Swiss Social Democrats Initiate Genocide Recognition Bill

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Twenty eight members of the Social-Democrat Party of the Swiss parliament lent their signatures–Monday–to a proposal initiated by parliamentarian John Zigler which states : "The Federal Council (the government) calls on the urgent public recognition by Switzerland of the Ottoman Turkey perpetrated Armenian Genocide which took the lives of 1.3 million Armenia’s."

The Armenian Foreign Ministry reported that the French National Assembly recognition of the Armenian Genocide on May 29 served as impetus for the aforementioned Swiss initiative.

Zigler’s proposal specifically mentions that the 5000 Armenian residents of Switzerland have long awaited this decision by federal authorities. Armenia’s throughout the world strive for the recognition of the Genocide and the reinstatement of justice–that which is thus far denied by Turkey–the proposal states.

According to the author of the bill–the fact that Switzerland has yet to sign the United Nations Convention on Genocide and Human Rights–will not hinder the rightful course of this Armenian Genocide recognition bill.

The Social-Democrat Party members who signed the said proposal remain hopeful that they will receive support from the other parliamentary factions both at the cantonal and federal levels.

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