Trudeau talks Nagorno-Karabakh war with Armenian, Turkish leaders, calls for dialogue

Posted In: News Date:Oct 17th, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today he spoke with his Armenian counterpart Nikol Pashinyan this morning to express Canada's concerns about the war in Nagorno-Karabakh between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces that has raged on for weeks.

Speaking at a press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau said he told Pashinyan that "Canada will continue to work extremely hard with our allies to put an end to the violence.

"I encourage all sides to engage in dialogue to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict."

A readout of the phone call released by the Armenian side said Pashinyan talked to Trudeau about what he called Turkey's "destructive involvement in hostilities and the unacceptable aspiration to impose its influence in the South Caucasus." Pashinyan also thanked Trudeau for suspending the export of military goods to Turkey.

Armenian authorities have accused Turkey of sending arms — including F-16 fighter jets and combat drones, military advisers and Syrian jihadist mercenaries — to Azerbaijan to fight against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. Turkey and Azerbaijan deny these claims.

Two weeks ago, the Trudeau government suspended the export of sophisticated Canadian drone technology to Turkey while Ottawa investigates claims that it is being used by the Azerbaijani military against Armenian forces in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Canada has also called on Turkey to stay out of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh. Trudeau said he would discuss the suspended export permits with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan later in the day.


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