On November 24, the representatives of the three parliamentary factions received Alison Marie LeClaire, Canada’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia, in the National Assembly.
Artur Khachatryan, a representative of the “Armenia” faction, a member of the Armenia-Canada friendship group, emphasized the development of bilateral relations, noting that this year marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Armenia and Canada. The deputy presented the details of the Azerbaijani aggression and its consequences to the guest. He expressed concern about the preservation of Armenian cultural values in the territories that came under Azerbaijani control after the 44-day war and emphasized that that country does not allow UNESCO to enter those territories.
Gevorg Papoyan, deputy of the NA “Civil Agreement” faction, member of the Armenia-Canada friendship group, also emphasized the importance of the development of inter-parliamentary relations, the active interaction of friendship groups. He appreciated the fact that from the first days of the 44-day war, Canada actively tried to make efforts for a ceasefire. In this context, Gevorg Papoyan emphasized the Canadian government’s decision to stop the supply of Canadian weapons to Turkey, to study the situation in detail and find out whether they were used in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict.
Gevorg Papoyan characterized the expansionist ambitions of Turkey and Azerbaijan as an attack of authoritarianism against Armenian democracy. “Our struggle is existential, we cannot be subject to a new genocide,” he said.
Mikael Tumasyan, deputy of the NA “Civil Agreement” faction, member of the Armenia-Canada friendship group, also touched on the prospects of the development of Armenian-Canadian relations.
Canada’s Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Armenia has expressed his willingness to contribute to the further deepening of Armenian-Canadian parliamentary relations and the activation of mutual visits. He emphasized that the consequences of both the 44-day war and the September aggression are in the center of their attention.
There was also a reference to the immediate repatriation of Armenian prisoners of war and civilians held in Azerbaijan, the invasion of the sovereign territory of Armenia by the Azerbaijani armed forces. The active role of the Armenian community in Canada was emphasized in the development of bilateral relations.
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