President of International European Movement, Jo Leinen,
Chairman of working group of International European Movement on Enlargement and Neighbourhood, Ksenija Milenkovic,
President of European Movement in Hungary, Norbert Kroo,
President of European Movement in Azerbaijan, Ramin Hajili
It was a huge disappointment to receive the information about the extradition of Ramil Safarov by Hungarian authorities. As we predicted, the president of Azerbaijan pardoned the killer immediately and the Azerbaijani society honored the killer as a hero.
All of us, as the members of European Movement, are honored to follow and spread the European values. During our mission we appreciate our role in our societies and nations being the locomotive of European integration process. While being a member of EU and NATO, Hungary, by extraditing Ramil Safarov, betrayed all these values, discredited the European reputation and changed the justice with caviar.
Not aiming to comment further, European Movement of Armenia declines to send a delegation to Baku, Azerbaijan for a meeting planned for November 2012. We have nothing to do in a country where the killers are considered heroes even by the society.
European Movement in Armenia supports the decision of the President of the Republic of Armenia on cutting diplomatic ties with Hungary.
We call on the President of International European Movement to make an immediate statement, to assess the actions of Hungarian authorities, demand that the Council of Europe suspend the membership of Azerbaijan, and to demand that the EU discontinue its assistance to Azerbaijan. We expect the same from our colleagues in European Movements in Hungary and Azerbaijan.