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Armenian Issue Still Keeps Turkish-swiss Relations Tense

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  • Armenian Issue Still Keeps Turkish-swiss Relations Tense

    PanArmenian News Network
    July 26 2005


    26.07.2005 04:11

    /PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul has censured
    Switzerland's actions aimed against Turkish politician Dogu Perincek,
    the Chairman of the Workers' Party of Turkey. It should be noted that
    addressing an event in Lausanne celebrating the 82nd anniversary of
    the signing of the Lausanne Treaty, Mr. Dogu Perincek called the
    Armenian Genocide a lie of imperialists. For that act he was taken
    delivered to a police department. It should be noted that publicly
    denying the Armenian Genocide is considered a penal action in
    Switzerland. As noted by Gul, such actions do not suit a country like
    Switzerland and he cannot imagine Turkey will put up with actions of
    the type regarding the Chairman of the political party. The relations
    between Turkey and Switzerland and Turkey were tense even since the
    beginning of the trial of Turkish historian Yusuf Galagoglu, who is
    also known for his anti-Armenian statements. It is not known yet
    whether the visit of Swiss Federal Councilor Joseph Deiss to Turkey
    scheduled in September will take place or not. The Turkish party has
    yet not confirmed the visit, which has been doubtful for a month and
    a half, the Associated Press reported.
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    Swiss FM Reaffirms Armenian Genocide Recognition

    By Anna Saghabalian

    Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey reaffirmed her country's
    recognition of the 1915 mass killings of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as
    genocide during an official visit to Armenia on Monday.

    `The Armenian genocide has been recognized in Switzerland at different
    levels, including the federal, cantonal and municipal levels,' Calmy-Rey
    said. She cited a `substantial capital of sympathy' for the Armenians
    existing among the Swiss as a major reason for that.

    In a move that enraged Turkey, the Swish federal parliament overwhelming
    voted for a resolution in December 2003 that described the slaughter of
    an estimated 1.5 Armenians as genocide. The vote came two months after
    the Turkish government angrily called off Calmy-Rey's planned visit to
    Ankara in protest against a similar resolution passed by the Swiss
    canton of Vaud.

    The visit eventually took place in March 2005, with Calmy-Rey publicly
    urging Turkey to `conduct an in-depth historical research of its own
    past, especially when the question is so painful.'

    Relations between Ankara and Bern further deteriorated over the
    prosecution by Swiss authorities of two prominent Turks who denied that
    the Armenian massacres constituted a genocide during separate trips to
    Switzerland. Swiss law forbids public denial of the Armenian and other

    `Switzerland makes periodical efforts to improve Turkish-Armenian
    relations, but it has not had much success so far,' Calmy-Rey told a
    news conference. She said she hopes a normalization of relations between
    Armenia and Turkey will be facilitated by further progress towards
    resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    According to official Armenian sources, Calmy-Rey's talks with President
    Robert Kocharian and Prime Minister Andranik Markarian focused on ways
    of increasing the presently modest volume of Swiss-Armenian commercial
    ties. Kocharian was also cited by his press service as praising the
    Swiss government for providing $34.4 million worth of economic and
    humanitarian assistance to Armenia in recent years.
    "All truth passes through three stages:
    First, it is ridiculed;
    Second, it is violently opposed; and
    Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)