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    Go Switzerland! I want to go to Bern one day.

    Turkey should recognise the Armenian genocide and stop
    blackmailing Switzerland, says Swiss parliamentarian
    Erwin Jutzet. Meanwhile, the Swiss ambassador in
    Ankara has had to defend himself against a barrage of
    criticism concerning the Swiss investigation of a
    Turkish politician.

    "Turkey has to stop reacting so sensitively to such
    events," Jutzet, the president of the House of
    Representatives' foreign-policy commission, told the
    Tages-Anzeiger newspaper on Wednesday.

    "It would do better to recognise once and for all the
    genocide of the Armenians."

    On Tuesday Turkey presented a protest note to the
    Swiss ambassador in Ankara and the Swiss foreign
    ministry in Bern. The note concerned the investigation
    of a Turkish politician on suspicion of violating
    Swiss anti-racism laws.

    Doğu Perinçek, leader of Turkey's Workers'
    Party, has twice denied that the killings of Armenians
    around the time of the First World War amounted to
    genocide. He is the subject of two criminal

    Jutzet said it was up to Turkey to make a move
    "instead of always taking offence and resorting to

    He added that the constant denial of genocide could
    have ramifications for Turkey's much sought-after
    entry into the European Union.

    "If Switzerland were to turn its back on Turkey, it
    would be a bad sign for EU entry," he said.


    On Wednesday the Swiss ambassador in Ankara, Walter
    Gyger, was told in no uncertain terms about Turkey's
    dissatisfaction concerning the Perinçek

    Gyger countered by pointing to Switzerland's
    anti-racism laws and the strict separation of judicial
    and political powers.

    Under Swiss law any act of denying, belittling or
    justifying genocide is a violation of the country's
    anti-racism laws.

    The Turkish ambassador in Bern, Alev Kiliç, was due
    to meet the relevant representatives from the Swiss
    foreign ministry on Thursday.

    The press attaché at the Turkish embassy in Bern,
    Sibel Gal, told swissinfo: "This has caused discomfort
    and disappointment in Turkey, and such a measure falls
    short of freedom of speech and expression which is one
    of the most fundamental human rights."

    "It's even more regrettable that this was launched
    by the authorities in a friendly country whose
    reputation for upholding human rights is well known."

    Gal added that Perinçek's views "reflected historical
    facts based on scientific and academic findings of
    events during the First World War at the easterm front
    of the Ottoman empire".


    The public prosecutor in Winterthur questioned
    Perinçek on Saturday for more than two hours after a
    news conference he gave on Friday in Glattbrugg, near

    In the speech honouring the 82nd anniversary of the
    Treaty of Lausanne, which fixed the borders of
    modern-day Turkey, Perinçek called claims of genocide
    against the Armenians an imperialist lie, authorities

    Turkey's foreign minister, Abdullah Gül, described
    Saturday's questioning as "unacceptable" and
    "absolutely contrary to the principle of free speech".

    "Do these actions suit a country like Switzerland?" he

    On Sunday Perinçek repeated his denial of the
    Armenian genocide at celebrations attended by about
    2,000 Turks near the Beau-Rivage hotel, scene of the
    treaty negotiations.

    The House of Representatives has recognised as
    genocide the expulsion and massacre of more than a
    million Armenians, but the government has not.

  • #2
    Yes Go Switzerland Go!


    • #3
      Originally posted by Murtaza
      Yes Go Switzerland Go!
      Yeah, no more Go Turkey!


      • #4
        yes thanks Switzerland.
        they teach us, democracy and freedom. Well better than USA.


        • #5
          i love that kinda democracy.... well my concern is who is gonna say turkey is doing bad just because they prohibited " genocide is true" saying while doing the opposite in their very own country... i think if we want justice it must be justice-for-all kinda justice... otherwise what is it?? switzerland no longer has the right to criticize turkey for that law while having the same law.... sad but just


          • #6
            Yes at least some thinking, this goes fine for Nationalist Turks, not for Armenian.
            Tom Servo sorry my friend but learn to reality, It is Turkey who is going.

            Switzerland is harming your cause.


            • #7
              Originally posted by Murtaza
              Yes at least some thinking, this goes fine for Nationalist Turks, not for Armenian.
              Tom Servo sorry my friend but learn to reality, It is Turkey who is going.

              Switzerland is harming your cause.
              I'll learn reality and you'll learn English. Fair?


              • #8
                Because I live in Turkey, I know Turkish, sorry for my bad english my friend.
                In fact I come for improving to my english.
                So deal!
                You will help me for english, and I will help you for reality.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by The Future of Turkey
                  ... and I will help you for reality.
                  That is a very general statement. You must specify which reality you would help us WITH: Ataturk's reality, or Erdogan's reality, or Suleiman's reality, which one? Your country's got a whole deck of realities it uses to control you and your feeble-minded countrymen. Feeble-minded means dumb by the way. Not that stupidity alone is enough to explain why your country is full of pig-headed wolves. That is only a part of it. The fact that your words carry a justification of the brutal policies of your forefathers is a sign that today's Turks proudly carry the legacy of Talat and Enver and Abdul Hamid and other retched members of your cursed nation.
                  Maybe you can help me WITH another thing. You could help me WITH my aim. Just don't move please.


                  • #10
                    Karoaper, I am civilian, Do you know difference mighty soldier?

                    And, dont put words to my mouth.