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 PostPosted: Fri Feb 20, 2004 7:57 am    Post subject: ARMENIAN ARMY OFFICER CRUELLY KILLED Reply with quote Back to top



Azeri army senior lieutenant Ramil Safarov has cruelly killed Armenian army officer Gurgen Margarian. Тhey were both students of English courses organized by the University of National Defense of Hungary within the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace Program. As reported by the press service of the defense ministry of Armenia, the Azeri has killed Margarian by means of an axe, when the latter was asleep. After that R. Safarov tried to kill another Armenian officer, which was however prevented. The Defense Ministry of Armenia considers this atrocious crime to be an immediate consequence of the active militarist propaganda of Azerbaijan, a policy of engrafting of hatred and hostility against the Armenian people. In the opinion of the Defense Ministry, the extremist and fanatical stance of Azerbaijan resulted in the recent impeding of participation of Armenian officers in a Baku conference on planning NATO exercises. "We hope the international community will draw respective conclusions and will adequately evaluate the occurrence," the statement says. The Defense Ministry of Armenia at that assured that is would do its best for the criminal arrested by the Hungarian authorities to carry the deserved punishment.


Azeri officer kills Armenian colleague in Budapest

19 Feb 2004 22:46:43 GMT

BUDAPEST, Feb 19 (Reuters) - An Azeri officer killed an Armenian
classmate with an axe at a Budapest military academy on Thursday,
Hungarian and Armenian news agencies said.

The Armenian's head was almost severed while he slept as the simmering
conflict between the ex-Soviet Caucasus neighbours appeared to take a
personal turn during an English language course run under the auspices
of NATO's Partnership for Peace.

Police believe the 27-year-old Azeri entered the room of the
26-year-old victim, stabbed him several times with a knife and struck
him repeatedly with an axe, Hungary's MTI news agency quoted Budapest
police officer Valter Fulop as saying.

The Azeri was in custody after being overpowered by fellow officers,
police said. The motive was unclear, they added.

Traditionally Muslim Azerbaijan and Christian Armenia went to war over
the mountain region of Nagorno-Karabakh in 1988, when both were still
republics of the Soviet Union.

An uneasy ceasefire has not led to a peace deal, though both nations
are now members of the Partnership for Peace, a NATO programme for
cooperation with countries around its frontiers.

The Armenian defence ministry, in a statement quoted on local news
websites, named the dead man as Lieutenant Gurgen Makarian. Quoted by
Russia's RIA news agency, the ministry said the killing was a "logical
consequence of...anti-Armenian hysteria and bellicose propaganda" by
officials in Azerbaijan.
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