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Turkish PM Hails Reinfeldt Despite Parliament's Genocide Decision

Published onsdag 17 mars 2010 kl 10.10
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke kindly of his “friend” prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt at a press conference in London on Tuesday. The comments come despite the shadow of the Swedish parliament’s recent decision to classify the murder of more than a million Armenians in 1915 in what is now Turkey as genocide.

Erdogan said at a press conference that he was gladdened by Reinfeldt’s Saturday phone call, during which the Swede expressed regret about the “politicized” decision made by parliament. Reinfeldt also ensured his Turkish counterpart that the Swedish people continue to think very highly of Turkey.

Together with Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, Fredrik Reinfeldt has stated publicly that his government doesn’t intend to make the parliament’s decision a part of its foreign policy.

The opposition Social Democrats have since reported him to the Committee on the Constitution, which will rule if Reinfeldt and Bildt are required to adopt the genocide resolution as law.

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