September 3, 2012 - 12:14 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Armenians of Norway will gather on Monday, September 3, at 2pm to hold a protest action in front of Hungary’s embassy in Oslo.
Protesters will demand apology for extradition of Azeri murderer Ramil Safarov, who was sentenced to life and later transferred to Azerbaijan by Hungary.
A protest letter with a demand to restore justice will be handed to the representatives of the embassy. Copies of the letter will be presented to Mr Jonas Gahr Støre, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Mr. Janos Herman, Ambassador and Head of Delegation of the European Union, Mr. Helge Lund, President and CEO of Statoil.
“Armenians and non-Armenians who are for international justice and rule of law, are outraged on these developments and expect further steps to be undertaken on the Hungarian side to condemn this breach of law and restore justice. Safarov’s extradition is not only a grave violation of justice, a threat to the renewal of regional conflicts in the Caucasus, but also a signal to Azerbaijan to continue encouraging and justifying hatred against Armenian among its citizens,” the Armenian Cultural Association of Norway said in a statement.
“As fairly pointed out by President Obama, Hungarian and Azerbaijani governments’ actions are harming the ongoing efforts to reduce regional tensions and promote reconciliation. This step has not only endangered the peace process mediated between Azerbaijan and Armenia by OSCE Minsk Group Co-chairs, but also threatens with further escalation and possible outbreak of armed confrontation in the already fragile region.”
The Association reminds that Sweden’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Carl Bildt. Shared his concerns through a message on twitter, “Strange decision in Azerbaijan to pardon man having murdered an Armenian in Hungary. Rule of law must apply.”
“There has not been any reaction from Norwegian government yet. The Ambassador of Armenia to Denmark and Norway, H.E. Hrachya Aghajanyan, through ABC Nyheter daily, expressed hopes for reactions from Norwegian public and authorities, to such an unacceptable step, which undermines respect for law, human rights and human dignity,” the Association said.