STOCKHOLM, Sweden (Combined Sources) — Armenia’s leaders thanked Sweden’s parliament on Friday for adopting a resolution that recognizes the Armenian Genocide committed at the order of the Ottoman leaders.
President Serge Sargisian hailed the development at a meeting with Goran Lennmarker, the visiting chairman of the Swedish parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee. He said, “recognition of and condemnation of crimes against humanity is the best way to avert such crimes.”
Lennmarker had endorsed the resolution, which was opposed by the Swedish parliament but passed by a 131-130 vote. He said he would have voted for the measure had he not been absent from Stockholm during Thursday’s vote.
Lennmarker, who is better known in Armenia as the Nagorno-Karabagh rapporteur of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, visited on Thursday the Yerevan Genocide memorial.
Parliament speaker Hovik Abrahamian also welcomed the resolution, which had been condemned by Ankara. “I think that with its historic decision Sweden’s parliament … will also contribute to peace and stability in the South Caucasus,” Abrahamian said in a letter to his Swedish counterpart, Per Westerberg.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned, meanwhile, that the Swedish vote “can hurt relations between Turkey and Armenia.”