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Finland Wants Yerevan, Ankara to Find Common View on 1915 Mass Killings

© Sputnik / Vladimir Fedorenko / Go to the photo bankThe eternal flame at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian genocide memorial complex
The eternal flame at the Tsitsernakaberd Armenian genocide memorial complex - Sputnik International
Ambassador of Finland to the Republic of Armenia Christer Michelsson said that historians from Armenia and Turkey should together study the 1915-1916 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire and come to a common view.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Yerevan and Ankara should study the events of 1915 when 1.2 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Empire together and reach a common view on what happened, Ambassador of Finland to the Republic of Armenia Christer Michelsson told Sputnik on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, the German parliament voted to pass a resolution recognizing the 1915-1916 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire as "genocide."

"It would be very good if this question is analyzed by historians from both countries – Armenia and Turkey, and they would together study these difficult days in the history of their countries, and we think it would be good, desirable if Armenia and Turkey come to a common view on the 1915," Michelsson said.

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Armenian genocide has been recognized by different countries, including by Sweden, Belgium, Italy and France. Michelsson stressed that Finland’s position was that the government did not judge historical facts or historical occasions.

"The Finnish government has not taken a stand in any historical question like this," Michelsson said.

The German parliament’s resolution, proposed by lawmakers from the ruling coalition of Conservatives and Socialists together with the Green party, was voted through the Bundestag after an hour-long debate, with one lawmaker opposing the resolution and two abstaining.

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