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An advisory commission in Mexico City has recommended the removal of a statue of ‎Azerbaijanís late Heydar Aliyev
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An advisory commission in Mexico City has recommended the removal of a statue of ‎Azerbaijanís late Heydar Aliyev that has been erected along a main boulevard of the ‎Mexican capital.

Gabriel Guerra, a member of the panel, said on November 23 that the commission has called ‎for the bronze statue to be removed from the high-profile Chapultepec Park, along Reforma ‎Avenue, and transferred to another less ďemblematicĒ location, RFE/RL reported.

Azerbaijanís government paid around $5 million for the renovation of the section of the park ‎where the statue was erected and other public works. That corner of the park was named the ‎‎"Mexico-Azerbaijan Friendship Park."

Baku has warned of damage to Azerbaijan's relations with Mexico if the statue is removed, ‎including the potential closure of its embassy and the suspension of Azerbaijani investments in
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An advisory commission in Mexico City has recommended the removal of a statue of ‎Azerbaijanís late President Heydar Aliyev that has been erected along a main boulevard of the ‎Mexican capital. ‎ Gabriel Guerra, a member of the panel, said on November 23 that the commission has called for ‎the bronze statue to be removed from the high-profile Chapultepec Park, along Reforma Avenue, ‎and transferred to another less ďemblematicĒ location. ‎
Azerbaijanís government paid around $5 million for the renovation of the section of the park where ‎the statue was erected and other public works. That corner of the park was named the "Mexico-‎Azerbaijan Friendship Park." ‎
Baku has warned of damage to Azerbaijan's relations with Mexico if the statue is removed, ‎including the potential closure of its embassy and the suspension of Azerbaijani investments in ‎Mexico. ‎
Azerbaijan says Mexico Cityís government signed an agreement stipulating the monument should ‎be allowed to remain on the spot for 99 years. ‎
Human rights protesters have said they are offended by the monument to Aliyev, who is regarded ‎by many as having led an authoritarian, rights-abusing regime during his years as ruler of the ‎energy-rich Caspian Sea country. ‎
Aliyev was Azerbaijanís longtime Communist Party chief during the Soviet era. He ruled as ‎independent Azerbaijanís president from 1993 until shortly before his death in 2003. Aliyevís son ‎Ilham succeeded his father as Azerbaijanís president. ‎
The decision on the future of the life-sized statue now rests with Mexico City Mayor Marcelo ‎Ebrard, who has faced criticism over the monument. ‎
Azerbaijanís ambassador to Mexico, Ilgar Mukhtarov, said he didnít agree with the commissionís ‎recommendations and planned to discuss the situation with city authorities. ‎
At a news conference, Mukhtarov also accused Azerbaijanís neighboring rival Armenia and ‎Armenians living in Mexico of being behind the movement to remove Aliyevís statue from the park. ‎
No Armenian comment was available/b>. Armenia and Azerbaijan have hostile relations over the ‎disputed Nagorno-Karabakh territory and other issues. ‎
The advisory commission of three writers and analysts, which was appointed by the city ‎government, said authorities had erred by accepting money to allow a foreign government to ‎essentially decide which political figures or historic events should be commemorated in Mexico ‎Cityís public spaces. ‎
The panel suggested that a citizens' board be set up to review such proposals in the future to ‎prevent similar controversies. ‎
Critics have ridiculed a plaque on the statue that describes Aliyev as a ďbrilliant example of infinite ‎devotion to the motherland, loyal to universal ideals of world peace.Ē ‎
The critics say the inappropriateness of the Aliyev statue is magnified by its location not far from ‎monuments to Mahatma Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mexican national ‎heroes. ‎
There have been suggestions that Mexico City officials werenít completely aware of who Aliyev ‎was when the decision to approve the statue was made. ‎
The advisory commission also recommended that authorities take action over a second ‎Azerbaijani-funded monument, in downtown Mexico Cityís Tlaxcoaque plaza. ‎
This statue depicts a woman, her arms uplifted in mourning, commemorating Khojaly, a village ‎where Azerbaijan says hundreds of Azerbaijanis were killed by Armenian forces during the conflict ‎over Nagorno-Karabakh, the mainly ethnic-Armenian populated breakaway region. ‎
The commission said a plaque on the monument calling the Azerbaijani deaths "genocide" was ‎misleading. ‎
The Mexico City monument to Aliyev is just one of more than 10 that have been erected in foreign ‎countries. ‎
Other countries that are home to Aliyev statues include Turkey, Georgia, Egypt, Iraq, Uzbekistan, ‎Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, Serbia, Romania, and Moldova.‎ ‎Mexico.

Azerbaijan says Mexico Cityís government signed an agreement stipulating the monument ‎should be allowed to remain on the spot for 99 years.

Human rights protesters have said they are offended by the monument to Aliyev, who is ‎regarded by many has having led an authoritarian, rights-abusing regime during his years as ‎ruler of the energy-rich Caspian Sea country.‎

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