TURKEY HAILS FRENCH SENATORS' MOVE TO BLOCK GENOCIDE BILL

Ahram Online
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Jan 31 2012
Egypt

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan praises move by group of
French senators to block law banning Armenian genocide 'denial'

Turkey on Tuesday welcomed a move by a group of French senators to
ask the constitutional council in Paris to block a contentious bill
outlawing and punishing denial of the Armenian genocide.

"This move is in keeping with what we would expect from France. I hope
the constitutional council will do what is necessary," Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by private NTV television.

Erdogan wholeheartedly thanked, on behalf of the Turkish nation,
the French parliamentarians who opposed the bill.

In a move that sparked a furious reaction in Turkey, the French Senate
last week approved the measure which threatens with jail anyone in
France who denies that the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk
forces amounted to genocide.

The left-wing group of French senators said Tuesday they had gathered
72 signatures from senators opposed to the law, more than the minimum
60 required to ask the council to examine the law's constitutionality.

President Abdullah Gul was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news
agency: "I have no doubt that the constitutional council will
eventually make an appropriate decision."

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also hailed the French senators'
move, saying that with this step France embraced its own values.
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Subject: Turkey hails French senators' move to block genocide bill

Ahram Online , Egypt
Jan 31 2012


Turkey hails French senators' move to block genocide bill

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan praises move by group of
French senators to block law banning Armenian genocide 'denial'

Turkey on Tuesday welcomed a move by a group of French senators to ask
the constitutional council in Paris to block a contentious bill
outlawing and punishing denial of the Armenian genocide.

"This move is in keeping with what we would expect from France. I hope
the constitutional council will do what is necessary," Prime Minister
Recep Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by private NTV television.

Erdogan wholeheartedly thanked, on behalf of the Turkish nation, the
French parliamentarians who opposed the bill.

In a move that sparked a furious reaction in Turkey, the French Senate
last week approved the measure which threatens with jail anyone in
France who denies that the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk
forces amounted to genocide.

The left-wing group of French senators said Tuesday they had gathered
72 signatures from senators opposed to the law, more than the minimum
60 required to ask the council to examine the law's constitutionality.

President Abdullah Gul was quoted as saying by the Anatolia news
agency: "I have no doubt that the constitutional council will
eventually make an appropriate decision."

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also hailed the French senators'
move, saying that with this step France embraced its own values.

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