Armenia rebukes Mexico over Khojalu stance

Armenia rebukes Mexico over Khojalu stance


Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian meeting with his Mexican counterpart Patricia Espinosa in Mexico City

Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian has expressed his nation’s bewilderment over the position of the parliament of Mexico on a controversial episode of the 1992-1994 Karabakh war that he said misrepresented reality and was “flagrantly contrary” to the position of the international community.

Mexican lawmakers passed a resolution earlier this year saying that the military operation launched by Armenians near Khojalu in late February 1992 was an instance of ethnic cleansings against Azeri civilians. Armenia has denied the charge, saying that deaths among civilians happened through the fault of the retreating Azerbaijani troops.

On a visit to Mexico on Monday the Armenian foreign minister communicated to his Mexican counterpart Patricia Espinosa a message from Yerevan that such a position of the Mexican Parliament affected relations between the two countries and harmed broader efforts to settle the protracted conflict between the two South Caucasus neighbors.

According to the Foreign Ministry’s press office, Armenia’s top diplomat also “shared the views” expressed by Mexican human rights advocates that erecting a monument to the victims of the Khojalu tragedy was an insult to the memory of genocide victims just like he shared the negative reactions in Mexico and worldwide to the installation of the statue to former Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev in Mexico City.

In her turn, Espinosa reportedly gave explanations, saying that her own society had reacted negatively as well.