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Thursday, 14 February 2013
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Safarov, Mr Ramil

(Question No. 1228)

Mr Fletcher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Foreign Affairs, in writing, on 17 September 2012:

In respect of Mr Ramil Safarov, an Azeri soldier serving a life sentence in Hungary for murdering his Armenian counterpart during a NATO Partnership for Peace program in Budapest in 2004, is the Minister aware that despite assurances by Azerbaijan authorities, President Ilham Aliyev pardoned Mr Safarov upon his extradition (under the Strasbourg Convention) to Baku, and glorified his crime; if so, has the Australian Government publicly added its voice to the international condemnation; if not, why not.

Dr Emerson: The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Foreign Affairs to the honourable member's question:

The Australian Government is aware of the events concerning Mr Safarov. In response to inquiries on the issue, the Government has conveyed its disappointment at the decision to pardon Ramil Safarov, given it occurred against the backdrop of the broader tensions in Armenia-Azerbaijan relations. Australia strongly encourages Azerbaijan and Armenia to remain engaged in mediation efforts led by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to improve relations between the two neighbours.