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The European Union is concerned over the Azeri President's decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, an Azeri officer sentenced by a Hungarian court to life in jail for killing an Armenian but extradited to Azerbaijan on Aug 31.
Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said during a briefing in Brussels that the EU is concerned by the news that the President of Azerbaijan pardoned an Azerbaijani army officer Ramil Safarov who was convicted and sentenced for life imprisonment for the murder of an Armenian army officer in 2004.
She said they are "closely following the situation and are in contact with the relevant sides to obtain more information."
"We are particularly concerned about the possible impact that these developments might have on the wider region and therefore we are calling Azerbaijan and Armenia to exercise restraint on the ground and in public statements in order to prevent any kind of escalation of the situation," Kocijancic said.