Canada Halts Military Equipment Supplies to Turkey

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Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne

Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne

Canada’s Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne announced that his country suspend the arms supplies to Turkey, particularly devices used for drones.

“In line with Canada’s robust export control regime and the ongoing investigation, I have suspended the relevant export permits to Turkey,” Champagne said in a Twitter post Monday. “Canada calls for measures to be taken immediately to stop the violence and protect civilians.”

Champagne’s post included his official statement which said that there have been several allegations about Canadian technologies being used in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.

“Upon learning these allegations, I immediately directed the Global Affairs Canada to investigate these claims. I have suspended the relevant export permits to Turkey so as to allow time to further assess the situation,” said Champagne in his statement.

On Saturday, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada has to clarify how the military equipment supplied to Turkey have appeared in Azerbaijan. Experts had examined the footage of the Azerbaijani air force and come to the conclusion that the UAVs used by Azerbaijan were equipped with targeting and recording systems produced by L3Harris Technologies company’s Canadian branch.

The Globe and Mail periodicals reported that the said company had received a permit earlier this year to provide Turkish Baykar company that specializes in drone production with seven of those systems. According to Canadian law, sales of arms is prohibited if it can be used for violating international humanitarian laws of human rights.

“Canada continues to be concerned by the ongoing conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh resulting in shelling of communities and civilian casualties,” Champagn said in his statement Monday. “We call for measures to be taken immediately to stabilize the situation on the ground and reiterate that there is no alternative to a peaceful, negotiated solution to this conflict.”

Last fall Canada announced that it would suspend new export permits to Turkey, when that country effectively invaded northern Syria.

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