Friday, March 12, 2010

Turkey Condemns Swedish Resolution Recognizing WWI Killings of Armenians as "Genocide"

Turkey recalled its ambassador to Sweden yesterday (March 11,2010) and canceled an upcoming summit between the two countries, after the Swedish parliament branded the World War I killings of some one and one-half million Anatolian Armenians as "genocide."

The move comes just one week after Ankara called home its ambassador to the United States because a U.S. congressional committee approved a similar resolution.

The issue of the Armenian massacres is deeply sensitive in Turkey, which vehemently denies the Armenian genocide, according to Today's Zaman (Turkish) website.

"We strongly condemn this resolution, which is made for political calculations," Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said in a statement, referring to the Swedish parliament vote.

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