Jean-Claude Mignon, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) expresses his concerns over the serious deterioration in relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan following the decision to pardon Ramil Safarov.
"I join the international condemnation of the ‘glorification' of the terrible crime which Mr Safarov has committed, and for which he has been condemned by a court in a Council of Europe member state," Jean-Claude Mignon said today. "His liberation is unacceptable, and I am extremely disappointed by the abusive use of a Council of Europe legal instrument in this affair."
"This scandalous liberation is having very negative consequences on the already-strained relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan, and also risks destabilising the situation in the region. I call on the Azeri authorities to reconsider their position, in line with the standards and the ethos of the Council of Europe," Mr Mignon concluded.