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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.

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Azeri Report

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)



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Washington Times

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

of Azerbaijan.


"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?


Hitler? Stalin?"


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

Soviet Union.


"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

he is.


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

torture center.


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

government before.



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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

the statue.


"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


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Fake genocide for sale, I can't believe the church is involved in it. :(




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.


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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

Nagorno-Karabakh region.


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.

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Mexico is planning to dismantle the statue of dictator Heidar Aliyev.

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

contemplative spot.)


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.

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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

Democracy (AZAD)

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Once again we are spinning our wheels, we are wasting our precious breath and wealth trying to teach the world what to think and how to behave. We are wasting our time trying to teach countries how to run their domestic and international affairs.

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

tiar@ndaraj http://www.armenianow.com/arts_and_culture/35560/trndez_armenian_church_holiday


***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?

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How about putting it in a public washroom in Glendale? :P


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APA, Azerbaijan

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]

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The saga continues!!!!!


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.”



Source: Panorama.am

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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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Do you see the background image where the map of asserbokhjan is depicted, where Nakhjavan is also shown, detached and removed from bokhu by a thousand mile?

Is Nakhjavan a suburb of ankakra or bokhu?

When will we close the gap between Nakhjavan and Ijevan???

Nakh- ijevan is a stupid interpretaion.

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menak mi ban chem haskanum .. USA amen tary mi qani tasnyak milyon ognutyun te talis azerinerin .. isk sranq 4 bilyon dollar investment en XOSTANUM mexicoyin ?


Andzamb yes hajord mi qani Hangstyan Orer@ ants em katsnelu mexicoyum .. im bilyonikner@ mexicoyum em tsaxselu

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When will we close the gap between Nakhjavan and Ijevan???

Nakh- ijevan is a stupid interpretaion.


Just like that stupid joke about naming Yerevan when that idiot noah yelled YEREVAAAATS!!!.

Yeah right, when his vartik/vorik yerevats.

A joke to much of my disgust was publicly told by HH Garegin I.** In addition to his nasreddin jokes. I should have killed Him then. WHAT AN IDIOT of a Catholicos???

**I have personally heard those idiotic jokes and vomitted

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11:42, 23 January, 2013


YEREVAN, JANUARY 23, ARMENPRESS. On January 23 the Mexico Municipality

made an official announcement and introduced the final decision about

removing Heydar Aliyev's statue from the central park Paseo de la

Reforma of the city. As reports "Armenpress" citing the Mexican media,

among other things the municipality announced about the decision of

changing the signboard of "Khojali" monument, which is located in

Tlaxcoaque square, and the text depicted on the monument itself by

removing word "genocide".


On January 20 the Commission for Human Rights of Mexico Federal Region

discussed the issue of removal of the Azerbaijani former president

Heydar Aliyev's statue from the park. In accordance with the decision

of the commission Heydar Aliyev's statue contradicts to the human

rights, as it was placed without consent of the residents of the city.


It was underscored in the aforesaid decision states that retaining

the statue contradicts to the human rights and memory of the victims

of violence.

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Aliyev Removal: Mexico City to relocate late Azeri president’s statue




Mayor of Mexico City Miguel Angel Mancera said that the city government will relocate a life-size bronze statue of Azerbaijan's former president from the capital’s main avenue.


Russian news agency RIA Novosti quoted Mancera as saying that the new location of the statue of the late Azerbaijani President Heydar Aliyev will be determined later this week. The relocation costs will be paid from the city budget, he added.


In November, an advisory commission issued a recommendation to remove the statue. The rights groups said they were offended by a monument of “dictator” erected in one of the busiest areas in the city.


Azerbaijan has paid around $5 million for the renovation of part of Chapultepec Park, where the statue is currently sitting, and other public works.


The protesters have objected Aliyev’s statue saying that he was an authoritarian figure, who led Azerbaijan first as Communist Party boss during Soviet times and then as president from 1993 until his death in 2003.


Baku warned earlier of damage to Azerbaijan’s relations with Mexico if the statue is removed, including the potential cuts to Azerbaijani investments in Mexico.

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