WHY IS ARMENIA SURPRISED AT AZERBAIJAN AFTER SAFAROV CASE? – POLITICAL SCIENTIST
October 25, 2012 | 12:50
YEREVAN. – It is incomprehensible as to why Armenia is surprised
at Azerbaijan’s true image after the Ramil Safarov case, Caucasus
Institute Director, political scientist Alexander Iskandaryan said
during a press conference on Thursday.
In his words, Safarov’s extradition could have surprised Europe, but
not Armenia and Azerbaijan. “I was very much surprised that Armenia
yet again ‘uncovered’ Azerbaijan’s [true] image following Safarov’s
extradition,” Iskandaryan added.
As per the analyst, the fact that such incidents have occurred before,
should conclude that it would have been impossible to get in the way
of the talks for Safarov’s extradition. “If you are asking whether
this incident can be used in diplomacy, it is certainly possible,”
the analyst said.
Alexander Iskandaryan believes the European countries’ reaction to what
transpired is not surprising and it is predictable. “Hungary likewise
was angered by its own government’s decision to extradite Safarov. The
European community cannot react in any other manner,” he noted.
Armenian News-NEWS.am reported earlier that Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant
in the Azerbaijani military, was extradited on August 31 from Hungary,
where he was serving a life sentence-and with no expression of
either regret or remorse-for the premeditated axe murder of Armenian
lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan, in his sleep, during a NATO Partnership
for Peace program in Budapest back in 2004.
As expected, Ramil Safarov’s return to Baku was welcomed, as was
his act of murder, by the officials of president Ilham Aliyev’s
government and much of Azerbaijani society, and the Azerbaijani
president immediately granted him a pardon.
And Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan announced on August 31 that
Armenia is suspending its diplomatic ties with Hungary.
Ramil Safarov’s pardoning is condemned by virtually all international