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Turkish ambassador returns to Sweden

AFP/The Local · 25 Mar 2010, 07:54

Published: 25 Mar 2010 07:54 GMT+01:00

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Ambassador Zergün Korutürk will "again take up her job this week or early next week at the latest", Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told Turkish television channel CNN-Turk.

The Swedish parliament on March 11th recognised the massacres of Armenians and other ethnic groups during World War I as genocide, immediately sparking a diplomatic row with Turkey and prompting Ankara to call back its ambassador.

The Swedish government had opposed the resolution.

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt apologised to Ankara, a move which his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan called "very positive".

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt also said that the position of his government, which supports Turkey's entry into the European Union, "remains unchanged".

"We think it is a mistake to politicise history," Bildt wrote on his blog.

"Unfortunately the decision of the parliament will not facilitate the process of normalisation between Turkey and Armenia, nor the work of a commission which should investigate the events of 1915," he added.

Davutoglu on Wednesday welcomed Stockholm's position and called the vote "absurd".

A US Congress panel had branded the World War I massacre of Armenians as genocide a week before the Swedish vote, sparking a diplomatic row, with Turkey also recalling its ambassador from Washington.

Davutoglu said he was wary of sending the Turkish ambassador back to Washington as the two cases were different.

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"The Swedes clearly apologised," he said.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin were killed in systematic massacres during World War I as the Ottoman Empire fell apart. This version has the support of the main body of global research opinion.

Turkey counters that between 300,000 and 500,000 Armenians and at least as many Turks perished in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian forces.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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10:51 March 25, 2010 by zircon
Turkey:noblesse oblige... And while we are at it, why not go back as far as Pharaoh enslaving thousands of Jews.
14:43 March 25, 2010 by jazzIIIlove
"not so" long time no see

Sure, she will be back after the tension is bearable for Turkey. After all, Turkey sweeps the doors of EU so long and definitely needs Sweden's support and if a country is under-develop, one pointless thing it would do is calling back and sending back the ambassador. pretty obvious nothing more than that.

Check the news in Turkey, calling back in captions whereas right now, no news regarding sending her to Sweden. lol

15:40 March 25, 2010 by zircon
Turkey is everything but a cold turkey, the one best thing for Christmas dinner; I believe that we are just deluding ourselves when it comes to this country, that it is nothing but a semi Mongolian race living in the mountains and having sheep to do their trade or business. Turkey is, believe it or not, a global key player in global politics. Sweden needs to stop patronizing it's equals.
15:51 March 25, 2010 by flintis
Why go back to the pharaoh, Stalin & his comrades murdered more than Hitler & his henchmen, & don't forget Gallipoli
16:32 March 25, 2010 by Gurkhan

the definition of genocide was specifically coded to exclude whatever stalin does, so he is guilt-free in this case ;)

and another aspect of the definition was focused on the date of signing, that it would not work backwards in history, so nothing before the WW2 can be evaluated according to the definition which makes Russia totally an angelic land...
19:36 March 25, 2010 by sthlmstdnt
"...1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks..."

I wish people had an idea of what they were talking about. If someone tells you that something happened and if the other tells that it has never happened, you believe to whom you think is the underdog, right?

Continue believing in what you do not have any proofs... This case is soooo pointless to discuss if someone recognizes this lie or not.

Let's talk about the proofs, let's talk about history, not about politics...
20:30 March 25, 2010 by Greg in Canada
It would be a lot easier for Turkey in the long run if they just admitted the truth about the Armenian atrocities. Then there might be closure and Armenians and Turks could get on with their lives. This issue is not going away as long as Turkey continues with the denial.
05:55 March 26, 2010 by atriple
Turkey would be better off to admit the Genocide so that they can come to terms with their past history. This issue will never go away until the the turks admit to this episode.

Do the Germans deny the Holocaust? No they do not deny and the world has come to terms with that history.

The longer Turkey denies, the longer they will be considered a pariah and thier ambitions will be denied by the civilised world.
18:08 March 26, 2010 by flintis

So during the 1930 & 1940's Stalin didn't tray to wipe out the whole of Georgia?

Typical commies of this world, keep the fact that they've murdered more than the facists hidden,
04:11 March 27, 2010 by Tsait
With this Armenian genocide resolution Sweden announced to the world that they have very courageous parliamentarians serving their nation by voting for the truth and very spineless leaders, such as the Prime Minister and his Foreign Minister, who seem to stoop as low as to kowtow to Turkish threats. A bouquet of flowers goes to the Swedish Parliament, a brick goes for the "apologizing", unprincipled Swedish government leaders. They should be voted out for humiliating the Swedish people.
16:09 March 27, 2010 by zubeyde

Every year prior to April 24, the Armenian lobby increases pressure upon the US President over the speech he will deliver. But the difference now compared to the previous years is that the aim of the considered resolution by the Foreign Affairs Commission is to corner Turkey into ratifying the protocols. The same is valid for the Sweden parliement's decision.

However, they are the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Armenia's decisions which have brought the process to point of zero. Because:

The court stated that the protocols can not be interpreted or applied in a way that would contradict paragraph 11 of Armenian Declaration of Independence.

Article 11 of the Armenian Declaration of Independence of August 23, 1990 refers to Eastern Anatolia of Turkey as Western Armenia and as such beholds that this area is part of Armenia.

Since the Armenian constitution recognizes as a basis "the fundamental principles of the Armenian statehood in the Declaration of Independence of Armenia", it likewise accepts the characterization of Eastern Anatolia as Western Armenia and this, albeit indirectly, translates into the advancement of territorial claims.

Additionally paragraph 11 also states that The Republic of Armenia stands in support of the task of achieving international recognition of the 1915 Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey and Western Armenia.
19:44 March 27, 2010 by Tsait
No, zubeyde. What you write is gobbldigoog. Firstly, what brought the protocols to a halt is the unmasking of the Turkish intentions of never opening the borders with Armenia, as demanded by the Zurich Protocols. In spite of agreeing that there will be no preconditions on either Karabakh issue or the genocide issue turks have now declared to the world their true intentions of playing this game to simply give a false premise of "rapprochement" with Armenia.

Secondly, there are lots of nations in the world that have territorial, political and other issues with each other, nonetheless they have established relations and have open borders, One example is Syria that until today does not recognize the Hatay province of Turkey. But their borders are open, aren't they? US and Soviet Union did not block each other from doing political business during the hight of the Cold War, did they? Columbia-Bolivia is another example, etc...

The Armenian Constitution can say whatever it says, this does not mean they shouldn't establish diplomatic relations. Blockading a neighbouring country is actually an act of war, it is illegal and does not promote friendship. But we all know that Turkey has not evolved much from the days of theOttoman Empire, it regards the Armenians as the enemy and Armenia a thorn in its side. Having committed genocide against Armenians was the product of this type of hatred, and as long as Turkey denies this fact, encouraged by spineless leaders of Sweden, Turkey will remain a mortal enemy to the tiny state of Armenia, they, along with Azerbaijan would erase Armenia from the map at a drop of a hat, if they could get away with it. Of course Mr. Bilt of Sweden wouldn't care less if that happened.
17:53 April 4, 2010 by Kronaboy

Actually Stalin and Beríyev were Georgian (just because Erdogan is Georgian doesn't mean the rest of us are) and went out of their way support Georgia, I think its the Turks (i.e. Tatars, Kazakhs, Chechens, Azeries etc...) you are referring to. Either way the fact remains that if Europeans wish to reduce their dependence on Russian supplied gas then it has to do so via Turkey. I understand why Sarkozy is begin difficult he is after all of Armenian decent and has already secured French supplies from Algeria; what puzzles me is Merkel, Germany is completely dependent on Turkic gas supplied via Russia and there are about 5 million Turks in Germany, about 2 million of whom are registered to vote; crazy woman may be she's on the Menopause?
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