Norway: Accusations of "Armenian genocide" have no legal basis
The Foreign Ministry of Norway reported that neighboring Sweden's parliament's decision to recognize the so-called "Armenian genocide" devoid of legal basis.
There is no legal evidence that the 1915 events in the Ottoman Empire were "genocide", Norwegian Foreign Ministry's representative Kjetil Elsebutangen was quoted as saying by the Turkish Cihan news agency.
A week after the adoption of the resolution on "Armenian genocide" by the U.S. Congress's committee, the Swedish parliament by a margin of one vote, approved the document that recognizes the so-called "genocide."
As a sign of protest against the adoption of the resolution on "genocide" by the Swedish Parliament and the U.S. Congress, Ankara recalled its envoys from these countries. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called the decision of the Swedish Parliament mistaken, adding that Turkey will never agree these accusations.
The official said the 1915 events should be considered from a historical point of view.
"These tragic events are very important from a historical point of view, but they should not bear political or legal aspects," Elsebutangen added.
He noted that based on the UN treaties and international legal instruments, the charges of committing any kind of action can not be considered.