Journal of Turkish Weekly
Dec 30 2011

Azerbaijani Parliament Accepts Appeal to French Senate

Friday, 30 December 2011

The Azerbaijani parliament accepted an appeal to the French Senate on
the so-called "Armenian genocide" today.

An Azerbaijani MP read out the appeal. Azerbaijan is extremely
concerned about the decision taken by the French Parliament.

"We urge you to carefully consider these old and not fully clarified
historical events," the MP said. "Of course, if this law is adopted,
it would be contrary to freedom of speech and thought which has its
principal place among human rights and freedoms which are the
foundation of a democratic system."

The appeal stressed that Armenian armed forces killed hundreds of
civilians in the Azerbaijani town of Khojaly on February 26, 1992 just
because they were Azerbaijanis. "Taking all this into account, the
attempts of a one-sided assessment of historical events can lead to
disrespect for the historical realities," the MP said.

According to the appeal, the adoption of this law will put France's
objectivity as the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing country, engaged in a
peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in question.

"So, Azerbaijani MPs call on their colleagues in the French Senate to
be careful and sensitive when discussing this issue," the MP went on.
The appeal was made in parliament under a vote.

The French Parliament adopted a bill criminalising the denial of a
fictitious "Armenian genocide" last week.

Some 45 out of 577 French MPs participated in the voting, while 38
voted for and seven voted against the adoption of the bill.

The bill demands about a year's imprisonment and a fine worth 45,000
euros for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".

MPs from the French President's "Union for Popular Movement" (UMP)
party which has the parliamentary majority, proposed the bill which
aims at criminalising denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" to
the legislative committee of the National Assembly in early December.

Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the
Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the
Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian
Genocide" by the parliaments of several countries.

Friday, 30 December 2011