Being worried is not enough, Europe

This was a bleak week for all who hope for a peaceful solution to the prolonged conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. — Thomas de Waal

ArmComedy wrote an excellent satire on the worthless statements of our European partners: Europe Calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to Stop Axing Each Other’s Soldiers in Sleep. Sadly, this is very close to the realty. Neither the EU nor NATO have so far taken measures against the release of a convicted murderer except of saying that they are worried about it.

It’s not only that the pardon and heroization of Ramil Safarov has damaged the already fragile peace negotiations between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Indeed, even supporters of compromises and reconciliation between Armenians and Azerbaijanis are shocked and feel themselves  disillusioned. The question how can one ever support a peace treaty with a state where treaties can be cancelled with just an order from its president, is one we can’t find an answer on.

But that’s no only the issue. What happened does not only concern Armenia. It also concerns Europe and its security. A politically motivated and extremely brutal murder was committed in Europe, during a NATO course, and now the assasin is glorified and awarded in a third state.

It’s not something the EU or NATO should be just “worried about”. This is a real threat for EU and NATO which requires specific and resolute actions.