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Swedish Parliament Turns Back Genocide Allegations

Hellenic Resources Network
Turkish Press Review, 02-03-27

The Swedish Parliament announced earlier this week that it would be improper
for it to make an official determination regarding allegations of a
so-called Armenian genocide, stressing that such issues must be evaluated by
historians rather than politicians. The Parliament also admitted that it had
acted incorrectly by recognizing the allegations two years ago since there
was no United Nations resolution covering such matters. Recalling that the
1948 UN Convention on Genocide was not retroactive, the Parliament supported
Turkey’s views considering discussions over the allegations. Murad Artin,
Swedish Left Party representative and parliamentarian, had previously
presented a motion to the Parliament’s Foreign Relations Commission. The
motion argued that the Ottoman Empire had committed genocide against the
Armenian people at the beginning of the 20th century and that the Parliament
must recognize this fact. After analyzing the motion, the commission
presented a report to the full Parliament stating that no official decision
could be made on the issue and stressing the importance of openness and
historical understanding of events which should be investigated by
professional historians. /Cumhuriyet/

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