Council of Europe Secretary General considers Safarov's extradition
and pardon unacceptable

September 29, 2012 | 10:50

YEREVAN. - Armenian FM Edward Nalbandian, who is in New York to attend
the UN General Assembly session, on Friday continued his meetings with
his colleagues from a variety of countries and with international
organization heads.

During his talk with Council of Europe (CoE) Secretary General
Thorbjørn Jagland, they discussed the preparations for Armenia's CoE
chairmanship next year and planning the priorities of this
chairmanship, and the Armenia-CoE Action Plan, Armenian MFA informs.

Reflecting on Ramil Safarov's release and subsequent glorification in
Azerbaijan, Thorbjørn Jagland considered this to be impermissible. In
this connection, Armenia's FM highly appreciated the CoE Secretary
General's and CoE organizations' unequivocally and unanimously
condemning response.

Armenian 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