THE SWEDISH PARLIAMENT RECOGNIZES THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
The Parliament recognizes the Armenian genocide
Politics | 2010-03-11
The massacre of Armenians and other ethnic groups in 1915 was a
genocide. This the Swedish Parliament decided with least possible margin
on Thursday evening.
By a vote of 131 to 130 the opposition’s reservations became victorious
over the committee’s proposal. For this to be possible required four
centre-right members to vote against their own parties. This was done by
two members of the Liberal Peoples party, one from the Christian
Democrats and one maverick MP who formerly belonged to the Moderates.
The government’s line was to not classify the massacre of, among others,
Assyrians and Armenians as genocide as it should not be up to
politicians to write history.