Canada has asked Turkey to “stay out of the conflict” in Nagorno Karabakh, Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne told AFP on the sidelines of a trip to Vienna.
“I told my Turkish counterpart that he must stay out of this conflict,” said Champagne, who recently called Mevlüt Cavusoglu to inform him of the freeze on Canadian arms exports to Turkey.
Canada made this decision while it investigated possible deliveries of Canadian military equipment by Turkey to Azerbaijan.
“We must prevent external parties from becoming more involved in this conflict because we see that this prevents the ceasefire from taking shape and I believe that we should rather all commit to bringing the parties back within of the negotiating table, ”added Mr. Champagne, who met on Wednesday the Acting Secretary General of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE), Tuula Yrjölä.
Within the framework of the OSCE, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the Minsk Group is a currently active dialogue format to find a peaceful solution to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. It is co-chaired by France, the Russian Federation and the United States.
Turkey has sided with Azerbaijan since the latest clashes began on September 27. With Russia, engaged in a military alliance with Armenia, it poses as arbiter of the conflict.
Ankara said Tuesday it was “time to find a new mechanism” to resolve the Nagorno Karabakh issue and “to organize four-party talks” with Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey.
Such talks would mark the powerlessness of the Minsk Group, the historical mediator of the conflict, while a truce has been violated since it entered into force on Saturday.
The head of Canadian diplomacy is currently on a tour of Europe, notably to discuss the situation in Belarus and Nagorno Karabakh.
He reiterated to AFP on Wednesday his attachment to dialogue within the OSCE, a multilateral organization in which Belarus, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey and Russia are represented.