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Turkey Fumes Over Swedish Genocide Vote

Friday, 12 March 2010 10:10 AM EST

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Turkey has canceled a high-level summit scheduled to take place in Sweden next week in protest of a resolution passed by the Swedish Parliament, recognizing the 1915 killings of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey as genocide.

The Turkish government also recalled its ambassador from Stockholm for consultations.

"Those who think that historical facts and Turkey's views of its own past will change with decisions made on the basis of political interests of foreign parliaments are seriously deluded," the Turkish prime minister's office said in a written statement late Thursday.

This is the second time in less then two weeks that the Turkish government has denounced a foreign parliament's decision to label a bloody chapter of World War I history "genocide."

Last week, Turkey recalled its ambassador from Washington, after the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee narrowly voted in favor of a non-binding resolution, declaring the Armenian deaths genocide.

On Tuesday, Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told journalists he wouldn't be sending ambassador Namik Tan back to his post in Washington until he sees "clarity" on the resolution.

Both the White House and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed opposition to the resolution before and after its passage, arguing it would hurt relations with an important NATO military ally. House lawmakers narrowly approved the resolution by a 23-22 vote.

Similarly, the Turkish government opposed Sweden's Armenian genocide resolution. Swedish lawmakers voted to ratify the bill on Thursday, by a single vote.

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