SODERTALJE, Sweden (AINA)–An organization calling itself "The Ideas of Ataturk in Sweden" has been intensely lobbying Swedish politicians in recent weeks to prevent the building of an official monument commemorating the Turkish genocide of Assyrians, Greeks and Armenia’s during World War I, reported the Assyrian International News Agency.
The Swedish town’s municipality had recently promised its Assyrian community that it would erect the "Seyfo Monument" in remembrance of the Turkish genocide against 750,000 Assyrians, 400,000 Greeks and 1.5 million Armenia’s.
But the issue took a new spin as fresh reports revealed Turkish lobbyists influenced Swedish politicians to stop the planned monument.
Prominent members of the Assyrian community have been quoted in the media vowing to continue their efforts until the monument is installed. They have called upon the Turkish state to change its position and acknowledge the genocide of Assyrians.
"This is a sensitive issue for every Assyrian in the world and it is of great importance for several generations of Assyrians, that is why we will not give up so easily," said Rachel Hadodo, chairwoman of the Assyrian Federation of Sweden.
There has been an Assyrian community in Sweden since the 1970s and currently numbers at 20,000.