FRENCH COUNCIL ASKED TO BLOCK GENOCIDE LAW

Dawn
http://www.dawn.com/2012/01/31/french-constitutional-council-asked-to-block-armenian-genocide-law.html
Jan 31 2012
Pakistan

PARIS: A group of French senators on Tuesday asked the country's
constitutional council to block a new law that bans and punishes
denial of the Armenian genocide.

The 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.

Earlier, the French National Assembly voted to back a law that would
make it illegal for anyone in France to deny that the 1915 killings
of hundreds of thousands of Armenians during World War I amounted
to genocide. France recognised mass killings of Armenians in the
Ottoman empire as genocide a decade ago, a bold step that pressure
from Turkey has prevented in countries with a large Armenian diaspora
such as the United States.

Turkey had already recalled its ambassador from France and threatened
a broader raft of diplomatic and trade sanctions.

Turkey says those killed were the victims of war, and has downgraded
relations with nations that disagreed.