Armenian Envoy: It Is Up To Hungarian Authorities To Find Out How To

ARMENIAN ENVOY: IT IS UP TO HUNGARIAN AUTHORITIES TO FIND OUT HOW TO REPAIR DAMAGED RELATIONS WITH ARMENIA

Panorama.am
05/09/2012

The government of Azerbaijan has spent the last eight years trying
to convince Budapest to release from its custody Ramil Safarov, an
Azeri soldier who in 2004 murdered his Armenian roommate in Budapest,
purely out of hate for Armenia. Ferenc Gyurcsany, Hungary’s former
socialist prime minister, denied repeated requests from Baku, as he
was not convinced that the Azeri counterparts would honour their end
of the deal, by ensuring that Safarov remains in custody to serve
his life sentence. Current Prime Minister Viktor Orban was much
less circumspect than his predecessor, and seemingly had no qualms
releasing the axe murderer to Azerbaijan on August 31st, 2012, where
fans greeted him as a hero and where he received a presidential pardon,
only to be released immediately upon arrival. The Canadian Hungarian
Journal contacted Armenian Ambassador Armen Yeganian, in Ottawa, and
the diplomat did not mince his words when expressing his outrage at
Hungary’s careless handling of this situation.

– Does the Armenian government expect that its diaspora communities
(including those in Canada) will likely protest Safarov’s transfer
to Azerbaijan by Hungarian authorities and is this an issue which
has really captured the interest of Armenians living abroad?

– We are all terribly outraged about this deal. These kinds of grave
political, diplomatic mistakes happen very rarely in our history. This
issue really captured the interest of Armenians living abroad. Yes,
the President of the Republic of Armenia said, that “our people abroad
ought to speak out on this”. Armenian communities around the world,
and particularly here in Canada, are very good citizens of their host
counties, but at the same time are very dedicated Armenians.

– We understand that this has caused serious consternation for the
Armenian government and we, along with many other newspapers and
individuals in Hungary and in Hungarian communities abroad, were both
surprised and deeply disturbed to witness such careless, unethical and
irresponsible behaviour on the part of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s
government. What can Hungarian authorities do to make amends and help
restore the diplomatic ties between Hungary and Armenia?

– It is up to Hungarian authorities to find out how to repair the
damaged relations with Armenia, long standing friend, how to reconsider
their relations with Azerbaijan and finally how to save the terribly
damaged image of Hungary itself in the international arena.

As you probably know, President Obama, Russian, French, Swedish and
many other high authorities has spoken already about this in unison,
harshly criticizing both Azerbaijan and Hungary.

Hungary attempts to present itself as a cheated side. We can not
believe it, because the Armenian side warned the Hungarians over
the course of all these 8 years against such an action and recently
informed them about the inevitability of the release of that criminal
after his transfer.

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