SERZH SARGSYAN: THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA CANNOT TOLERATE HUNGARY'S DEAL WITH AZERBAIJAN

Mediamax
http://www.mediamax.am/en/news/politics/5704/
Aug 31 2012
Armenia

Yerevan, August 31. /Mediamax/. Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan
said today that "we suspend diplomatic relations and all official
ties with Hungary".

The President said this at the meeting with the heads of diplomatic
missions of UN member states and heads of representations of
international organizations accredited in Armenia.

The President particularly said:

"Distinguished Ambassadors:

Unfortunately today we invited you to the President's Office on
an extraordinary occasion. As you should know, an officer of the
Azeri military who had killed Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan,
was transferred to Azerbaijan. The President of Azerbaijan - and we
have been warning about it - has immediately granted pardon to him.

This has happened because the Government of Hungary, a member State
of the European Union and NATO, has made a deal with the authorities
of Azerbaijan.

I do not want to revisit the circumstances of the murder of Gurgen
Margaryan; you are very well aware of them. As the trial had shown,
the horrendous manslaughter took place only because Gurgen Margaryan
was an Armenian.

Immediately after this crime had been perpetrated the Hungarian
authorities as well as our partners - EU and NATO member states, were
continually urging us to refrain from politicizing the process. We
were continually urged to trust the judiciary of Hungary, a member
State to those important alliances.

We have been closely following all the developments around that
criminal. This issue has been discussed during each and every meeting
with the President, Speaker of the Parliament, Foreign Minister and
Ambassador of Hungary, and we have been assured on numerous occasions
that such a transfer or a return of a criminal to Azerbaijan was
excluded. We have received that same response to our requests
during our contacts just a few days ago with the representatives
of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry and Parliament. But as a result
of perfidious developments the murderer has turned up in Baku and
got released.

I have nothing to say about Azerbaijan - just plainly nothing. That
country speaks about itself with the actions it takes, and I am not
the one to explain those steps.

Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen:

With their joint actions the authorities of Hungary and Azerbaijan
have opened the door for the recurrence of such crimes. With this
decision they convey a clear message to the butchers. The slaughterers
hereafter are well aware of impunity they can enjoy for the murder
driven by ethnic or religious hatred.

I CAN NOT TOLERATE THAT.

THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA CAN NOT TOLERATE THAT.

THE ARMENIAN NATION WILL NEVER FORGIVE THAT.

I officially announce that as of today we suspend diplomatic relations
and all official contacts with Hungary.

We expect a precise and unambiguous response by all our partners with
regard to this incident.

Anyone who tolerates this, will tomorrow be held responsible to
history.

Half-measures and circumlocution are not acceptable.

We will judge the attitude of our partners towards the security of
the Armenian nation by their response to this incident.

I request you urgently to convey this as my personal message to the
Heads of your States and Governments.

That is all I wanted to say. I do not know if Q&A will make sense or
not? I think it won't since what happened can hardly be accommodated
by a reasonable mind. A country that considers itself developed and
civilized does not have the right to behave this way and it well
deserves proper assessment by its partners". --0--




From: A. Papazian