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Safarov's case goes back to the Nagorno-Karabakh issue?2012-10-25 16:01
Despite the fact that much time has passed since the liberation of Ramil Safarov, this fact still attracts international attention. They talk that Safarov's pardon could harm relations between Hungary and Azerbaijan. But the time will show. It is now clear that the case of Azerbaijani officer won't spoil the development of Azerbaijani-Hungarian cooperation. A political analyst Farhad Mammadov believes that the roots of the scandal around Ramil Safarov can be found in long-standing dispute between Baku and Yerevan. "This case is a result of the Karabakh conflict", he said.
Analyzing bilateral Azerbaijani-Hungarian relations, the head of the Centre for Strategic Studies (CSS) under the President of Azerbaijanб Farhad Mammadov has touched upon the release of Azerbaijani officer. "Safarov's arrest in Hungary, his extradition to Azerbaijan and the subsequent presidential pardon - all this has happened in accordance with Hungarian and Azerbaijani law and international legal standards. As for the other interpretations, they all have emotional overtones. Response of certain countries has provoked our concern due to the double approach, as these countries had kept silent when Garabedyan, the perpetrator of terrorist attack in the Orly Airport, was declared a national hero of Armenia. International response to the case of Safarov was a consequence of the pressure of the Armenian diaspora on the governments of countries in which they live. And my personal opinion is that this case is a consequence of the Karabakh conflict, which is still waiting to be solved", said the analyst.
From the very beginning of this process, that is, from the date of the arrest and conviction of Ramil Safarov, some international observers presented this as a case that had spoiled much of the Azerbaijani-Hungarian relations. "In short, regardless of the case of Safarov, we will further develop our bilateral relations. This will take time, since we first need to sign the necessary policy documents, and then create the economic infrastructure, as well to acquaint our peoples with each other. Safarov's, of course, has cast a shadow on this process, but in fact has not affected the process of integration and the development of our relations", Farhad Mammadov says.
Azerbaijan is developing relations with all countries that respect international law and take a fair position in the resolution of international conflicts. This applies to the nearest neighbors. But, unfortunately, the Armenian troops located in the Azerbaijani land, and the occupation of 20 percent of the territory of Azerbaijan, causes a negative impact on bilateral relations.
"And nevertheless we are willing the Karabakh Armenians and Azeris to live in peace", Mamedov says. "We are ready to ensure the safety of the Armenians in Karabakh, to create conditions for economic development and the preservation of their cultural identity. Europe has the main tool for achieving this. If the problem is resolved, Armenia gives prospects in Azerbaijan and Turkey. This is a very important aspect, as the conflict leads to the degradation of the Armenian independence.
Armenians contend that given an annual budget of 2.7 billion the shortfall amounts 400 million. This means that we must find a way, the first step in order to open the borders. We also must demilitarize the territory, after which we would start negotiations on the status of Nagorno-Karabakh. Indeed, to this day there is a debate about the Basque land, but that does not mean that there are no opportunities for civilized conduct", says Farhad Mammadov.