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Foreign Ministry of Sweden regrets recognition of Armenian genocide2010-03-12 18:44
Carl Bildt, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, regrets the recognition of the Armenian genocide of 1915 by Riksdag [Swedish parliament].gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Regrettably, the decision of the Riksdag will not make a positive contribution to the ongoing process of normalisation between Turkey and Armenia, in particular the establishment of a commission charged with investigating the events in 1915," he said - Foreign Ministry of Sweden.
"Moreover, the decision will not help the debate in Turkey, which has become increasingly open and tolerant as Turkey has developed closer relations with the European Union and made the democratic reforms these entail," Bildt added.
Previously Geogia times reported the parliament of Sweden had adopted a resolution on recognition of Armenian genocide in Ottoman Empire.
Turkey responded immediately and recalled its ambassador for consultations.
The visit of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the PM of Turkey, to Sweden, scheduled for March 17th, was cancelled.
Turkey traditionally denies accusation of extermination of 1.5 mln Armenians in the years of WWI and shows painful reaction on the West's criticism of the issue.
Ankara repeatedly warned that adoption of the resolution would harm the efforts on normalization of Turkish-Armenian relations after signing protocols on establishment of diplomatic relations and development of bilateral relations, signed in October 2009.