EXPERT SAYS FIGHT FOR PENALIZING DENIAL OF ARMENIAN GENOCIDE TO GET NEW STIMULUS

ARMENPRESS
FEBRUARY 29, 2012
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 29, ARMENPRESS: In this phase of the penalization of
the denial of the Armenian Genocide the winners were Turkish pressures,
threats and bribe, responsible for the political affairs office of the
ARF Bureau Kiro Manoyan said, adding that the works in that direction
must continue with new stimulus.

"There are people in the Constitutional Council who are members
of pro-Turkish organizations, or former political figures-lawyers
who were against this idea," the speaker said. He said the decision
does not bring any respect to France. Manoyan noted that France has
penalized the denial of Holocaust. He said it is necessary to exert
great efforts for finding grounding for criminalization of denial of
one genocide and for not penalizing the denial of the other.

Kiro Manoyan described the assignment of President of France Nicolas
Sarkozy to draft a new bill as "assignment of good will". Sarkozy
will not manage to complete the process: the parliament is going for
vacation in one-two days. Manoyan believes that the decision of the
French Constitutional Council is not only result of Turkey's pressures:
the statements of U.S. secretary of state, representatives of certain
European establishments also had their role.

It was the most convenient moment for adoption of the bill but the
speaker said such moment may appear again.