Sept 7 2012
Karabakh conflict has no military solution
BAKU. Sept 7
Azerbaijan and Armenia should deal with the Nagorno-Karabakh problem
using peaceful instruments, said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh
The conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has no military solution, and
dialogue, cooperation and compromise are the only way to move further,
he told students of the Diplomatic Academy of Azerbaijan in Baku on
Although NATO is not involved in the settlement, it fully backs the
efforts being made by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in
Europe’s Minsk Group, he said.
Rasmussen also expressed concern about the recent decision to pardon
Azeri officer Ramil Safarov. Safarov committed a horrible crime and
his pardon does not facilitate the peaceful settlement of the Karabakh
conflict, he said, adding that much depends on efforts to ease
tensions in the regions and to start cooperation.
Rasmussen urged Azerbaijan to confine democratic and military reforms,
saying that NATO is cooperating with Azerbaijan in the spheres of
energy and cyber security, minesweeping and other areas.
Ramil Safarov, who had the rank of senior lieutenant in the Azeri
army, murdered Armenian army lieutenant Gurgen Margarian in 2004 in
Budapest, where both had been attending an English language course as
part of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program.
In 2006, a Budapest court gave Safarov a life sentence without the
right to seek pardon for the first 30 years of the term.
However, Hungary extradited Safarov to Azerbaijan on August 31,
assuming that the officer would serve the rest of his term in his own
country, but Azeri President Ilham Aliyev pardoned him the same day
while Defense Minister Safar Abiyev promoted him to major, headed him
keys to a new apartment, and returned him pay for eight and a half