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Parliament Recognizes Genocide of Armenians

Published torsdag 11 mars 2010 kl 18.56
Green MP Bodil Ceballos speaks in favor of the resolution

The Swedish parliament has voted to officially describe the murders of as many as 1.5 million Armenians and other ethnic groups in Turkey during the First World War as genocide.

The resolution was passed over the government’s wishes, with every member of the red-green opposition voting in favor, along with a handful of MPs from the government parties.

Opponents had argued that such a description would outrage Turkey, which denies any genocide took place, and would jeopardize Turkish membership in the European Union. Supporters said the Swedish Foreign Ministry has been too passive on the issue.

The Swedish votes comes exactly one week after an American congressional committee passed a similar resolution. 

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