Armenian Community of Sweden Looks Forward to Swedish Government’s Position on Armenian Genocide
(Armenpress) – The Armenian community in Sweden looks forward to the Swedish government’s position on the Armenian Genocide in 2016. Vahagn Avedian, Chairman of the Union of Armenian Associations in Sweden, shared this positive outlook in an interview with Armenpress. “In 2010, the Swedish Parliament recognized the Armenian Genocide and urged the Government also to express its position. The former government did nothing in that direction, but the current government said it will express its opinion during a year. We are following this process and expecting that this year the government will announce its position,” Avedian said. According to him, work is being done on a regular basis in connection with the Armenian Genocide issue, especially in 2015. Swedish media reported numerous articles and published reports on the topic of the Armenian Genocide.
“We must actively work with the Swedish-Armenian Parliamentary Group. Their activity, we can say, depends on our activity, and we plan to work in this direction. I think that Artsakh issue must be put next to the issue of the Armenian Genocide. In particular, we saw that PACE discussed 2 anti-Armenian reports,” Avedian added.
Avedian mentioned that the concern of Syrian refugees is also important for the community. Recently, a large number of Syrian Armenians reached Sweden. “We try to help with various matters and the problems are varied: material, educational, documentation issues, etc,” Avedian said, adding that Armenian unions are collaborating with work organizations in Saturday or Sunday schools.