FRENCH HAY DAT CHIEF: CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL REPS IN BUSINESS TIES WITH TURKEY

PanARMENIAN.Net
February 28, 2012 - 21:40 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - The head of Hay Dat French office cited Turkish
pressure and underhand intrigues behind the French Constitutional
Council's ruling that the bill punishing Armenian Genocide denial
is unconstitutional.

As Hrach Varzhapetian told a PanARMENIAN.Net a number of Turkish and
Azeri media reported that the bill was ruled as unconstitutional
before the official announcement, which proves the decision was
pre-planned. According to the politician, some French media outlets
raised the issue, questioning the impartiality of some of the Council
members.

"Some of the members of the Council are known to have business and
other ties with Turkish circles," the politician said.

Varzhapetian further pledged to raise the issue during the meetings
with the Armenian community. "It's time to call a spade a spade,"
he said.

The French Constitutional Council ruled that a bill recently adopted
by the French Senate making it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide
was anti-constitutional.

In a statement the Council said the bill adopted by parliament on
January 23 represented an "unconstitutional breach of the practice
of freedom of expression and communication."

Turkey reacted furiously when the Senate approved the law. Ankara
halted political and military cooperation with France and was
threatening to cut off economic and cultural ties if the law took
effect.