Must be no return to conflict Armenia/Azerbaijan. Tensions must be reduced & steps taken to promote regional cooperation & reconciliation— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 6, 2012
I am deeply concerned by the Azerbaijani decision to pardon officer Safarov. Act he committed was terrible crime and should not be glorified— AndersFogh Rasmussen (@AndersFoghR) September 6, 2012
Dangerous situation developing between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Everyone must now show restraint. And responsibility.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_Dat…— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) September 3, 2012
Sentenced to life in Hungary for killing an Armenian, Safarov pardon is in conflict with efforts to ease tensions in the region— MFA Russia (@MFA_Russia) September 3, 2012
As co-chair of the #OSCE Minsk Group on Nagorny Karabakh, Russia is concerned about Baku’s pardon of Safarov who killed an Armenian officer— MFA Russia (@MFA_Russia) September 3, 2012
In House: RFE/RL's Daisy Sindelar and Arifa Kazimova on all the different flash points in the Safarov case:excerpt:
Erkin Gaderli, a lawyer and a member of the Republican Alternative opposition group, says he believes "no one" in Azerbaijan "seriously" thinks of Safarov as a hero.
But at the same time, he acknowledges that ordinary Azerbaijanis are confounded by the continued deadlock over Nagorno-Karabakh, and have fallen into a tit-for-tat relationship with Armenia, with each side looking to best the other on even insignificant issues.
"There is an emotion growing in society, and it's a reflection of a deep frustration with the conflict in the occupied territories," Gaderli says. "And there is a growing expectation that somehow, someday this must come to an end. Many people think that something needs to be done in response to Armenia. So whatever Armenia has done, for good or for bad, should somehow be retaliated." [read full piece]
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