During almost a year since the brutal murder of Gurgen Margaryan
in Budapest American and European media has consistently stayed
silent about the murder of the Armenian officer in Budapest as if
nothing ever happened. We were able to track only a 51-word piece
from The Guardian (In brief: Murdered at peace seminar. Feb
20, 2004 p.15), a news report from nytimes.com and one more from
The Moscow Times (Brutal murder stokes Karabakh war passions,
by Chloe Arnold. March 2, 2004).
The crime committed by the Azerbaijani officer Ramil Safarov shook
the very basics of NATO's Partnership for Peace program, yet went
on almost unnoticed by major news outlets. Probably it was the reluctance
to loudly condemn the crime that became the reason why many Azerbaijani
officials and public figures felt safe to strongly
support the murderer and even worse—to make statements containing
threats to Armenians worldwide. It was no wonder the murderer soon
became something like a national hero in Azerbaijan.
Now with the trial of Ramil Safarov still going on it is important
to break the wall of silence around the Budapest case.
Please spread the word about the Budapest case
on appropriate mailing lists, internet discussion boards, web sites,
If you are a webmaster please feel free to place
the following button and add a link to http://budapest.sumgait.info/
on your web site: