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Swiss-Turkish relations hit a new low

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    Swissinfo, Switzerland
    July 27 2005

    Swiss-Turkish relations hit a new low

    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 office
    commission, told the TagesAnzeiger newspaper on Wednesday.

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

    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 blackmail".

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

    "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 investigation.

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

    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 said.

    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 asked.

    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
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    Well said Jutzet!
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