LAURENT FABIUS INTERVIEWED BY LE MONDE (EXCERPTS)

States News Service
May 29, 2012 Tuesday

LAURENT FABIUS INTERVIEWED IN LE MONDE INTERVIEW GIVEN BY M. LAURENT
FABIUS, MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TO THE NEWSPAPER LE MONDE
(EXCERPTS)

France/Turkey/Armenian genocide law

Q. - How are you going to mend the relationship with Turkey now that
you've said you're in favour of the law criminalizing denial of the
Armenian genocide?

THE MINISTER - It's not easy. We had a very good meeting with
President G¼l in Chicago. On the Armenia issue, the decision of the
Constitutional Council will have to be taken into account.

Q. - Francois Hollande has pledged to move fast on adopting this law.

THE MINISTER - Yes, but there are still legal constraints. Be that as
it may, it's important to pick up the threads with Turkey, who plays
a major role on the economic and diplomatic fronts - for example,
on the Syria and Iran issues.

Middle East/Palestinian state