ANS TV, Azerbaijan
Dec 30 2011


Azeri parliament concerned at French bill on Armenian "genocide"

[Presenter] The Azerbaijani parliament has addressed the National
Assembly of France, expressing concern at the bill on the so-called
Armenian genocide. The address says that Azerbaijan is seriously
concerned about the bill adopted by the French parliament. MPs noted
that the adoption of the law like this calls into question
impartiality of France which is engaged in a peaceful solution to the
Karabakh conflict as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group.

[Correspondent] MPs discussed the daft bill adopted by French
parliament's lower chamber which envisages the punishment of those who
deny the so-called Armenian genocide. MPs noted that the adoption of
the law like this calls into question impartiality of France which is
engaged in the regulation of the Karabakh conflict as a co-chair of
the OSCE Minsk Group. Speaker Oqtay Asadov noted the importance of
addressing the [French] Senate over this issue.

[Oqtay Asadov, speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament] Azerbaijan has
always supported Turkey as Turkey supports Azerbaijan. This address,
to be sent to the [French parliament], should express an opinion of
the Azerbaijani parliament with specific facts. On the other hand, you
can also appeal to their friends at the [French] parliament and
international organizations in this regard.

[Correspondent] The address made by the [Azerbaijani] parliament urges
the French Senate to be careful and sensible with regard to this issue
and notes that the adoption of this bill does not correspond to
France's peacemaking mission.

[translated from Azeri]