YEREVAN, September 3. /ARKA/. Police of Armenia said Monday it is withdrawing its 10 officers from Hungary, where they were taking training courses at Budapest International Law Enforcement Academy with support of the U.S. Embassy in Armenia.
According to the source, Armenia’s Police Chief Vladimir Gasparyan has addressed a letter to the U.S. Ambassador to Armenia John Heffern thanking him for his support, however noting that the Armenian officers can no longer stay in Budapest.
“Within the current situation the delegation of Armenia’s Police can no longer stay at the territory of the country which ignored the justice and made a deal with the Azeri authorities. Following this fact, I want to inform you that Armenia’s Police delegation will leave Budapest in a couple of days. I think the United States will understand our actions, especially when President Obama has already expressed his concerns by the actions of Hungary and Azerbaijan,” Mr. Gasparyan said in the letter.
On 31 August Budapest extradited Safarov to Azerbaijan where he was immediately pardoned by President Ilham Aliyev.
According to some media sources, Azerbaijan intends to buy Hungarian government bonds valued 2-3 billion euros. Some analysts say Baku used this deal to get Safarov.
These actions erupted outrage in Yerevan. On 31 August Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan invited the heads of all diplomatic missions in Armenia to the extraordinary meeting and said Armenia suspends all diplomatic relations with Hungary. —0--