Vestnik Kavkaza, Russia
Dec 28 2011

Passing of bill on Armenian Genocide will harm France's international
image - Azerbaijani deputy foreign minister

Passing of the bill on the so-called Armenian Genocide by the French
Parliament would harm its international image, Azerbaijani Deputy
Foreign Minister Araz Azimov said, reports.

The deputy minister said that such an initiative is a most unusual
step for a state co-chairing the OSCE Minsk Group. Azimov believes
that the bill is based on a `false history' of Armenians. He expressed
regret at France's initiative and emphasized that Azerbaijan shares
the position of Turkey.

The lower chamber of the French Parliament passed a bill on criminal
prosecution for denying the Armenian Genocide.