Kuwait News Agency
Jan 31 2012

ISTANBUL, Jan 31 (KUNA) -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
made strong warning to France, stressing that Turkey would not accept
the practice of manipulative policy to gain votes in the upcoming
French elections.

In his monthly televised speech, Erdogan expressed exasperation
over French Senate's adopting a bill that criminalizes the denial of
Armenian genocide of 1915 during Ottoman rule.

"France forgot the part it played in the 1915 incidents, where it
provided support to criminal groups back then," Erdogan noted.

He urged for opening the archives in order to prevent any forging or
"rewriting" of history.

"We do not intend to cover up anything. And, we are not against
shedding light on historical facts. However, we are against rewriting
history," the Turkish Prime Minister further voiced out.

In his speech, Erdogan also highlighted the situation in Syria by
saying that "Turkey's stance to what is happening in Syria stems
from humanitarian solidarity," adding that his government would keep
supporting the Syrian people until all injustices were resolved.

Finally, he drew attention to the gravity of sectarianism in Iraq
and that all sectors should practices some self-control to achieve a
sense of general stability in the country. (end) ta.nfm KUNA 311540
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From: Baghdasarian