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Genocide of Armenians Recognized

Updated 8:10 PM

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.

In protest, Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Ankara, and Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has cancelled his visit to Stockholm next week.

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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