When the USSR dissolved, old national feuds, previously referred to as simple territorial demands, revived in an unexpected way. Under such circumstances newly independent Armenia captured Nogorno-Karabakh, that had been a part of Azerbaijan for a while, and holds it until now.
To the applause of the OSCE Minsk group (USA, Russia, France, Turkey, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belarus, Armenia and Azerbaijan) endless talks go on and on. The only success of the yearlong efforts is that cannons actually remain silent. While people keep dying at the borders, and those who escaped Azerbaijan never returned back home, hope for a diplomatic solution, even though very weak, is still alive.
Over the past few years due to its oil and gas, Azerbaijan grew stronger against Armenia. Moreover, recently president Aliev managed to win the support of the Muslim world at the XVI summit of the non-aligned movement in Teheran. That is the background to the situation that may actually set this fragile peace on fire.
Eight years ago a NATO-sponsored English course took place in Hungary. One night a lieutenant of the Azerbaijani army Ramil Safarov sneaked into an Armenian Army Lieutenant’s room, stabbed him, and chopped off his head. Safarov was disarmed soon and did not manage to kill the second lieutenant. The sentence was clear though: life imprisonment.
A few days ago Hungarian authorities decided to send the murderer away to serve the rest of his sentence in Baku, where he was immediately granted pardon and promoted to major. Presumable gratifications are not being mentioned. One can only imagine the reaction of Armenia who broke off its diplomatic relations with Hungary and is currently awaiting explanation on an international level, while the issue became a prerogative of the UN.
It might have been pure coincidence that right before the incident premier Viktor Orbán visited Azerbaijan. They say he also managed to negotiate some financial support for his country in the meantime.
It all seems like the beginning of a next series showing how Viktor Orbán disregards fragile international piece, and a clear evidence of the values that define his actions.Author : Marek Siwiec MEP