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European Armenian Federation
for Justice and Democracy
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For Immediate Release
December 16th, 2003
Contact: Talline Tachdjian
Tel.: +32 (0)2 732 70 27


Brussels, Belgium - The Swiss National Council has officially
recognized the Armenian Genocide with the adoption of the Vaudroz
resolution, introduced by Representative Dominique de Buman
(Christian-Democrat / Canton of Fribourg).

The measure, which was passed by a strong margin of 107 to 67 votes,
with 11 abstentions, declares that «the National Council recognizes
the Armenian Genocide of 1915. It [also] calls on the Federal Council
[Swiss government] to take record of it and to relay its position
via customary diplomatic channels».

In September 2003, the resolution's author, Jean-Claude Vaudroz
(Christian-Democrat / Canton of Geneva), had first attempted to
introduce the measure to the National Council, which had refused to
place the issue on the agenda.

With the passage of this legislation, the National Council has joined
the State Council of the Swiss Republic and Canton of Geneva, the
High Council of Geneva and the Canton of Vaud (Sandri resolution),
all of which have also recognized the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

"We congratulate all the parties - both within civil society and
government circles - that were active in pursuing this Armenian
Genocide recognition effort," stated European Armenian Federation
Chairwoman Hilda Tchoboian. "We were especially pleased to see the
successful results of many years of hard work by the Swiss Armenian
community, particularly those of our partner, the Switzerland-Armenia

"Free countries, one after another, have recognized the Armenian
Genocide committed by Turkey, despite the Turkish government's
continued denial and refusal to come to terms with its responsibilities
for this crime," concluded Tchoboian.
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