French President Macron and US Presidential candidate and former Vice-President Biden have slammed Turkey’s bellicose actions and statements in the region, demanding its immediate withdrawal.
PRESS RELEASE (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE)
(OTTAWA) September 29, 2020 – The Canadian Government should immediately halt all sales of military equipment as the full-scale offensive attacks of Azerbaijan and against the Republic of Artsakh and Armenia is now it’s fourth day. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Global Affairs, François Champagne should unequivocally condemn these aggressions and take into consideration the abhorrent crimes and violations of international law committed by Azerbaijan, with the help of Turkey. The Armenian National Committee of Canada and the entire Armenian-Canadian community are demanding for Canada to condemn this outright aggression and an immediate cease to all arms exports to Turkey immediately.
On September 27, Azerbaijan launched yet another offensive on Artsakh, along the entire line of contact. The targeting of peaceful regions and civilians far away from the line of contact, and the shelling of major cities and towns is a cause for extreme outrage. For the past few years now, Canada and the international community have refrained from using the proper language to condemn Azerbaijan’s aggression, emboldening it to push forward with attacks during an international pandemic.
In the past few days, reports have demonstrated that Azerbaijan is using the Turkish made Bayraktar TB2 attack drones, the very same drones that are equipped with the Canadian manufactured target acquisition sensors, made by L3Harris/WESCAM.
According to official reports, both civilian and military casualties are mounting, and Azerbaijan’s aggression has caused significant destruction of civilian infrastructure, including basic humanitarian supplies due in part to the use of Canadian enhanced drones.
The Armenian-Canadian community is demanding from the Government of Canada to:
1) Condemn Azerbaijan’s and Turkey’s unprovoked aggression,
2) Demand Turkey’s immediate withdrawal from the conflict,
3) Immediately halt all Canadian military aid to Turkey who’s on record providing Azerbaijan with UAVs that are equipped with Canadian manufactured target acquisition avionics.
During a global pandemic, amidst calls from every corner of the globe for cooperation, peace and unity, Azerbaijan and Turkey must put in an end to war. Canada must act now and work towards peace in the region, before it is too late.
Sevag Belian (905) 329-8526
The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Armenian-Canadian grassroots human rights organization. Working in coordination with a network of offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of the Armenian-Canadian community on a broad range of issues and works to eliminate abuses of human rights throughout Canada and the world.