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Safarov's case won't spoil Armenia's relations with NATO2012-09-06 15:12
The incident around the release and pardon of the Azerbaijani Ramil Safarov, who murdered Gurgen Margaryan in 2004 in Budapest, should not affect the relations between Armenia and NATO, said the President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Unfortunately, in recent years we have witnessed that the universal principles and the principles of NATO have been violated, but that should not affect the relations between Armenia and NATO", the head of state said at a joint news conference with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the New-Armenia reported.
President noted that Armenia is ready and determined to maintain and develop the current level of cooperation with NATO. "Today's security challenges require a unified and comprehensive approach", Serzh Sargsyan said.
At the same time, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen stated that he was "deeply concerned by Azerbaijan's decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, since it does not contribute to the peace process and undermines the trust", the VZGLIAD reported.
Anders Fogh Rasmussen called "not to make a hero" of this criminal.
Today, NATO Secretary General also visits Georgia.
Recall, recently Budapest filed a protest against Baku's decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, who murdered an Armenian officer in 2004.
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Zsolt Nemeth handed a note of protest to the Ambassador of Azerbaijan in Budapest on August 4.
Hungary accuses Azerbaijan of violating previous agreements under which Safarov was to continue to serve prison term at home, and the possibility of parole could be granted only after 25 years from beginning of detention.