Canada’s Response to Petition Regarding Armenian POWs and Azeri Aggressive Activities

1 June 2023
While the European Union, the United States and the Russian Federation (RF) have shamelessly dropped the principle of “self-determination” regarding the status of the Republic of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh), Canada is the only western country that has pursued a principled policy, adhering to the UN resolutions and incorporates the notion of “self-determination”.
Canada should be commended for its stand and for refusing to be dragged into the logjam created by the Nov. 9, 2000 tripartite “agreement” among the RF, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Armenia and subsequent meetings involving the EU and USA. As is well known, Armenia’s representatives signed in under duress since Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabagh) and Armenia were being threatened by a Turkbaijan-organized genocide.
The original application may be viewed at Petition [e-4227] to the Government of Canada

Response by the Minister of Foreign Affairs

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): Rob Oliphant

Canada supports a comprehensive, negotiated political solution to the conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Canada’s position is based on the UN Security Council Resolutions on Nagorno-Karabakh, the principles of the non-use of force, territorial integrity, and self-determination, as well as the continuation of dialogue between the parties towards promoting confidence-building measures.

Canada supports the efforts of the European Union and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in bringing the parties together. Canada stands ready to support measures to stabilize the situation and negotiations towards a comprehensive peace treaty between Armenia and Azerbaijan.

The Government of Canada is closely monitoring developments on the ground, including the ongoing protests and blockages in the Lachin Corridor, which continues to impede travel between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia. Canada has urged Azerbaijan to ensure freedom of movement and prevent further negative impacts on the humanitarian situation.

Canada also monitors the situation related to the Armenian Prisoners of War (POWs) and other detainees, and is aware of the difficulties in securing their release. Through bilateral and multilateral channels, Canada continues to call for the immediate release of all detainees as a key step in the confidence-building process. The release of POWs and detainees remains one of Canada’s priorities, and Canada will continue to raise its concerns whenever the opportunity arises.

Canada remains deeply concerned about the allegations of human rights violation facing Armenian POWs and detainees, and calls on the respective governments to fully abide by the simultaneous orders issued by the International Court of Justice for provisional measures against both Armenia and Azerbaijan. Canada continues to call on respective governments to investigate human rights allegations diligently in compliance with international human rights law.

Canada imposes sanctions against foreign states and non-state actors as a key tool for the international community to support peace and security and enforce international norms and laws. Canada’s sanction process is complex and lengthy. Canada considers bilateral consequences that any sanction could have, and primarily adopts sanctions in alignment with likeminded partners.

  1. Mr. Balabanian,
    You have a point. Not only Rob Oliphant, other Canadian parliamentarians also pander to Azeri interests. However, this response is formulated on the basis of the majority view of Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and on behalf of the “Minister of Foreign Affairs” as the document states.

  2. Canada “should put its money where it’s mouth is.”
    Canada should stop selling weapons and military parts to Turkey (and, if it does, Azerbaijan) and instead help Armenia to defend itself with advanced weapons,
    Otherwise, it’s just more hot air from Canada.
    “Talk is cheap.”

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