AZERI PRESIDENT, FRENCH SENATORS DISCUSS TIES, BILL

APA
Feb 6 2012
Azerbaijan

Baku, 6 February: On 6 February, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev
received the delegation led by the Deputy Chairman of France-Caucasus
friendship group, head of France-Azerbaijan Working group, member of
Centrist and Republican Union in the Senate, Senator Nathalie Goulet.

The delegation includes Sylvie Goy-Chavent, Jean-Marie Bockel, Herve
Maurey, Andre Reichard and Jeanny Lorgeoux.

Head of state thanked Mrs Nathalie Goulet and the other senators for
their fair position during the French Senate's discussion of draft
law criminalizing the denial of the so-called Armenian "genocide".

The president said that the relevant law discussed at the Senate was
distorting the history, run contrary to the democracy and freedom
of speech and was based on false and concocted reports. He expressed
the hope that the bill would not be adopted.

Mrs Nathalie Goulet underlined that she and the other senators would
do their best for extending relations with Azerbaijan and said that
they would give detailed information about this to the Azerbaijani
society during their meetings in Baku.

[translated from Azeri]