OTTAWA – The Honourable Jim Karygiannis, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt, called on the government of Azerbaijan to ensure that the ceasefire agreement along the Artsakh and Azerbaijan border is respected.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends ofJunior Sergeant Armen L. Hovhannisyan, who was killed in a border skirmish on January 19, 2014.” said Mr. Karygiannis. "I pray that the peace talks will put an end to loss of life.”

Mr. Karygiannis made a Member’s Statement in the House of Commons, which read, in part:

"The envoys of the Minsk Group of countries are, at present, visiting the region and these violations serve only to complicate their work. ...

Canada has always been, and will continue to be, a supporter of peace talks between the parties. The OSCE Minsk Group should be the only venue for the resolution of this conflict. I am asking that we work to ensure that no future aggressive actions, such as the recent one by the Azeri military along the border, take place so that negotiations toward peace can continue constructively.”

In 1988, in response to the implementation of the right to self-determination by the people of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) Azerbaijan organized large-scale pogroms and ethnic cleansings of Armenians and then launched an armed aggression against the Republic of Artsakh, which resulted to the occupation of some territories of Artsakh by Azerbaijan until now.

Azerbaijan ignored the 1993 resolutions adopted by the UN Security Council, were it demanded the immediate cessation of all military operations, and initiated more and more attacks. The failure of the aggression made Azerbaijan enter into direct negotiations with Artsakh, and as a result a ceasefire was concluded in May 1994, to which Armenia joined as well.

Currently the main obstacle to the progress in the negotiations mediated by the OSCE MG Co-Chairs is the denial of the right to self-determination through the misinterpretation of the causes of the conflict, the anti-Armenian propaganda and the threats to start another war by Azerbaijan.
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