Khojaly : Meeting with Ambassador – Embassy of Mexico in London
After writing to the Mexican Ambassador in the UK on a number of occasions plus many follow-up phone calls on their “recognition” of Khojaly last year , I was finally invited to discuss the subject, in person, at their London office, on March 12 2014.
Having also written to the Colombian, Czech, and Peruvian embassies, Mexico was the only Embassy that expressed genuine concern about this subject, and particularly the way that their name was being used by Azerbaijan for propaganda purposes. In addition to expressing support for Azerbaijan on Khojaly, Mexico City had also erected a statue of Aliyev in their main public park. This was subsequently removed which resulted in political tension with Azerbaijan.
My meeting with Ambassador Alejandro Estivill was an opportunity to take him through the detail of my article Khojaly: The Deception of Azerbaijan and to explain more of the contextual background to the events as well as ensuring that he fully understood all of the implications. I presented the sequence of events, and the objective source facts. He understood very quickly the issues I was explaining, and saw the questions that this raised with the Azeri propaganda. I asked him to accept that there was significant ambiguity and that perhaps Azeri officials should be invited to answer the questions that he had raised.
Following my original communication he had done his own research in to how Azerbaijan was using the name of Mexico for their own publicity. This was a matter of concern to him. I also highlighted that, externally, it was seen that Mexico was “recognising” Khojaly in return for investment from Azerbaijan. He assured me that this was not true.
He confirmed that his next action would be to send all of my documentation to Ambassador Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo ( Foreign Ministry of Mexico – Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights) in Mexico.
Meeting the Ambassador and communicating the real facts behind Khojaly, highlighting the questions that need to be asked, and so creating a major sense of concern with key officials in the Mexican Government exceeded my initial expectations. Now, Mexico’s unconditional withdrawal of their previous statement on Khojaly is the only final outcome that I will be truly satisfied with.
As I was about to leave his office at the end of the meeting , he turned to me with a serious expression and asked me if I felt concerned for my safety or had received personal threats from Azerbaijan. I smiled, as I knew, for certain, that he had genuinely understood the magnitude of the information I’d just given him.