The federal authorities is suspending the export of subtle Canadian drone know-how to Turkey whereas Ottawa investigates claims that it’s being utilized by the Azerbaijani navy towards Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, International Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne stated Monday.
Champagne was responding to calls by Canada’s Armenian group and the disarmament group Ploughshares Worldwide to cease the export of Canadian drone optics and laser focusing on methods to Turkey following stories that Ankara has deployed dozens of unmanned plane in fight towards Armenian forces within the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh area of Azerbaijan.
Kelsey Gallagher, an skilled with Challenge Ploughshares who has studied exports of Canadian drone know-how to Turkey, stated these sensors are utilized by Turkish TB2 Bayraktar fight drones, permitting them to see what’s occurring on the bottom day and night time, in all climate circumstances.
Armenia has accused Turkey of utilizing TB2 Bayraktar fight drones left behind in Azerbaijan following current joint workouts to pummel Armenian forces from the air, accumulate intelligence and direct artillery and missile fireplace at each navy positions and civilian infrastructure.
Armenia additionally has accused Turkey of redeploying fighters from Syria to assist Azerbaijani forces. Turkey has denied sending folks or arms to the battle.
Champagne’s division to ‘assess the state of affairs’
“During the last a number of days, sure allegations have been made concerning Canadian know-how getting used within the navy battle in Nagorno-Karabakh,” Champagne stated in a press release, including that he directed officers at World Affairs Canada to research these claims as quickly as they have been made.
“In keeping with Canada’s sturdy export management regime and as a result of ongoing hostilities, I’ve suspended the related export permits to Turkey, in order to permit time to additional assess the state of affairs.”
Nagorno-Karabakh lies inside Azerbaijan however has been underneath the management of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia because it declared independence from Azerbaijan in 1991 through the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Fierce preventing alongside your complete Line of Contact in Nagorno-Karabakh raged for the ninth consecutive day on Monday, with Armenian authorities reporting heavy bombardment of the area’s capital Stepanakert and several other different cities. The Armenians reported being hit by cluster bombs which can be prohibited by the UN Conference on Cluster Munitions.
The Azerbaijani Defence Ministry, in flip, accused Armenian forces of shelling the cities of Tartar, Barda and Beylagan. Azerbaijan’s second-largest metropolis Ganja, positioned about 100 kilometres north of Nagorno-Karabakh, was additionally “underneath fireplace,” officers stated.
“Canada continues to be involved by the continued battle in Nagorno-Karabakh leading to shelling of communities and civilian casualties,” Champagne stated.
“We name for measures to be taken instantly to stabilize the state of affairs on the bottom and reiterate that there is no such thing as a different to a peaceable, negotiated answer to this battle.”
Talking at a press convention this morning in Ottawa, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced that he’s sending Champagne to Europe “to debate with our allies the developments in Jap Europe and the Caucasus, significantly in Nagorno-Karabakh.”
Armenia’s embassy in Ottawa welcomed Champagne’s announcement.
“This acknowledges Turkey’s direct involvement within the aggression towards the folks of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) perpetrated by Azerbaijan,” Armenia’s ambassador in Canada, Anahit Harutyunyan, stated in a press release, referring to the Armenian identify of Nagorno-Karabakh.
“Solely by way of joint efforts can the worldwide group cease Turkish-supported Azerbaijani aggression, backed by international mercenaries, towards the weak Armenian inhabitants.”
Armenian-Canadians need Trudeau to push for ceasefire
Canadian-Armenian group organizations that had lobbied onerous to cease navy exports to Turkey additionally welcomed the announcement.
Hagop Arslanian, deputy chairman of the Armenian Common Benevolent Union (AGBU) in Canada — one of many largest Armenian group organizations — stated the group is “happy” with Ottawa’s announcement.
“Let it’s clear that there is no such thing as a navy decision to this battle,” Arslanian stated.
The Armenian group additionally desires Trudeau to tackle a extra energetic diplomatic function by calling his counterparts in Turkey and Azerbaijan to demand a right away ceasefire, he added.
“Equally, we wish him to name [Armenian] Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and talk his assist,” Arslanian stated.
The worldwide group doubled up on its efforts to attain a ceasefire in Nagorno-Karabakh on Monday.
In a joint assertion, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Russian International Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov and Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s international affairs minister, condemned “within the strongest phrases the unprecedented and harmful escalation of violence in and outdoors of the Nagorno-Karabakh zone.”
Turkish and Azerbaijani embassies didn’t reply to Radio Canada Worldwide’s request for remark in time for publication.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan insisted on Monday that Turkey will stand with its ally Azerbaijan till it reaches “victory.” He additionally claimed that it was the worldwide group’s silence within the face of what he known as previous Armenian aggression that inspired it to assault Azerbaijani territory.
“In fact, lending assist to Azerbaijan’s wrestle to liberate territories which have been occupied is the obligation of each honourable nation. It’s not attainable for the world to achieve lasting peace and calm with out eliminating bandit states and their bandit leaders,” Erdogan stated in an handle to the nation following a cupboard assembly.
Earlier, Armenia’s Pashinyan stated “a cease-fire will be established provided that Turkey is faraway from the South Caucasus.”