Independent panel to review WWI events in Anatolia, says Sweden’s foreign minister.
STOCKHOLM – Sweden will establish an independent commission into the 1915 Armenian deaths and “act accordingly” to its results, the country’s foreign ministry has said.
National news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra cited Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, who spoke in parliament on Friday, saying that an independent commission of experts, politicians and historians would be established in order to investigate the 1915 events.
The result of the commission was to be then evaluated in the framework of international law, Wallstrom added.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Erik Boman added that the Swedish government had put aside the country’s decision from 2010 describing the 1915 killings as “genocide” and would act accordingly to the commission’s results, TT news agency reported.
Turkey has called for the establishment of a joint commission of historians and the opening of archives to study and uncover what happened between the Ottoman Empire and its Armenian citizens.
The 1915 events took place during World War I when a portion of the Armenian population living in the Ottoman Empire sided with the invading Russians and revolted.
The relocation by the Ottomans of Armenians in eastern Anatolia following the revolts resulted in numerous casualties. Turkey does not dispute that there were casualties on both sides, but rejects the definition of “genocide.”