ZURICH AND ANKARA DISCUSS ARMENIAN ISSUE THAT HAS UPSET BILATERAL RELATIONS

Pan Armenian News
14.06.2005 07:34

/PanARMENIAN.Net/ Turkish MPs met with Chairman of the Permanent
Council of Foreign Political Commission of Switzerland (APK) Peter
Briner in Bern, reported Blick online. In the course of the meeting the
Armenian issue, which lead to differences in Swiss-Turkish relations,
was discussed. The parties also discussed the criminal proceedings
against Turkish historian Yusuf Halacoglu. Professor of philology
Yusuf Halacoglu denied the fact of the Armenian Genocide in his report
in Winterthur Swiss city on 2 May, 2004. The Winterthur Office of
Public Prosecutor started investigation of the Halacoglu case on
suspicion of racism. The case is now investigated in Zurich. After
that a number of Turkish senior officials refused from meetings with
Swiss officials. Specifically, Turkish Minister of Trade Kursat
Tuzmen refused to meet with Minister of Economy Joseph Deiss in
Switzerland. As of the Armenian Genocide, tension appeared between
Switzerland and Turkey before due to the recognition of the Armenian
Genocide of 1915 by Switzerland. Today the Turkish delegation is
scheduled to meet with the Foreign Minister and Federal Councilor.