ARMENIAN MP’S SPEECH CAUSES HUNGARIAN DELEGATION TO APOLOGIZE – NEWSPAPER
October 30, 2012 | 08:01
YEREVAN. – The 127th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly was
held in Quebec City, Canada, Irates De Facto newspaper reports.
“[Former Minister of Economics and Trade] Karen Chsmarityan and [the
coalition Government’s junior member Orinats Yerkir (Rule of Law) Party
(RLP) National Assembly Faction leader] Heghine Bisharyan attended the
[IPU] Assembly from Armenia.
During the discussion of special matters, the Azerbaijani delegate
considered it as his sacred duty to inform the delegates from 162
countries that ‘thirty-thousand Armenians live in Azerbaijan today,
[and] Azerbaijan treats them very well,’ and that the Armenians have
occupied twenty percent of the Azerbaijani territory.
Heghine Bisharyan delivered an address in response and informed those
present that no Armenian can live in that Azerbaijan whose citizen
kills a sleeping man with an axe at night [and] at the heart of Europe,
[and] in that Azerbaijan where the killer is made a hero at the level
of the country’s first [official] person. ‘There are no Armenians
living in Azerbaijan [today], they live in Nagorno-Karabakh [NK],
and today NK is an independent and a free country[, Bisharyan noted.’
Following her address, Hungary’s delegation approached the Armenian
delegation, apologized in connection with their government’s
extradition of [Ramil] Safarov, and proposed to restore the
parliamentary-level ties with Armenia,” Irates De Facto writes.
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