Canada says Turkey and others should 'stay out of the conflict' in Nagorno-Karabakh
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada made it clear to Turkey on Friday that it and other nations should stay out of the conflict between Armenian and Azerbaijani armed forces in Nagorno-Karabakh, Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said.
Relations between Ankara and Ottawa deteriorated this week after Canada stopped exporting drone technology to Turkey while investigating allegations that the equipment was being used by Azerbaijani armed forces. Hundreds have died in recent clashes in the enclave.
Champagne, who will fly to Europe on Sunday for talks with allies about the crisis, said he had urged Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to help de-escalate the conflict and encourage close ally Azerbaijan to participate in peace talks.
"My message was very clear that Turkey and all external parties should stay out of the conflict ... we had a solid discussion where I was firm with him about where Canada stands," he told reporters on a conference call.
Champagne said both men agreed that there was no military solution to the conflict.
Turkey said on Friday that efforts by France, the United States and Russia to end the fighting would fail unless they had a withdrawal of Armenian forces from Nagorno-Karabakh, a breakaway Armenian-led enclave in Azerbaijan, ensured.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren)
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