Jul 21, 2023
By Jeremy Logan
Canada is sending two officials to support a European Union mission aimed at preventing another war between between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
The unarmed E.U. mission in Armenia involves about one hundred civilian monitors keeping tabs on the security situation at the border with Azerbaijan.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has said that Canada will contribute to the mission and send two recruited experts.
The mission comes amid heightened tensions in the Nagorno-Karabakh region, an area that is largely populated by ethnic Armenians but is recognized internationally as being part of Azerbaijan.
In April, Joly said that she was “deeply concerned” about Azerbaijan escalating the long-running dispute with Armenia over the province by blocking its main access road.
In the past Canada has joined similar European Union missions, with military and civilian projects deployed to places such as Afghanistan and the West Bank.