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The Foreign Minister said the review found the ‘credible proof’ technology that was used by Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

Canada has canceled Turkey’s export license for its drone technology, the ministry announced, after a government review showed that Canadian-made systems had been produced by Azerbaijan. used in conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh.

In one declare On Monday, Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said the assessment “found plausible evidence” that Canadian technology was used in the disputed territory during the six weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia at the end of the day. last year.

In early October, Canada suspended export permits to Turkey after it emerged reports that the Azerbaijani army, Supported by Ankara, used a drone imaging and targeting sensor system made by a Canadian company.

“This use is inconsistent with Canada’s foreign policy, as well as the warranties of end-use that Turkey makes,” Garneau said in a statement.

He also said he spoke with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to open a dialogue “aimed at building mutual trust and cooperating more on export permits”.

“Turkey is an important NATO ally and applications related to NATO cooperation programs will be assessed on a case-by-case basis,” Garneau added.

Earlier, Turkey said Cavusoglu had urged Canada to reconsider the defense industry’s restrictions.

“He expressed concern about Canada’s stance on the defense industry’s restrictions on Turkey and asked them to reconsider,” Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said, as the firm said. news Reuters reported.

Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, but has been under Armenian control backed by the Armenian government since a war in the mountains led to a ceasefire in 1994.

But six weeks of intense fighting broke out between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces last year, and The ceasefire is mediated by Russia, Accordingly Armenia handed over the disputed territory, reached in November.

Amnesty International accuse both sides of repeatedly attacking Frontier residential areas violate international humanitarian law, in a January report noted that weapons including cluster munitions were used.

Canada’s decision to cancel Canada’s export license comes after the anti-war group Project Plowshares raised concerns last fall (fall) over Turkey’s use of drone technology led by L3Harris. WESCAM, the Canadian subsidiary of defense firm L3Harris, produces in several conflict zones.

Cesar Jaramillo, the chief executive of Plowshares, told Al Jazeera he welcomed Monday’s announcement, “even if it has been months since it became clear that Canada’s arms exports have been illegally diverted to Nagorno-Karabakh “.

“Importantly, it is civil society and the media that have identified these deviations, not the Canadian government. This raises questions about the effectiveness of the post-export verification mechanisms handled by Ottawa, ”Jaramillo said in an email.

“Will Canada still export weapons technology to Turkey if the government is not warned of its misuse?”

In it report at the end of the period Regarding the review of export permits to Turkey, the Canadian government said it found “credible evidence that the Bayraktar TB2 UAVs – equipped with Canadian sensors – were used in the investigation.” conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh ”.

It said it did not know any credible evidence that other Canadian military goods and technology were used in the conflict.

Canada also temporarily suspended export permits for new weapons to Turkey in 2019 after Turkish forces launched an operation in northeastern Syria.



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