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International

Parliament Debates "Genocide" in Turkey

Published torsdag 11 mars 2010 kl 12.35

The Swedish parliament is debating the proposals from some of the members demanding that Sweden officially describe the large-scale murders of Armenians and other ethnic groups in Turkey in the early years of the last century as genocide.

Some have argued that such a description would outrage Turkey which outlaws any such classification and would jeopardize those Turks favoring membership in the European Union.

Others blame the Swedish foreign ministry for being too quiet on the subject which they think should be openly discussed both in Turkey and by others.

Some Swedish editorial writers argue that the parliamentarians are not the right people to define history and that this should be left to the historians.

Protest demonstrations from both sides have taken place outside the parliament building in Stockholm.

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