STOCHOLM (Today’s Zaman)–The Swedish Parliament is preparing to vote on a motion that describes the planned annihilation between 1915-1923 of Armenians, Assyrians and Chaldeans by the Ottoman Turkish government as Genocide.
The move is worrying officials Ankara, which has also made no secret of its opposition to a similar vote scheduled for March 4 by the Foreign Relations committee of the US House of Representatives.
The news comes a week after a group of Turkish politicians was in Sweden on an official visit last week. The delegation included the chair of Turkey’s Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee, and deputies from the Republican People’s party and the Nationalist Movement Party.
According to Today’s Zaman, the group warned Swedish authorities that voting on the motion would damage bilateral relations and torpedo Ankara’s efforts to normalize ties with Yerevan.