The Supreme Spiritual Council held an emergency sitting at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin chaired by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.
The Supreme Spiritual Council expressed concern over the release of the Ramil Safarov, an Azerbaijani officer, who brutally killed Armenian army officer Gurgen Margaryan during NATO courses in Budapest. The Council adopted the following statement:
“The Armenian Apostolic Church severely condemns the decision of the Hungarian authorities to transfer murderer Ramil Safarov to Azerbaijan and the fact of granting pardon to the criminal. This is another demonstration of the policy of hatred against Armenians pursued by the Azerbaijani authorities. Unfortunately, an EU member Hungary, which cherishes the principles of democracy and justice, supported the nasty program of justifying an Azerbaijani murderer, a fact, which is pregnant with the threat of murders on the basis of nationality and religion. Human life is God-given and an intentional murder is a crime against humanity and God.”
The Spiritual Council calls on all servants of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the world-spread pious Armenians to raise their voice of protest for the sake of protection of our national rights. The council also applies to Sister Churches and all religious organizations to raise their voice for the sake of justice and truth.
Canadian Diocese of the Armenian Church