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By pardoning murderer Ramil Safarov, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has consolidated the idea on the necessity to recognize the NKR's independence among the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, MP from the Orinats Yerkir Party Faction Hovhannes Margaryan said at today's press conference.
He said that after such manifestation of Azerbaijan's xenophobia against Armenians, the presence of the Armenian-populated Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in the structure of Azerbaijan is out of question. Consequently, the only guarantee of security for the NKR is the recognition of its independence. He also pointed out that Armenia should demand legal and moral assessment of this incident. He added that the resolution adopted by the European Parliament on September 13 has become the first crack in the concrete wall.
In the meantime, MP from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia Mkrtich Minasyan thinks that the resolution was too mild and did not force Azerbaijan to take steps to come out of the current situation. "This resolution does not say a single word about the debates; the EP members only expressed their regret and called on the parties to something inconceivable", he said. Minasyan added that the resolution has had a negative effect on the EU image, as everybody has understood that moral standards have no value.
Leader of the Democratic Party of Armenia Aram Sargsyan pointed out that the resolution will not affect the trade and economic cooperation of Azerbaijan and the EU countries. "This proves that nobody is interested in morality, everybody pursues their own interests", he said.
To note, on September 13 the European Parliament adopted the resolution condemning extradition of Ramil Safarov from Hungary and pardoning in Baku. One of the speeches made during the session characterized Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev as a mafia boss, who supports his follower. The participants also touched on the Karabakh peace process and the rough violation of the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons. The document says that Ilham Aliyev's decision on pardoning Safarov escalates the tension between the sides even more.