YEREVAN. (YERKIR)–The Swiss canton* of Vaud voted on Tuesday to recognize the Armenian Genocide.
Introduced by Massimo Sandri–the bill that passed in The Great Council of Cantonal Parliament–emphasizes that it was in Lausanne–Switzerland in 1923–that the Allies and Turkey signed a treaty that "swept Armenia away from the map."
"The time has come for the canton of Vaud to officially recognize the tragedy of the Armenian people," the bill states–and declares that by passing such a decision–the "Vaud canton would contribute to establishing just and lasting peace between the Turks and Armenia’s–a peace that is currently obstructed by "denial" that further deepens the pain and sufferings of a whole nation."
The Armenian Genocide was first recognized in Switzerland by the Great Council of Geneva in 1998–and then the canton’s government reinstated it in 2001 by a vote of 74 to 64–with 9 abstentions.
* Switzerland is divided into 26 areas called cantons. The cantons are composed of approximately 3000 communes. A central or federal government links the cantons into one unified country–but this central government controls only those affairs which are of interest to all the cantons. These matters of common interest include foreign policy–national defense–federal railways and the mint.