Icelandic members of parliament have submitted a proposal calling for the government to formally acknowledge the genocide of Armenians committed by the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century.
While most historical scholars agree that between 1915 and 1923, the Ottoman Empire systematically exterminated between 600,000 and 1,800,000 Armenians, Turkey has maintained that the killings were not the willful extermination of a people, but rather the consequences of war. For this and other reasons, only a handful of countries officially recognise the Armenian Genocide.
Some members of parliament want Iceland to be among those countries, Morgunblaðið reports.
Margrét Tryggvadóttir, an MP for The Movement, heads the proposal calling for Iceland’s formal recognition of the Armenian Genocide. The other two Movement MPs – Þór Saari and Birgitta Jónsdóttir – join her, along with Lilja Mósesdóttir and Guðmundur Steingrímsson, chairpersons of Solidarity and Bright Future, respectively.