Rachael Harder, Stop Supporting Illegal Occupation of Karabakh

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We are writing to you as citizens of Canada and permanent residents, regarding the dangerous behaviour of the Chair of Canada-Artsakh Parliamentary Friendship Group Rachael Harder who congratulated so-called President of “the Republic of Artsakh” Arayik Harutyunyan calling the April elections a “consistent development of Artsakh as a sovereign, democratic, and economically prosperous Republic…” betraying the fact that it was at the expense of military occupation of the historic Azerbaijani lands.

We are proud of being Canadians! Canada is well-known with an international reputation for supporting the rule of law not only in Canada but also in the world. We have chosen to live in this beautiful country which is deeply committed to democracy, peace, and justice. Canada has always supported and continues to support the United Nations Security Council resolution 884, adopted unanimously on 12 November 1993, after reaffirming resolutions 822 (1993), 853 (1993), and 874 (1993) and expressed its concern of the occupation of the Azerbaijani lands. 

We deeply regret that the member of Canadian parliament Rachael Harder failed to consider the occupation of the Azerbaijani lands by force: instead of condemning the treacherous plan of occupation, and recognize “Artsakh” as occupied Azerbaijani territory, Rachael Harder congratulated occupiers and violators of peace and justice for their territorial conquest and annexation.  Rachael Harder also failed to see so-called presidential elections as a notorious act for contributing to the violation of peace, instability, human suffering, and immorality in South Caucasus. 

We hope that the Canadian government, which is committed to recognizing the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan, will consider the dangerous message of Rachael Harder and express its concern regarding the so-called elections in occupied territories of Azerbaijan that continues to damage peace negotiations and is contrary to international law.

We again take this chance to express our hope and belief in Canadian government and parliament which have committed to open and honest dialogue and collaboration and all members of the Canadian government are accountable to Canadians, lives up to the highest ethical standards and Canada’s commitment to peace and justice in the world.

Finally, we highly hope and kindly request Hon. Rachael Harder to respond to our concern if she ever considered the fact that her discriminatory message regarding so-called elections in occupied territories of Azerbaijan leads to further instability and insecurity in South Caucasus.