Switzerland Urges Turkey to Face The Past

(AFP)–Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey on Tuesday urged Turkey to carry out a detailed study on the Armenia’s genocide–under Ottoman rule during World War I.

"We think that it is essential that every country conduct an in-depth historical research of its own past–especially when the question is so painful," Calmy-Rey told reporters after talks with her Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul.

The Swiss minister was speaking on the first day of an official visit which was originally supposed to take place in 2003–but was cancelled after the Swiss canton of Vaud officially recognized the 1915 genocide of Armenia’s. Shortly afterwards–the lower house of the Swiss parliament also followed suit–against the Bern government’s advice–and adopted a similar resolution–unleashing an angry response from Ankara.

Referring to Turkey’s call for an "unbiased" study by [Turkish] historians of its past–Calmy-Rey called the move a "good idea," but said she had proposed to Gul the inclusion of international experts in such a commission for the credibility of the work.


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