According to sources, Ankara's official response to the Calmy-Rey proposal was not warm. Gul asserted that contrary to Calmy-Rey's claims, the Swiss canton of Waatland was wrong to accept the formation of the international commission. Noting that "Turkey is sure of itself," Gul stated that the Armenian pressure behind the genocide question derived from the Armenian people's desire to draw attention to themselves, and that Turkey could never accept accusations of guilt on the matter.
Agreeing that the matter is a difficult one, but then asserting that every country has to submit to reviews of its past history, Calmy-Rey said "It was a very difficult decision for us to make. But we had to accept it. The commission lasted for three years. It filled 20 books with its findings. The outline alone was 350 pages."
Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey travels to Diyarbakir today.