September 26, 2012 - 15:03 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - The extradition and pardoning of Azeri axe-killer Ramil Safarov will consolidate current status quo in Karabakh conflict, the deputy director of Caucasus Institute said.
As Sergey Minasyan told a news conference in Yerevan, “no progress in Karabakh settlement talks is to be expected in foreseeable future.”
“Armenia and NKR adhere to their stance of allowing no concessions in exchange for security until the status of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic is determined,” the expert concluded.
Ramil Safarov, the Azerbaijani army officer who was serving a life sentence in Hungary for axing to death Armenian Lt. Gurgen Margaryan, was extradited to Azerbaijan and pardoned by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.
Official Yerevan reacted by suspending diplomatic ties with Hungary.
Hungary, however, states that it had sent Safarov back to Azerbaijan after receiving assurances from the Azerbaijani Justice Ministry that Safarov's sentence, which included the possibility of parole after 25 years, would be enforced.
According to some reports, Safarov was extradited to Azerbaijan in exchange for Azeri purchase of Hungarian securities worth Euro 2-3 billion, an information official Budapest denies.
“Hungarian prime minister is “morally bankrupt” and should resign after admitting that he personally approved the transfer of the Azeri axe murderer while knowing the likely consequences,” the leader of the opposition Socialists said earlier.
Attila Mesterhazy said it was clear from Orban’s comments at a news conference on Tuesday September 11 that he had been aware that Azerbaijan would release the life-sentenced Ramil Safarov after his repatriation.