TURKISH LAWMAKERS MEET FRENCH PRESIDENT'S ADVISER

Hurriyet Daily News
Dec 20 2011
Turkey

Turkish lawmakers had a meeting with French president's adviser in
Paris today.

A delegation of lawmakers headed by Volkan Bozkır convened with
French President Nicolas Sarkozy's diplomatic adviser Jean-David
Levitte in Paris.

Turkish lawmakers are expected to once more stress that adoption of
a motion criminalizing denial of Armenian genocide claims regarding
the incidents of 1915 will harm Turkish-French relations.

The delegation will then meet French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe
and Parliament Speaker Bernard Accoyer.

Turkish lawmakers will then hold a press conference for Turkish and
French journalists.

The delegation headed by Bozkır and comprised of MPs Kasım Gulpınar,
Osman Koruturk, Haluk Koc and Yusuf Halacoglu are holding talks in
the French capital ahead of a vote in the French Parliament.

A French parliamentary commission adopted the mentioned motion on
Dec. 7.

The resolution will be voted at the general assembly on Dec. 22. It
envisages a "one-year prison term and a 45,000 Euro fine for those
who deny genocide recognized by French laws."