Swiss Parliament Considers Armenian Genocide Bill Next Month

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The ‘Cumhuriyet’ has reported that the Swiss Parliament is next to examine the possibility of introducing an Armenian Genocide resolution.

Parliamentarian Joseph Ziyadis and four other colleagues have prepared a resolution which will be put on the agenda some time in March to be considered by the Parliament.

According to the ‘Cumhuriyet’ the Swiss government opposes the idea of an Armenian Genocide resolution being introduced in the Parliament for a vote. The government has turned down similar action in the past regarding the Armenian Genocide–however–Ziyadis and the other parliamentarians are determined to put the issue on the agenda next month. They submitted their first request last June. The Swiss government responded by saying the Armenian Genocide must first be addressed on the international stage–and that they would support the issue being handled by an international court of justice–and would take necessary steps at helping in the formation of such a court.

After endless efforts by these five parliamentarians–both houses of the Swiss Parliament will examine the issue in March–and determine whether a resolution should be passed.

Turkish-Swiss relations have been tense in the past–with normalization being a recent development. The Armenian community of Switzerland collected 5,000 signatures in 1995 and demanded the Armenian Genocide be recognized by the Swiss Parliament. However–the commission who dealt with the issue presented the request to the government instead of to the Parliament. The government under pressure from the Swiss Foreign Ministry–avoided the issue. Another attempt to get the Genocide recognized in 1998 met a similar fate.

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