Budapest Case - the history of the murder of Gurgen Margaryan
Lt. Gurgen Margaryan
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Armenian citizen Gurgen Margaryan, 26 years old, was hacked to death while asleep by Ramil Safarov, a Lieutenant of the Azerbaijani Army. Both were participants of an English language training course within the framework of the NATO-sponsored “Partnership for Peace” program held in Budapest, Hungary.

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Adam Schiff, Congressman, D-CA

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the Armenian soldier's horrific murder in Hungary... While we do not yet know all of the circumstances of the soldier's tragic death, this incident reinforces the need for Azerbaijan to end its propaganda regarding Karabagh and reach a negotiated settlement of the Karabagh issue. Regrettably, the Administration has requested 4 times more military assistance for Azerbaijan than Armenia. I hope Congress will step in and correct this funding injustice against Armenia, one of America's strongest allies in the region.

Source: ARMINFO, 25-February-2004

Frank Pallone, Congressman, D-NJ

... this unfortunate tragedy shows how dangerous Azerbaijan's war propaganda can be not only in Azerbaijan but around the region. It's time the Azerbaijani government reject shocking propaganda that does nothing more than reignite xenophobia and extremism...

Source: ARMINFO, 25-February-2004

Joe Knollenberg, Congressman, R-MI

... I am deeply saddened by the horrific murder of Lt. Gurgen Markarian. It is a tragedy that the Partnership for Peace program has been marred by this murder. I expect nothing less than a full investigation and complete justice for those responsible.

Source: ARMINFO, 25-February-2004

Kasimjomart Tokayev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

The news on the tragic death of Armenian military officer in Budapest was received in Kazakhstan with anxiety and pain. We condemn the brutality and inhumanity of this act and believe that such deeds have no justification whatsoever.

Source: Official web site of the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia


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