In an interview with the 1st TV channel of Armenia, the expert in
Turkic studies Ruben Melkonyan addressed the political and legal
aspects of the French Constitutional Council's statement on the bill
criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide.

"The fact is that the French state made a political assessment of
the Armenian Genocide and the French supreme legislative bodies
recognized it. However, the legal system of France, a center of
European democracy, may disagree with the country's political or
legislative system. That does not mean, however, that the French
state has changed its position on the fact of the Armenian Genocide,"
Melkonyan said.

He pointed out the fact that it is at great financial and political
sacrifice that Turkey suceeds in preventing further developments.

"It is not a complete victory at all as Turkey believes it to be. It
is temporary success to satisfy their present nationalistic desires,"
Melkonyan said.

He is sure of further political and legal processes related to the
Armenian Genocide bill, and it will be re-introduced before the French
parliament. Given the forthcoming presidential election in France,
as well as other processes, any ultimate assessments can hardly be
expected in the near future.

"Turkey's steps contribute to the international awareness and
recognition of the fact of Armenian Genocide," the expert said.

Turkey's pressure was the only reason for the French Constitutional
Council's statement. "Both this bill and the law on Jewish Holocaust
have the same legal basis. If the Constitutional Council noticed
unconstitutional elements in the bill, it must necessarily notice
the same in the law on the Jewish Holocaust. I think it is the French
legal system's task to apply equal standards or admit they are applying
double standards," Melkonyan said.

After being amended the bill will certainly be adopted, and Turkey's
efforts are doomed to failure. "Turkey will go on facing such threats
as long as it refuses to admit its guilt. The present developments
may cause discussions on the Armenian Genocide problem intensify
throughout the world. Different countries' legislative bodies are
more and more likely to adopt relevant bills," Melkonyan said.