Swedish Parliament clearly states 1915 decision 'wrong': Turkey

A Senior Turkish official said that Swedish Parliament stated that the parliament decision regarding resolution on Armenian allegations was wrong.

Swedish Parliament clearly states 1915 decision 'wrong': Turkey

Murat Mercan, chairman of the Turkish Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs, said on Friday that Swedish Parliament clearly stated that the decision made in its parliament regarding resolution on Armenian allegations was wrong and that Swedish government would not apply the decision.

Mercan, currently in central Anatolian province of Eskisehir to attend a meeting of Justice & Development (AK) party, told reporters that allegations that Turkish nation committed genocide would not suit the history of the nation that fought heroically during the World War I.

"It is not the duty of the parliaments to enact Armenian draft resolutions and making a decision. Parliaments should not make decisions without having historical information and documents. This contradicts soul of democracy," Mercan said and noted that there was a possibility for Zergun Koruturk, Turkey's Ambassadress in Stockholm, to return to Sweden.

Mercan said Turkey's Ambassador to Washington D.C. Namik Tan could also return to the United States when different developments take place in the future.

He said the decisions made in the United States and Sweden were far away from facilitating rapprochement between Turkey and Armenia.

Swedish Parliament last Thursday approved a resolution on Armenian allegations regarding 1915 incidents.

The resolution was approved with 131 votes against 130.

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs also approved the resolution on Armenian allegations regarding incidents of 1915.

Turkey strongly rejects the genocide allegations and regards the events as civil strife in wartime which claimed lives of many Turks and Armenians.

Turkey and Armenia signed two protocols on October 10, 2009 to normalize relations between the two countries.

The protocols envisage the two countries to establish diplomatic ties and open the border that has been close since 1993. Turkey and Armenia also agreed to take steps to operate a sub-commission on impartial scientific examination of the historical records and archive to define existing problems and formulate recommendations, in which Armenian, Turkish as well as Swiss and other international experts would take part. However, on January 12, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Armenia declared a decision of constitutional conformity on the protocols.

Turkey thought the fifth article of Armenian Constitutional Court's verdict regarding the protocols was against the target and basis of the protocols.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mart 2010, 14:49