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Sahlin Criticises Erdogan

Published torsdag 18 mars 2010 kl 13.02
Mona Sahlin

The leader of the Social Democrats, Mona Sahlin, is highly critical of the threat by Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan to expel over 100,000 Armenians living in Turkey. "I really hope it is not seriously meant," she told the news agency TT.

Sahlin does not regret last week's decision in the Swedish parliament to classify the murder of more than a million Armenians in 1915 by Ottoman Turks as genocide. She thinks that Erdogan's threats - expressed in an interview with the British BBC - puts pressure on the Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt to - in his dialogue with Prime Minister Erdogan - "not only apologise for the decision in the Swedish parliament, but also to stand up for human rights for Armenians in Turkey."

As the leader of the Swedish opposition, Mona Sahlin is Reinfeldt's main challenger to become prime minister in this September's election.

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