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YEREVAN. – Around 200-300 youth held a demonstration Thursday, in front of Yerevan State University (YSU) Central Building, to protest North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s visit to Armenia and YSU (photos).

The young people held banners protesting Hungary’s extradition of Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan and his being pardoned there, Armenian reporter informed from YSU.

Aside from banners, the young protesters also held Gurgen Margaryan’s picture as well as his killer, Ramil Safarov’s photograph with a red cross on it. 

Upon NATO Secretary General’s arrival at YSU, the youth chanted “Justice!” while Anders Fogh Rasmussen saluted them and entered the University.   

To note, while in Yerevan the NATO Secretary General will meet with President Serzh Sargsyan, FM Edward Nalbandian, and Defense Minister Seyran Ohanyan. 

Armenian reported earlier that Ramil Safarov, a lieutenant in the Azerbaijani military, was extradited on August 31 from Hungary, where he was serving a life sentence—and with no expression of either regret or remorse—for the premeditated axe murder of Armenian lieutenant Gurgen Margaryan, in his sleep, during a NATO Partnership for Peace program in Budapest back in 2004.

As expected, Ramil Safarov’s return to Baku was welcomed, as was his act of murder, by the officials of president Ilham Aliyev’s government and much of Azerbaijani society, and the Azerbaijani president immediately granted him a pardon.

And Armenia’s President Serzh Sargsyan announced on August 31 that Armenia is suspending its diplomatic ties with Hungary.

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