamental manner the fight against racist violence, which unfortunately continues to plague many European countries.

ECRI is, in addition, apprehensive about the impact that the pardoning and release of Ramil Safarov might have on the general climate of opinion concerning the Armenian community in Azerbaijan. ECRI has repeatedly recognised the link between the harsh comments regularly made in this country about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and the discrimination that Armenians coming under Azerbaijan’s jurisdiction encounter in their daily lives. ECRI considers that, today more than ever, considerable efforts are needed on the part of the Azerbaijani authorities to ensure that these persons do not feel threatened.

ECRI wishes to draw the Azerbaijani authorities’ attention to the need to respect the values it has always promoted and to which they have subscribed when becoming a member of the Council of Europe. It urges them to take whatever measures are possible to redress the situation created by their handling of the Safarov case.


CSTO

Комментарий Генерального секретаря Организации Договора о коллективной безопасности Н.Бордюжи о ситуации вокруг решения властей Азербайджана помиловать убийцу армянского офицера

03.09.2012

Решение властей Азербайджана о помиловании и  освобождении от ответственности экстрадированного из Венгерской Республики убийцы армянского офицера идет вразрез с нормами международного права, ставит под сомнение дееспособность межгосударственной системы противодействия преступности.

Этот шаг, явно сделанный в угоду конъюнктурным политически целям, не может быть ничем оправдан. Более того, героизация преступника  будет лишь способствовать нарастанию и без того высокой региональной напряженности.

Убежден, что международное сообщество не замедлит дать объективную оценку случившемуся.

Генеральный секретарь ОДКБ Николай Бордюжа


NATO

Anders Fog Rasmussen, Secretary General

06.09.2012

http://www.panorama.am/am/politics/2012/09/06/rasmussen-a-f/

«Երբ ես հանդիպեմ Ադրբեջանի նախագահի հետ, նրան մի պարզ ուղերձ եմ փոխանցելու. ես խորապես մտահոգված եմ Ադրբեջանի որոշմամբ` հանցագործին ներում շնորհելու վերաբերյալ, քանի որ այդ որոշումը վնասում է վստահությանը: Այդ ահավոր և սահմռկեցուցիչ միջադեպը հանցագործություն է և չպետք է փառաբանվի»,- հայտարարեց ՆԱՏՕ-ի Գլխավոր քարտուղարն` արձագանքելով լրագրողներից մեկի դիտարկմանը, թե վաղը Բաքու կատարելիք այցի ընթացքում ինչպես է սեղմելու Իլհամ Ալիևի ձեռքը, որով նա ներում է շնորհել հանցագործին:

Անդերս ֆոգ Ռասմուսենի խոսքով` ստեղծված իրավիճակում «անհրաժեշտ է շեշտել, որ չպետք է վերադարձ կատարվի հակամարտությանը, անհրաժեշտ է տարածել խաղաղությունը և համագործակցություն հաստատել»:


NATO HQ

Simon de Manson,

մամուլի եւ լրատվամիջոցների բաժնի աշխատակից

19:21, 3 Սեպտեմբեր, 2012

ԵՐԵՎԱՆ, 3 ՍԵՊՏԵՄԲԵՐԻ, ԱՐՄԵՆՊՐԵՍ: ՆԱՏՕ-ն դատապարտում է ցանկացած գործողություն, որը բորբոքում է տարածաշրջանային լարվածությունը: «Կարեւոր է, որ բոլոր կողմերը զերծ մնան ցանկացած քայլից, որը չի նպաստում տարածաշրջանային համագործակցությանն ու համաձայնությանը: Սարսափելի միջադեպը, որը տեղ է գտել ութ տարի առաջ Հունգարիայում, ոճրագործություն էր: Այդ ցավալի գործողությունը դեմ էր ՆԱՏՕ-ի գործընկերների միջեւ համագործակցություն ու փոխըմբռնում ձեւավորող «Գործընկերություն` հանուն խաղաղության» ծրագրի սկզբունքներին»:

OTHER BODIES

NORDIC AND BALTIC FOREIGN MINISTERS IN VILNIUS

https://www.urm.lt/index.php?3123225419

2012-09-04

“We support the concern raised by the EU regarding the situation, which resulted from actions taken by the government of Azerbaijan in relation to Ramil Safarov. Our primary interest is stability in the South Caucasus region. Therefore, we hope that the countries will find a way out of the situation based on the generally recognized norms of international law,” Minister Ažubalis stressed.

NGO-s AND INDIVIDUALS

Amnesty International

Azerbaijani government sends dangerous message on ethnically-motivated violence

06.09.2012 18:17

Amnesty International is concerned that the actions of the Azerbaijani government following the extradition of Armed Forces Lieutenant Ramil Safarov will be perceived as an endorsement of ethnically-motivated violence.

The organization is concerned that these actions will ignite existing tensions between Azerbaijanis and Armenians and encourage further ethnically-motivated violence. It called on the governments of both countries to publicly condemn violence based on ethnicity.

“Safarov, who by his own admission all but decapitated another man in part because he was Armenian, was pardoned and then promoted to Major by President Aliyev following his release from prison on Friday.

By pardoning and then promoting Ramil Safarov, President Aliyev has signaled to Azerbaijanis that violence against Armenians is not only acceptable, but rewarded.

The Azerbaijani government should rescind any privileges awarded to Safarov and publicly condemn ethnic violence. The Armenian government must also make clear that retaliation against ethnic Azerbaijanis is not acceptable,” the Amnesty International said in a statement.

The European Friends of Armenia

06.09.2012 14:30

EuFoA  strongly welcomes the unprecedented condemnations of Azerbaijan’s anti-Armenian xenophobia by all European institutions and the international community. “We are appalled that the open provocation and physical threat by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev against Armenia and Armenians around the world has put the Karabakh conflict to the next level of escalation. This may be in the short term internal political interest of the President, who is facing “elections” in 2013. However, given his autocratic and so far unchallenged power base, the risk for him and his country and the damage caused stand in no relation to the short-lived political gain achieved through anti-Armenian nationalism and xenophobia,” the European Friends of Armenia said in a statement.

In the light of these events and following the repressions which became apparent during the Eurovision contest in Baku, EuFoA demands that the EU finally accepts that it must treat Azerbaijan more critically than Belarus, which is known to have the same internally repressive regime style, but without Azerbaijan’s militarization or the state-promoted xenophobia.

We were informed and strongly welcome that the EU’s Foreign Ministers will debate the issue at their upcoming GYMNICH meeting and that the European Parliament will debate an urgency resolution next week.

“Why we implement EU funded programmes with the oil-rich and notoriously anti-democratic government of Azerbaijan and conclude large-scale energy deals with them, while we apply sanctions against Belraus cannot be explained to European voters” comments EuFoA Secretary General Dr Michael Kambeck. “Towards Armenia we can only direct the warning not to step into the provocation trap which Aliyev has set up. I share the emotions for calls to now take harsh steps against Azerbaijan, but Armenia should be like a clever chess-player and keep an eye on the long-term interests.”

EuFoA also calls for steps to mend the relations with Hungary in time. “While the extradition decision was at least very naive, Hungary and Armenia share hundreds of years of historic ties and are both old Christian countries. Azerbaijan’s dirty game should not be allowed to destroy such links. Hungary is a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe and will need Armenia to enlarge this function. Armenia will need Hungary for the upcoming EU visa-facilitation decision and later for the Association Agreement. We welcome that the Hungarian government has quickly issued the strongest condemnation and that the Armenian President has called for a stop to burn Hungarian flags. Now some work needs to be done behind the scenes to overcome the problem.”

Armenian National Committee of Armenia

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Release ~ 2012-08-31

WASHINGTON, DC — The Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) today welcomed President Barack Obama’s expression of concern over Hungary’s extradition and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s subsequent decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, who was convicted for brutally murdering Armenian soldier Gurgen Margaryan, in his sleep, during a 2004 NATO exercise in Hungary.

The White House statement, issued in the name of National Security Council Spokesman Tommy Vietor, underscores the President’s view that, «This action is contrary to ongoing efforts to reduce regional tensions and promote reconciliation.» Vietor goes on to note that «The United States is also requesting an explanation from Hungary regarding its decision to transfer Safarov to Azerbaijan.»

The Department of State, through a formal announcement issued by Acting Deputy Spokesman Patrick Ventrell, also took a stand against Hungary’s extradition and Azerbaijan’s pardon, explaining that: «The United States is extremely troubled by the news that the President of Azerbaijan pardoned Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov, who returned to Baku today following his transfer from Hungary. . . . We are expressing our deep concern to Azerbaijan regarding this action and seeking an explanation. We are also seeking further details from Hungary regarding the decision to transfer Mr. Safarov to Azerbaijan.»

Pallone, Sherman, Berman, Schiff Issue Statements Condemning Safarov Release

Members of Congress have begun expressing their concern about the Hungarian and Azerbaijani decisions to release Safarov, with Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chair Frank Pallone (D-NJ) stating, «I am outraged by the reckless actions taken by the government of Azerbaijan in freeing Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani soldier who brutally murdered an unarmed Armenian soldier during a NATO-sponsored training program in Hungary. It is extremely egregious that the President of Azerbaijan has issued a decree granting pardon to a convicted murderer and has allowed him to walk free despite his conviction. These are not the actions of a government that is dedicated to justice and peace. Unfortunately, the actions taken by Azerbaijan only further confirm their desire to facilitate and condone violence against Armenia and its people.»

House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Democrat Howard Berman (D-CA) noted that «The Hungarian government owes the Margaryan family, the Armenian nation, all its NATO partners, and all participants in Partnership for Peace a sincere explanation and a profound apology for its inexplicable act. The Azerbaijani government’s decision to free Safarov is contemptible and a serious blow to hopes for Armenian-Azerbaijani peace.»

House Foreign Affairs Committee senior member Brad Sherman (D-CA) noted, «I am deeply dismayed by the Hungarian government’s decision to release an Azeri military officer who was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering an Armenian officer in cold blood in Budapest in 2004. . . I stand by our friend and ally Armenia in her ongoing quest for peace and security for her citizens. I call on the Azeri government to bring this individual to justice instead of freeing a convicted criminal.”

A lead sponsor of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.304) Adam Schiff (D-CA) concurred stating that he was «deeply disturbed to learn of the repatriation and subsequent pardoning of Ramil Safarov, who was convicted of killing Armenian Army officer Gurgen Margaryan. Hungary, where Safarov was supposed to be serving a life sentence, and Azerbaijan owe the international community an explanation for this terrible subversion of justice. This is an appalling result in the case of a confessed killer.»

ANCA-Europe

BRUSSELS—The European Armenian Federation for Justice and Democracy condemns Azerbaijan’s pardoning of Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant in the Azerbaijani army, who was recently extradited from Hungary, convicted for murder and serving a life sentence – with no expression of either regret or remorse – for the murder, beheading, of Armenian lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan, in his sleep, during a NATO Partnership for Peace program, in Budapest, in 2004.

As very few doubted, Safarov’s return to Baku was welcomed, as was his act of murder, by Ilham Aliyev’s government and regime. The Azerbaijani government apparently had committed to Hungary that they would continue his prison term; but the Azeri Lieutenant – not surprisingly – was promoted to the rank of Major, received a free apartment, eight years of back pay, and a hero’s welcome for the cold-blooded murder of a sleeping Armenian.

The facts of this cold blooded murder on EU soil, while on training with NATO, are clear indications to all those concerned, and especially the OSCE Minsk Group, who mediate for the Nagorno Karabakh conflict’s peaceful solution, in Mr. Vahan Hovhannesyan’s words – Member of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly Bureau, Vice-President of the Euronest PA —  “at least now, after the mean murderer is declared a national hero in Azerbaijan, the society in Hungary and other European countries must fully realize the reason why the Armenians in the Mountainous Karabakh will never agree to be under Azerbaijani rule.”

Hungary’s extradition of Safarov must be publicly criticized and openly condemned and demand from Baku explanations for pardoning and releasing him. Safarov must immediately return to prison for the remainder of his life sentence. A lack of a forceful European response to this injustice would, in addition to compromising the Union’s values of Human Rights, Rule of Law and Democracy, undermine the prospects for peace, regional cooperation and rule of law – and embolden an increasingly heavily armed Azerbaijani government to continue inciting its own citizens to violence, and encouraging it to continue its threats and actual acts of aggression against Armenia and Armenians all over the globe.

Kaspar Karampetian, President of the European Armenian Federation said: “the European Parliament has repeatedly condemned Azerbaijan’s Human Rights violations with resolutions and urgent resolutions. Clearly this is a country the government of which has no intentions of abiding by the rules of International Law. We urge to the European Union to consider values and laws before oil and gas deals, and stop on the occasion of every single provocation of Azerbaijan making calls to both parties to exercise restraint. At last, they must be clear and condemn Azerbaijan and their adventurous policies.”

Hungarian Evangelical Communities

Hungarian Evangelical communities have expressed their sympathy and support to the Armenian people on the decision to extradite and pardon Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov.

Bishop Péter Gáncs, Presiding Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Hungary and Bishop Gusztáv Bölcskei Ministerial President of the Synod of the Reformed Church in Hungary, sent a letter to His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, expressing solidarity with the Armenian people.

«We believe that it is only God who rightly judges all of us and that it is before Him that we all have to stand one day. However, authority and responsibility to serve and protect the society as a whole has been granted to the state, thus, to let criminals to enjoy freedom is against the order of God. We fully understand the anger of Armenian people over this reprehensible act of amnesty, and express our solidarity on behalf of our people. We believe that justice will be reinstated and peace and understanding will abide between our nations,” reads the letter.

Hungary red-faced after Azerbaijan frees murderer

Questions over strongman’s alleged pledge to buy billions in Hungarian bonds

http://www.budapesttimes.hu/2012/09/04/hungary-red-faced-after-azerbaijan-frees-murderer/

04 September 2012

…There were also protests in Hungary itself. By Sunday evening the Facebook group “Hey Armenia, sorry about our Prime Minister” had already amassed almost 9,000 members. The organisation “One million for Hungarian press freedom” also announced a demonstration of solidarity with Armenia on Kossuth tér, and called for an explanation from Viktor Orbán.
The largest opposition party, the Hungarian Socialist Party (MSZP) said that it was also waiting for an explanation of the events. At a Socialist party event on Sunday in Siófok Socialist MP Zsolt Molnár called for foreign minister János Martonyi to resign. Molnár, who is chairman of the parliamentary committee for national security, also demanded that Martonyi give answers at the next meeting of the committee as to why and how the extradition came about and whether consideration had been given to the safety of Hungarians living in Armenia.
Former prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány’s party, the Democratic Coalition (DK), went one step further and took to the streets. It swiftly repurposed a demonstration taking place in any case against the government’s education policy and marched from the state secretariat for education to the justice ministry. DK party chairman Gyurcsány adroitly linked the two topics: “A government that is willing to hawk the honour of the country for 30 pieces of silver and release a murderer from deserved execution of a prison sentence, is hardly in a position to introduce ethics teaching in schools”, Gyurcsány said. His remark was an allusion to reports in the weekly news magazine HVG that Azerbaijan had pledged to buy Hungarian government bonds with a value of as much as EUR 3 billion in exchange for handing over Safarov.

Gyurcsány told journalists that the Azerbaijani authorities had also appealed to his government to hand over Safarov. However, since it had been clear that Safarov would immediately be released in his homeland and celebrated as a hero, his government had refused the request, Gyurcsány said. He noted that Orbán must have been aware of the likely consequences in the absence of guarantees that the convicted murderer would continue to serve his sentence in his homeland, such as a promise from the Azerbaijani president.

Democratic Coalition deputy chairman Csaba Molnár accused the government of having “turned the honour of the Hungarians into goods for sale” and “brought shame on the country”. He accused Prime Minister Viktor Orbán of “preferring to beg money from the devil” than to reach an agreement with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Candles were lit at the end of the demonstration in memory of the Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan, who was axe murdered in his bed in 2004.

Far-right party Jobbik took a more laid-back view of events. Deputy parliamentary party group leader and deputy chairman of the parliamentary commission for foreign affairs Márton Gyöngyösi said that the extradition was fully in line with international law. He told state news agency MTI that the Armenian reaction was “over the top and hysterical”. Gyöngyösi also commented that his party had announced a policy of opening up to the East, in which Azerbaijan was identified as a strategic partner, ahead of the last general elections. Regardless of the current case, Azerbaijan would continue to be regarded as a such a partner, he said.

Opposition calls on “morally bankrupt” Orbán to quit

By MTI, http://www.politics.hu/20120912/opposition-calls-on-morally-bankrupt-orban-to-quit/

September 12th, 2012

The prime minister is “morally bankrupt” and should resign after admitting that he personally approved the transfer of the Azeri axe murderer while knowing the likely consequences, the leader of the opposition Socialists said on Tuesday.

Attila Mesterhazy said it was clear from Orban’s comments at a news conference today that he had been aware that Azerbaijan would release the life-sentenced Ramil Safarov after his repatriation.

Mesterhazy said Orban had been warned by Foreign Minister Janos Martonyi and Justice Minister Tibor Navracsics about the likely consequences and he took the decision nevertheless. Orban took this decision “without thinking”and is the only one to blame for the scandal, he added.

If Orban refuses to resign, Fidesz lawmakers should try to control him and prevent his actions from causing further damage to the country, the Socialist leader said.

Orban told a press conference earlier in the day that “nothing happened after our decision that we did not expect”. He was responding to an article published by the online news portal origo.hu which accused Orban of ordering the transfer of Ramil Safarov with full knowledge that he would be released on his return to his homeland sooner or later.

Orban said the decision was taken at a government level and all ministries affected were involved, but he, “naturally, as always,” had the final say.

Janos Lazar, head of the Prime Minister’s Office, rejected news website origo.hu’s information that the issue had been discussed at a recent Fidesz board session. He said that Prime Minister Viktor Orban had not given any kind of instruction to transfer Safarov, nor had he been in a position to.

Mesterhazy insisted that Lazar had been “lying” when he told Origo that Orban had “not given any orders” to repatriate Safarov.

The topic of the repatriation of the Azeri axe murderer to his native Azerbaijan was taken off the agenda of the parliamentary national security committee’s Tuesday session at the initiative of ruling Fidesz deputy Mate Kocsis.

Mesterhazy said he disagreed with this decision, saying a national security investigation into the transfer would be appropriate.

Safarov, sentenced to life imprisonment for killing an Armenian in Budapest in 2004, was transferred from Hungary to Azerbaijan on August 31. On arrival in Baku, he was pardoned by the president and released. Armenia suspended diplomatic relations with Hungary later that day.

Рахман Бадалов, научный сотрудник Академии наук Азербайджана

05.09.2012

История офицера азербайджанской армии Рамиля Сафарова взорвала наше общество. Одни (большинство) называют его героем, другие – преступником, полярные позиции провоцируют бесконечные взаимообвинения, которые не позволяют спокойно и трезво оценить происшедшее. Об этом на страницах сетевого издания Kultura.az пишет профессор, научный сотрудник Академии наук Азербайджана Рахман Бадалов, чью статью представляем полностью.

Напрашивается аналогия с делом капитана французской армии Дрейфуса (наша история, более уродливая), которая, в своё время, расколола французское общество. В те годы, во Франции, военное сословие, клерикалы, националисты, плюс те, кто придерживался антисемитских взглядов, не просто поддерживали сторону обвинения, но и нагнетали националистическую истерию, которая, как обычно, заглушает голос разума и совести. В этих условиях многие представители французской интеллигенции сочли своим долгом выступить в защиту капитана Дрейфуса, чья вина не была доказана на суде. Добавлю, что позиция французской интеллигенции, в том числе знаменитая статья Эмиля Золя «Я обвиняю», не просто помогли последующей реабилитации капитана Дрейфуса, но и сыграли большую роль в последующем взрослении французского общества.

В этих условиях, считаю своим гражданским долгом высказать свою позицию по делу Рамиля Сафарова, избегая каких-либо тактических уловок.

Скажу сразу, не будучи юристом, не могу дать юридическую оценку процессу экстрадиции и помилования офицера азербайджанской армии, но не могу не обратить внимания на мнение многих наших ведущих юристов, которые признали, что указ президента оказался поспешным и юридически далеко не безупречным.

Перейду к изложению собственной позиции.

Первое.

Экстрадицию и последующее помилование можно было бы считать приемлемыми, если бы не последующие действия властей (торжественная встреча в аэропорту, повышение в военном звании, оплата жалованья за все годы пребывания в венгерской тюрьме, предоставление квартиры, и пр.). По существу помилование превратилось в реабилитацию, что крайне неприемлемо, поскольку речь шла о преступлении, которое было доказано в ходе судебного разбирательства.

Второе.

Рамиль Сафаров не просто совершил преступление, с моей точки зрения, он переступил границы чести и достоинства офицера. Во все времена, во всех армиях, даже в глубокой архаике, существовали те или иные нормы военной этики, нарушать которые считалось постыдным. Необходимо называть вещи своими именами: зарубить топором во сне спящего человека не достойно для любого человека, тем более для офицера, и подобный поступок требует решительного осуждения, невзирая на обстоятельства, в которых этот поступок был совершён.

Подчеркну, что нарушение этих принципов должно осуждаться жёстче, чем нарушение той или иной статьи Уголовного кодекса, поскольку только табу на подобные поступки, позволяет обществу не впасть в дикость и всеобщее озлобление.

Третье.

Героизация Рамиля Сафарова резко противопоставляет его подлинным героям Карабахской войны, многие из которых погибли непосредственно в войне. Мы знаем, как живут сегодня инвалиды Карабахской войны, как попираются их права, в каких невыносимых условиях живут семьи многих солдат и офицеров, погибших в Карабахской войне. В этих условиях какое-либо возвеличивание преступника, нарушившего элементарные принципы военной этики, является прямым оскорблением памяти погибших в Карабахской войне.

Четвёртое.

Мне неоднократно приходилось писать, что нельзя превращать Карабахскую войну в этническую войну с армянами. Это неприемлемо, поскольку подобное атавистическое чувство, во многом изжито цивилизованным человечеством. С другой стороны, это ставит нас в двусмысленное положение, поскольку мы публично соглашаемся с предоставлением высокой степени автономии гражданам Нагорного Карабаха. Именно интонация и лексика этнического противостояния, которую можно обнаружить не только в статьях некоторых наших журналистов, но и в заявлениях многих наших политиков, делают актуальным вопрос о безопасности армянского населения, которое живёт и, по нашим заявлениям, будет дальше жить в нашей стране.

Пятое.

Аргументы в защиту Рамиля Сафарова невозможно строить на подборке аналогичных фактов из действий другой стороны. Всем нам знакомы подобные «аргументы» из школьных лет: «а почему ему можно, а мне нельзя», «если он так сделает, я отвечу тем же», которые для зрелого общества следует признать инфантильными. Гнусный поступок должен быть назван гнусным, и ни в коей мере не может оправдываться гнусностью поступков другого.

Шестое.

Раздаются голоса, что история с Рамилем Сафаровым возродит угасший в обществе интерес к Карабахской проблеме, что она может стать стимулом к подъёму патриотизма в наших людей. На мой взгляд, мысль настолько же оскорбительная, насколько кощунственная. Поступок за границами чести и достоинства, не имеет никакого отношения к подлинному патриотизму, а способен только провоцировать самые низменные чувства людей.

Наконец, последнее.

Убеждён, история с Рамилем Сафаровым, и, скажу прямо, импульсивные, во многом бездумные, действия наших властей (это самое мягкое, что можно сказать по этому поводу), нанесли огромный урон имиджу нашей страны.

Во-первых. Мы отодвинули решение Карабахского конфликта, и потребуются огромные усилия, чтобы удержать обе стороны от бесконечной силовой риторики. Я говорю не столько о начале боевых действий (не предвижу ничего подобного), сколько о поступках, по своему смыслу, террористических.

Во-вторых. Потребуются не меньшие усилия всех наших здравых людей, интеллигенции, в первую очередь, чтобы мы не выглядели в мире моральными изгоями

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