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The Federal Administrative Court of Mexico has rejected the complaint filed by the Azerbaijani Embassy in a bid to ban possible dismantlement of Heydar Aliyev's monument, Cronica says.
The momnument was erected in the central park of Mexico last summer. Azerbaijan was reported to have invested nearly 5 mln USD in renovation of the park. The local authorities' decision on erection of the monument to the third president of Azerbaijan was criticized, particularly, by human rights activists. According to BBC, in late November 2012 a commission of experts recommended the local authorities to move the monument from the central park to another place. The local authorities have taken no final decision yet.
As ABC.az reports, the Azerbaijani Embassy has come out against the attempts to dismantle the monument. The Embassy says that the statue was erected in the park according to an agreement between the local authorities and the Embassy of Azerbaijan, and that this agreement should be observed. Azerbaijani Ambassador Ilgar Mukhtarov says that the removal of the statue will undoubtedly deteriorate the relations between Azerbaijan and Mexico.
The Embassy applied to the district court to ban the dismantlement of the monument. The court considered the claim in November 2012 and made a negative decision. On Jan 9 the Federal Administrative Court made a similar decision. Having considered the case, the court came to the conclusion that it cannot decide the destiny of the monument.