Marat Terterov: Armenia’s long term security will be better served by strengthening economic security, rather than defining national security on the basis of the Tsarist Russian catch-cry “armiya i flot”
Extradition and pardon of Azerbaijani murderer Ramil Safarov has ruled out possibility of a progress in the Karabakh peace process, Sergey Minasyan, Deputy Head of the Caucasus Institute, told media on September 26.
On August 31 the Armenian authorities adopted a decision to suspend diplomatic relations and official contacts with Hungary after the Hungarian authorities extradited Azeri officer Ramil Safarov, who was sentenced by a Hungarian court to life in jail for killing sleeping Armenian officer Gurgen Margaryan with an axe in Budapest in 2004. Both the officers were undergoing an English language course under the NATO PfP program. The same day after Safarov's extradition, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev decreed to pardon the criminal.
"The stance of the Armenian parties to the conflict is to avoid any concession before determination of Nagorno Karabakh's status," he said.
Minasyan is sure that Stepanakert will not be involved in the negotiations within the nearest future. The political expert said that appointment of such professional diplomat as Karen Mirzoyan to the post of NKR Foreign Minister will contribute to upgrading Stepanakert's status in the negotiations. Mirzoyan represented Armenia at the OBSEC and was Armenia's informal envoy to Istanbul, given that Armenia and Turkey have no diplomatic relations