Statue of a Dictator
Posted 27 September 2012 - 10:43 AM
September 26, 2012 - 20:36 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Administration of Canadian town of
Niagara-on-the-Lake dismantled the statues of Azerbaijani ex-president
Heydar Aliyev and his daughter-in-law Mehriban Aliyeva, considering
them as monuments to dictators, member of Public Chamber of Canadian
representation Hasan Saftarov said.
The step was taken by the town administration in response to
Azerbaijani opposition's campaign.
"With the whole world having declared war against dictatorship,
a statue to Heydar Aliyev undermines the image of Canada, as one of
the most democratic countries in the world.
"Aliyev is no different from Saddam, Mubarak, Ben Ali, Gaddafi and
Assad. For this reason, we request to dismantle and return statues of
Heydar Aliyev and his daughter-in-law Mehriban Aliyeva to Azerbaijani
authorities," Azeri opposition's letter to the mayor's office reads.
According to the official response by the mayor's office addressed to
Hasan Saftarov, the statues were removed, with the monument to Heydar
Aliyev to be restored in case Canadian government and Azerbaijani
embassy reached an agreement, Internet gazeta reported.
Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:03 AM
Oct 3 2012
WASHINGTON. DC. October 3, 2012. Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy
(AZAD) has written a letter to the government of Mexico City regarding
the recent media reports about the monument to the late Azerbaijani
dictator Heydar Aliyev that was erected in return for the millions
of dollars the Azerbaijani government paid for renovation of parks
in Mexico City.
Below is the text of AZAD's letter:
"Dear Honorable Head of Government Mr. Ebrard, Honorable Members of
the Government of Federal District of Mexico,
Our organization has learned from the recent news articles in major
international media outlets about the monument to the late Azerbaijani
dictator and former communist chief and KGB General Heydar Aliyev
erected in one of the Mexico City's parks.
Mexican public would benefit from knowing that Heydar Aliyev was
not a founder, but a demolisher of modern Azerbaijani democracy. By
the time he came to power in 1993 in a Russian-backed military coup,
overthrowing the democratically elected government of the country,
Azerbaijan was already an independent state for two years. By that
time, Azerbaijan's independence had long been recognized by the UN
and all major world powers, including Mexico.
What Heydar Aliyev and his cronies have built instead is neo-feudal,
corrupt petro-dictatorship where the throne ("presidency") after his
death was passed to his son Ilham Aliyev.
Under Aliyev dynasty, rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens are
trampled. Journalists, bloggers, dissidents, and civic activists are
regularly beaten, jailed and tortured, some are murdered. Peaceful
protests are violently suppressed by police and plain-clothed
government agents. All elections are falsified. Just last week,
a secret cam video released online revealed how the seats in the
national parliament are not only selected by the President, instead
of being elected by voters, but also are sold by the regime leadership
for million dollar bribes.
While the vast majority of the population, in spite of Azerbaijan's
enormous oil revenues, is still poor, Ilham Aliyev's eleven years
old son owns a $40 million dollar luxury mansion in a Dubai resort.
President Aliyev's family, through secretive off-shore firms, has taken
control of the country's largest banks, gold mines, phone companies,
and other enterprises.
These and many other shameful facts about the Aliyev dictatorship
are well-documented in reports by the international media, human
rights organizations and foreign governments, and can be discovered
by a simple Google search. This corrupt, repressive system is the
real legacy of Heydar Aliyev. What he founded is hardly worth of
commemoration in a free society governed by basic moral norms.
Perhaps the government of Mexico City feels obliged to show an
appreciation for the multi-million dollars help provided by the
Azerbaijani authorities. As generous as it may be, that donation
is but a small drop in the bucket of billions stolen by the Aliyev
regime from regular citizens. Therefore, as a sign of gratitude to the
Azerbaijani people, whose money given was given for the renovation
of your parks, I humbly suggest that a simple pole with Azerbaijani
flag along with the statement of appreciation of Mexican-Azerbaijani
friendship would suffice.
Heydar Aliyev was not a noble man that deserves to be honored in
public parks and squares. Having his monument erected in Mexico City
is an affront to the Azerbaijanis that suffer at the hands of his
corrupt dictatorship and it can only be an insult to Mexicans who
value their own nation's long-established traditions of freedom,
human rights and dignity, and justice." (Azeri Report)
Posted 04 October 2012 - 10:16 AM
Oct 3 2012
MEXICO CITY - The appearance of a life-size statue of Azerbaijan's
"founder of the nation" on Mexico City's elegant Reforma Avenue,
not far from Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln and Mexico's national
heroes, is raising eyebrows and protests.
The Stalin-esque, bronze statue of Geidar Aliyev, the late
authoritarian leader of the Caucasus republic, carries a plaque calling
him "a brilliant example of infinite devotion to the motherland,
loyal to the universal ideals of world peace."
The monument erected in late August shows Aliyev sitting in a bronze
chair in front of what appears to be an enormous, white marble map
"It is really out of place," said Miguel Angel Mendoza, an 18-year-old
high school student who was walking past the monument to the longtime
ruler, who led Azerbaijan first as Communist Party boss during Soviet
times and then as president from 1993 to 2003. "Why couldn't they
put up a monument to somebody who did something good?"
It turns out that Azerbaijan contributed much of the $5 million it
cost to renovate not one, but two Mexico City parks, allowing it to
put monuments in both.
Critics say that Aliyev, who stifled dissent, shouldn't be on a
boulevard decorated with statues to Mexican and foreign heroes.
"They probably have a warehouse full of these things somewhere" in
Azerbaijan, said Daniel Gershenson, human rights activist who was
one of about a dozen protesters who demonstrated last week in front
of the monument, holding banners that read "Get rid of the dictator!"
"It's like a personality cult, transferred to Mexico," said writer and
activist Homero Aridjis, who described the style as "social realism
from the Soviet era.
"It's as if they brought a dictator from Mars," Mr. Aridjis said. "Are
we going to be a center for monuments to dead dictators? Who's next?
It wouldn't be the first time that Azerbaijani PR efforts have
drawn criticism. Rights groups protested Azerbaijan's hosting of
the Eurovision song contest, and the radical feminist group Femen
protested its hosting this year's European Cup soccer championship.
Azerbaijan's ambassador to Mexico, Ilgar Mukhtarov, wrote that
Azerbaijan has lavished attention on Mexico because it was one of
the first countries to recognize Azerbaijan after the breakup of the
"This monument is not intended to improve anybody's reputation,
because the world's perception of Heydar [Geidar] Aliyev does not
require any rescuing," Mr. Mukhatarov said.
Aliyev's monument is surrounded by a manicured lawn and flower beds,
and many people like the new park.
Brenda Torres, a 33-year-old architect, was relaxing on one of the
four benches installed in front of the monument.
"The people who come here, they like it, right, but they don't know
who he is," said Ms. Torres.
And that's the secret to Aliyev's success - nobody really knows who
A second Azerbaijani statue appears in the other park they paid to
renovate, Tlaxcoaque park in downtown Mexico City.
It depicts a woman, her arms uplifted in mourning, commemorating
Khojaly, a village where hundreds of Azerbaijanis reportedly were
killed during the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
Advocates say a monument to Mexican suffering would have been more
appropriate for a site once used as a police interrogation and
The office of Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard, who accepted the
donations and attended the inauguration of both sites, did not
immediately respond to requests for comment.
But at the inauguration of the first monument, Mr. Ebrard said
"we are very thankful to the Republic of Azerbaijan, because the
truth is we haven't received an investment this big" from a foreign
Posted 27 October 2012 - 09:20 AM
Agence France Presse
October 25, 2012 Thursday 4:02 AM GMT
Surrounded by flowers and palm trees off Mexico City's main avenue,
the statue of Azerbaijan's late leader looks peaceful in a corner of
the noisy and polluted capital's biggest park.
But rights activists are fuming like angry motorists over the addition
of the bronze likeness of Heydar Aliyev, a former KGB man, in a city
that boasts statues of revered world figures like Mahatma Gandhi,
Winston Churchill and Martin Luther King.
The new statue features Aliyev sitting with legs crossed, gazing to
his left, and a plaque describing him as "a great politician and
statesman" who was a "shining example of infinite devotion to the
homeland and loyalty to the universal ideals of world peace."
While supporters remember him as the father of Azerbaijan's
independence from the Soviet Union, critics recall him as the strongman
who cracked down on dissent, jailed opponents and stifled the media
during his 1993-2003 rule. Aliyev's son Ilham succeeded him.
"To put on our main avenue the statue of a dictator, someone who
violated human rights, is an offense to us," Mexican rights activist
Jesus Robles Maloof said.
Maloof, one of many people who vented on Twitter, urged Mayor Marcelo
Ebrard to yank the statue from the fabled Chapultepec Park, off the
busy Reforma Avenue, and replace it with a monument honoring the
people of Azerbaijan.
One Twitter user named Isabel Aguilar suggested: "If they put a statue
of Aliyev on Reforma, I propose that they put one of Kim Jong-il or
Vladimir Putin, no?"
The government of Azerbaijan paid around $5 million (3.8 million
euros) to refurbish that corner of Chapultepec, which was named the
"Mexico-Azerbaijan Friendship Park," and another downtown park.
Azerbaijan's ambassador to Mexico defended the decision to erect
"He is the father of the nation, a symbol of Azerbaijan and our
independence," Ambassador Ilgar Mukhtarov said.
"He was not a dictator."
The seeds of friendship between the two nations were planted when
Aliyev, then a Soviet official, led a USSR delegation that visited
Mexico in 1982, he said. Mexico was one of the first nations to
recognize Azerbaijani independence.
Mukhtarov blamed the bad publicity over the statue on "the Armenian
diaspora" -- Azerbaijan fought Armenia-backed separatists in
Nagorny-Karabakh -- and "people here trying to damage relations
between Azerbaijan and Mexico."
Facing a storm of criticism over the statue, the city's leftist
mayor created a panel of experts who will review complaints and make
suggestions on what to do with it.
The panel will also review a plaque in the second park, which
uses the politically sensitive word "genocide" to describe the
killing of Azerbaijanis in the village of Khojaly during the 1990s
Nagorny-Karabakh conflict with Armenia.
"It's better to put this in the hands of international relations
experts," said Felipe Leal, the city's urban development secretary.
Mayor Ebrard inaugurated the "friendship" park in August but negative
headlines soon followed about the statue, which sits on an avenue
that includes the golden Angel of Independence statue and monuments
to national heroes.
On a recent sunny weekday morning, the few Mexicans who sat on the
benches placed in front of the statue knew little, if anything, about
Azerbaijan's history or the late president gazing into the distance.
"It's well cared for, very peaceful. I like it, but to tell you the
truth I don't know him," Armando Monroy, a 45-year-old car messenger,
said after listening to some music on one of the iron benches.
The statue's presence "is strange," he said. "He's not known like
Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:33 AM
Trend Daily News (Azerbaijan)
October 26, 2012 Friday 2:29 PM GMT +4
Three bells donated by Azerbaijani government for Mexico City (PHOTO)
Azerbaijan, Oct. 26 /Trend/
An official presentation ceremony for the commissioning of three
church bells donated by the Azerbaijani government took place in
Mexico City at Konsepsion Santisima church on Tlakskoake-Khojaly
Square adjacent to a monument dedicated to victims of Khojaly genocide
the Azerbaijani Embassy in Mexico reported on Friday.
According to the head priest Eduardo Lozano Juarez, who opened the
event, the repair and restoration of Tlakskoake Khojaly Square with
the support of the Azerbaijani government, as well as a donation of
bells to the church are signs of peace and love to God, as well as the
monument to the victims of Khojaly genocide located on the square.
Citing a quote from the works of the great Azerbaijani poet Nizami
Ganjavi and giving examples of Pope John Paul II' s statements about
Azerbaijan, made during his visit to the country in 2002, Lozano said
Azerbaijan is the place where you can find peace.
During his speech at the ceremony, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Mexico
Ilgar Mukhtarov noted the developing friendly relations between the
people of Azerbaijan and Mexico.
In turn, speaking about Azerbaijan, the Cardinal of the catholic
church Norberto Ribera Carrera, said the country has an unusual
religious tolerance and stated that Christians and Jews live freely
and equally along with the Muslims in Azerbaijan .
During the solemn presentation of the church bells some members of the
Armenian community attempted to draw the attention of the press and
the event participants by stating that "what happened in Khojaly, in
fact, was not genocide" and "the inscription on the monument is not
However the provocation which caused disapproval of the residents and
embassy guests who were gathered there failed and the protestors were
expelled from the venue by Mexico City residents.
Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:09 AM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:13 PM
Posted 29 October 2012 - 05:36 PM
Posted 24 November 2012 - 09:49 AM
Mexico panel rejects Azerbaijan leader's statue
AP foreign, Friday November 23 2012
Associated Press MEXICO CITY (AP) - A commission of intellectuals
recommended Friday that Mexico City's government remove a life-size
bronze statue of Azerbaijan's former president that provoked a storm
of criticism after it was installed on the capital's main boulevard.
The Stalinesque statue of the late Geidar Aliyev was erected by the
Azerbaijani Embassy, which paid for the renovation of part of the city
park where it sits and other public works totaling about $5 million.
Aliyev has been criticized for repressing opponents and critics.
The commission of three writers and analysts appointed by the city
government said authorities erred by accepting money to allow a
foreign government to essentially decide which political figures or
historic events should be commemorated in the capital's public spaces.
"In view of the majority opinions of the citizens and neighbors, the
sculpture of Geidar Aliyev should be removed from the emblematic spot"
on the Reforma boulevard, commission member Guillermo Osorno said.
The panel suggested that a citizen board be set up to review such
proposals in the future.
"We believe that monuments or street names that are offensive,
hurtful, or which make unilateral judgments on international disputes
should not be installed in public spaces," Osorno said.
Protesters have said they are offended by a monument to an
authoritarian figure like Aliyev, who led Azerbaijan first as
Communist Party boss during Soviet times and then as president from
1993 until his death in 2003.
Critics' anger has been amplified by a plaque on Aliyev's statue that
describes him as "a brilliant example of infinite devotion to the
motherland, loyal to the universal ideals of world peace" and by the
location of the statue not far from monuments to Mahatma Gandhi,
Abraham Lincoln and Mexico's national heroes.
Azerbaijani Ambassador Ilgar Yusif oglu Mukhtarov said that although
he didn't agree with some of the commission's recommendations, he
would discuss them with city authorities to find a resolution that
everyone agreed with.
Mukhtarov charged that the government of Armenia, with which
Azerbaijan has tense relations, and local Armenians were behind the
campaign to remove Aliyev's statue.
"We are aware that the current situation was driven by the Armenian
government and the Armenian local diaspora in an attempt to discredit
the work, life and dedication of Azerbaijan's national leader,"
Mukhtarov said a news conference.
Last month, the embassy suggested in a statement that removing the
statue could affect diplomatic relations. It said the city government
had signed an agreement stipulating the monument should be allowed to
remain in the spot for 99 years.
The city government's press office said authorities hadn't made a
decision yet on whether to follow the commission's recommendation.
Mayor Marcelo Ebrard was somewhat evasive, saying, "We are going to
review it carefully ... and we will reply."
Osorno, however, said the city government has already offered
Azerbaijan a cultural center where the statue could be displayed
indoors. That "would be more appropriate," he said.
The issue was particularly thorny because the city government prides
itself on its progressive policies and respect for human rights. Some
officials have suggested authorities weren't really aware of who
Aliyev was when the monument was approved.
The advisory commission also recommended that a second
Azerbaijani-funded monument in the downtown Tlaxcoaque plaza be
That statue depicts a woman, her arms uplifted in mourning,
commemorating Khojaly, a village where hundreds of Azerbaijanis were
reportedly killed during Azerbaijan's conflict with Armenia over the
The commission said a plaque on the monument calling it "genocide" was
misleading. Genocide is a term more commonly applied to the killing of
about 1.5 million Armenians in the region in 1915.
Moreover, the Tlaxcoaque plaza was the site of a police torture and
detention center that collapsed in Mexico City's 1985 earthquake. The
commission said it would be more appropriate to commemorate Mexicans
who died there.
"We think this space should be dedicated to the victims of forced
disappearance, torture and execution," Osorno said.
- MosJan likes this
Posted 24 November 2012 - 04:57 PM
Baku threatens with suspending ties
17:32, 23 November, 2012
YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 23, ARMENPRESS: Azeri Ambassador to Mexico Ilgar
Mukhtarov has declared that in case of dismantling Heydar Aliyev's
monument in Mexico Azerbaijan will apply to the court.
As reports Armenpress Mexican `Reform' newspaper wrote on this
occasion that Mukhtarov had referred to the agreement signed on August
26, 2011 according to which Aliyev's monument should be installed in
Chapultepec Park, which is Mexico's own Central Park. In the interview
with Mexican La Razon newspaper Ambassador threatened `If Mexican
Municipality decides to remove the monument Azerbaijan will suspend
its diplomatic relations, close the Embassy and stop 4 billion dollar
investment' which according to him `will be shameful for Mexicans'.
Ambassador declared that they are not expecting a positive result from
the special committee on this issue as the goal of the committee was
initially known and that some members of the committee were initially
against the installation of Aliyev's statue. `The decision of Mexican
Prime Minister is very important for me because the future of
relations between Azerbaijan and Mexico depends on it' Mukhtarov said.
For installing Aliyev's monument in Mexico Azerbaijani government has
spent about 5 million dollars on the renovation of Mexican parks.
Earlier the New York Times has reported that when the mayor
inaugurated a pretty little garden fronted by a very large statue at
the edge of the central Chapultepec Park last summer, it seemed
another step forward in his drive to improve the quality of life in
this impossible city. But a quick check on Google might have spared
Mayor Marcelo Ebrard from what happened next.
Speaking off the cuff, the mayor praised the statue's subject - a
complete stranger to many Mexico City residents - as `a great
political leader, a statesman.' The statue portrays Heydar Aliyev, who
ruled Azerbaijan with a stern hand after the breakup of the Soviet
Union. A K.G.B. general and Communist Party boss, who died in 2003,
Mr. Aliyev made himself the center of a cult of personality, his image
gracing villages across the tiny country.
But the statue - a gift, along with the garden, from Azerbaijan - has
put the mayor in a bind. The United States State Department repeatedly
pointed out Azerbaijan's poor human rights record under Mr. Aliyev,
which included serious abuses and the suppression of democracy. A few
weeks after his bronze figure materialized along Mexico City's Paseo
de la Reforma, newspaper columnists, radio hosts and human rights
activists began to press for its removal.
`In Mexico City, on our main avenue, our Champs Élysées, there are
statues of Gandhi, Churchill - and Aliyev,' said Denise Dresser, a
writer and academic who sits on a citizens' commission that oversees
projects for Chapultepec Park, which is Mexico's own Central Park.
(Gandhi is actually a few hundred paces inside the park, in a more
Officials in Mr. Ebrard's cabinet were tongue-tied. They argued that
it was not Mexico's place to pass judgment on other countries'
leaders. That unleashed a spate of commentary in which writers threw
out the names of undesirable strongmen who might one day find a
pedestal on Mexico City streets under such reasoning. (Pinochet!
Mr. Ebrard looked for a way to stem the damage that is tarnishing the
end of his term. The mayor, who has been open about his presidential
ambitions in 2018, will hand the city over next month to a successor
from his own left-wing party, whose landslide win this summer was
widely seen as a vote of approval of Mr. Ebrard's stewardship.
`It's a mistake, and we should have evaluated that this could be
problematic,' Mr. Ebrard said.
Posted 30 November 2012 - 11:02 AM
WASHINGTON. November 28, 2012. Azerbaijani-Americans for Democracy
(AZAD) has sent a new letter on November 27 to the government of
Mexico City, supporting the decision of the committee of Mexican
intellectuals that the giant broze statue of the Azerbaijani dictator
Heydar Aliyev be removed from the city's public park.
In his letter, AZAD's chairman Elmar Chakhtakhtinski says that he was
"dismayed" by the Azerbaijani government's response to the Mexico
City committee's removal recommendation. The Azerbaijani authorities
publicly threatened Mexico with closing down the Azerbaijani embassy
there and canceling oil industry investments. The letter calls these
threats "bullying tactics" and expresses hope that the Mexican side
will not allow the Azerbaijani regime to dictate the residents of
Mexico City what they can do in their own parks.
The letter identifies Heydar Aliyev an "enemy of democracy" responsible
for human rights violations and says those who value freedom will
appreciate "a speedy removal of this statue from your beautiful city".
This is the second letter from AZAD to the Mexico City officials. The
first letter was sent on October 3rd.
Below is the full text of the letter: Dear Head of Government Ebrard,
Dear Secretary Leal, Dear Members of the Government of Mexico City,
On behalf of my organization and all like-minded people, I would like
to applaud the principled and honorable decision of the committee
formed by the Mexico City government, recommending the removal of
the Azerbaijani dictator Heydar Aliyev's statue from your city's park.
I am dismayed that the Azerbaijani government responded to your
committee's decision by publicly trying to threaten Mexico with taking
back the money spent on park renovations, closing down Azerbaijani
embassy and canceling oil industry investments.
Fortunately, the sympathy and goodwill of the world's free people is
much stronger, both morally and materially, than the power and money
of all the corrupt dictatorships combined.
I am confident that the government of Mexico City will not be
intimidated by such bullying tactics of the Azerbaijani authorities,
and the proud residents of your city will not allow a foreign regime
to dictate whose monuments they should keep in their parks.
As I mentioned in my previous letter, Heydar Aliyev was not a noble
man that deserves to be honored in public parks and squares. He was an
enemy of democracy and responsible for rampant corruption and severe
violations of human rights and freedoms of the Azerbaijani people.
As someone who grew up in Azerbaijan and also was lucky to learn
about Mexico and its people first-hand, I humbly suggest that the
good people in both Mexico and Azerbaijan, who value liberties and
rights of fellow human beings, would appreciate a speedy removal of
this statue from your beautiful city.
Sincerely, Elmar Chakhtakhtinski Chairman Azerbaijani-Americans for
Posted 30 November 2012 - 01:08 PM
Posted 30 November 2012 - 02:13 PM
How about putting it in a public washroom in Glendale?
sranst tak@ mi urish ban ka .. et ardzan@ shutov USA/um e haytnvelu ..
Posted 30 November 2012 - 07:36 PM
It is time to mind our own business, I mean our own business. Look at our own garbage dump and in our skeleton filled closets. I have written about this on several occasions. Those of us who have access to that neap of trash known a SAE, the Hanragitaran, take out Vol 1, open to page 172 and see a whole monograph about aliev**, where that butcher is celebrated as a hero of the SU, a member of the polit-bureau, polit-burro..***
We will never know how many Armenian luminaries he caused to be liquidated, murdered or exiled to Siberia during his tenure. If I had my way, you should be glad it is not, I would find a crazy chicano and have him blow that statue into smithereens.
**One only would wish that the likes of Mikoyan, be it Artem or Anastas would be so lucky to be given such honors.
If I had the money and the means I would have every volume of that so called Hanragitaran/Encyclopedia, where more than 50% of it is dedicated to the likes of that clown aliev, gathered and have a huge bonfire during
***We also read that he was born,loosely speaking in Nakhjuan. I have seen somewhere that he was bon in a village which at time was part of Armenia.
See the ‘fat lady’ sing - ‘I’d like to teach the world…’.-
‘The real thing‘-- Coca Cola?
Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:12 PM
How about putting it in a public washroom in Glendale?
yes u Gamavore anhamper spasumenq, Gem jan du luctalose sksi xmel
Posted 02 December 2012 - 10:58 AM
Nov 24 2012
Azeri authorities warn Mexico over plans to remove statue
[Translated from Azeri]
Azerbaijan may take its embassy and investment projects elsewhere,
officials have said as Mexican authorities discuss removing the late
Azerbaijani president's statue from the central park in Mexico City.
In an interview with the APA news agency on 24 November Elman
Abdullayev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry, said that
the statue to Heydar Aliyev is a symbol of friendship and implied that
the Armenian diaspora was at work. "One gets the impression that the
Armenian diaspora is tapping into all resources and connections in
order to hinder the communication of Azerbaijan's realities to the
world," the agency quoted him as saying.
Abdullayev said that as a strong regional state Azerbaijan is
attractive for many countries. "Along with investing in other
countries, Azerbaijan is itself interested in investing abroad. We
believe that it is important to preserve such partnership relations."
The statue to Heydar Aliyev, who is the father of incumbent President
Ilham Aliyev, was erected in the park refurbished with the funds of
the Azerbaijani embassy in the country and the relevant contract
states that the statue has to remain in the park for 99 years.
Earlier, Russia's RIA Novosti quoted the Azerbaijani ambassador to
Mexico, Ilqar Muxtarov, as saying that if the statue is removed,
Azerbaijan may give up on investment projects in Mexico worth 4bn
dollars. "If the statue is removed, there is no doubt that this will
cause bilateral relations to deteriorate. Also the envisaged
investments will not materialize. The last step will be the closure of
the Azerbaijani embassy in the country," RIA Novosti quoted him as
The Azerbaijani embassy in Mexico represents Azerbaijan in six Latin
American countries. Muxtarov said that diplomatic relations will not
be severed, but the embassy may be moved to one of the other
Web user comments
A report posted on the Azeri service of Radio Liberty on 24 November
attracted 25 user comments as of 29 November.
User "Farid": "We must learn this lesson of wisdom from the Mexican
people. As Ilham Aliyev said 'This is unacceptable' and together with
this statue, this regime has to be dismantled!!!!!"
User "bakili": "I wonder how much kickback the embassy received from
the 5m dollars spent on the refurbishment of the park in Mexico. When
there is money for us sacred issues take the backseat".
User "Elvin": "I was happy from my heart for this news. Let the day
come when all statues are removed".
User "Faiq": "Let the day come when Heydar's statues in Azerbaijan are
Four users commented on another report posted on the Radio Liberty
website on 26 November.
User "aysiay": "Four billion dollars are being invested in Mexico
because the statue of Ilham's father was erected. The nation is
sinking and perishing, but look at their obsession with the statue".
User "Azar": "If a country spends one-fourth of its budget on one
statue we can think of the following: the state is gambling the
User "cenub": "We agree. Let them pay 1m to each household and place
it down our street. We will confirm in notary's office that we will
not demolish it as long as Ilham I is in power".
[Translated from Azeri]
Posted 03 December 2012 - 08:31 AM
After Rome, Azerbaijan to install monument to Nizami Ganjavi in Beijing
Azerbaijan is going to install a monument to Nizami Ganjavi in Beijing’s Chaoyang Park on the initiative of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in China, Salamnews.org reported.
We will remind that Azerbaijan claims that Nizami Ganjavi is an Azerbaijani poet, while Iran says that Persian-language poet Nizami Ganjavi was born in a city that was once part of Iran.
Azerbaijan has unveiled a monument to Nizami Ganjavi in Rome recently.
Earlier, referring to the fact of Azerbaijan giving a monument to Nizami Ganjavi to Rome, Iranian Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Bahman Dari said to Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA, “The existing facts prove that Nizami Ganjavi is an Iranian poet, and there is no need to prove it. It is just unbecoming to misappropriate cultural values of another country. Azerbaijan has no cultural values and therefore it has to misappropriate cultural values of others. This move of Azerbaijan can be called nothing else than a cultural theft.”
Chairman of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization Mohammad Javad Adabi said to IRNA, “The falsification of the identity of great Iranian poet Nizami Ganjavi is evidence of the poorness of Azerbaijan’s culture.”
Posted 16 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
Monday, January 14th, 2013
Mexican Court Rejects Aliyev Monument
The monument of Haydar Aliyev in Mexico City
MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s Federal Administrative Court dismissed a complaint filed by Azerbaijan’s Embassy to prevent city authorities to dismantle and remove a statue of Azeri dictator Haydar Aliyev from a park at the center of the city, reported the Cronica newspaper.
The court’s decision paves the way for the statue’s removal.
The statue was erected over the summer, after the Azeri government invested a reported $10 million in renovation of the park and the statue. The giant statue had raised concerns with citizens and protests from activists who decried the city’s decision to house a statue of a known dictator along such figures as Abraham Lincoln and Mahatma Gandhi.
In late November, a three-person panel appointed to investigate the erection of the statue in the city’s Reforma Boulevard recommended that the statue be removed, prompting Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Mexico Ilgar Mukhtarov to threaten retaliation against the Mexican government, including the closure of Baku’s representation in Mexico.
The Azerbaijani Embassy appealed the commission decision to the district court requesting an injunction to stay the decision to remove the statue.
In November, Muktarov also said Azerbaijan would cancel $4 billion in investment projects for Mexico, saying if the then Mexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard “decides to remove the monument, we will cancel the projects, close the embassy, it would hurt the relationship between the two countries, and it would not be good for his image to be the person who prevented a $4-billion investment
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Posted 16 January 2013 - 12:20 PM
Is Nakhjavan a suburb of ankakra or bokhu?
When will we close the gap between Nakhjavan and Ijevan???
Nakh- ijevan is a stupid interpretaion.
Edited by Arpa, 16 January 2013 - 12:31 PM.
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