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RFE/RL's Coverage of Rising Tensions Between Azerbaijan and Armenia


Azerbaijani military officer Ramil Safarov, center, walks in Azerbaijan's Martyrs' Alley national memorial in Baku, 31Aug2012

Azerbaijani military officer Ramil Safarov, center, walks in Azerbaijan's Martyrs' Alley national memorial in Baku, 31Aug2012

Azerbaijan has pardoned Ramil Safarov, an army lieutenant convicted in the 2004 ax murder of Armenian soldier Gurgen Margarian, while both were in Hungary for a language course in 2004 organized by NATO. Safarov had been jailed for life in Hungary, but he was handed over to Azerbaijan last week and given a hero's welcome.

# As reflected in this video, Azerbaijanis are almost united in their approval of their government's move to pardon Safarov. What's behind the passions in the case? Correspondents Arife Kazimova and Daisy Sindelar report.

# Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev faces growing international criticism for pardoning Safarov, including from the EU and Russia.

# "Our country's president is taller than your president." As Armenia and Azerbaijan squabble Safarov case, the long-festering regional rivalry appears to have devolved into the absurd.

For breaking news and additional coverage of Azerbaijan, follow Azerbaijan's Radio Azadliq and Armenia's Radio Azatutyun.
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