Canada names new Armenia ambassador amid Nagorno-Karabakh tensions

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Canada has a large Armenian diaspora, and the Liberals have argued that an embassy will help build up Ottawa’s knowledge of the Caucasus region, while helping foreigners with visas and Canadians with passport services.

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The news comes as Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, says Azerbaijan might be undertaking “ethnic cleansing” of Armenians in its Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has issued statements calling on Azerbaijan to stop escalating tensions, and the NDP have asked her to start imposing sanctions on officials in that country.

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