Karen Ghazaryan

29.03.2012 17:44

The Hay Dat (Armenian Cause) Office of France worked towards the
adoption of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide,
taking into consideration the numerous steps Turkey has taken against

The bill was passed by the Senate and the National Assembly despite the
efforts of the Turkish lobby. President Nicolas Sarkozy was to sign it
within 15 days. Before the bill would be signed into law, Turks managed
to collect enough signatures to apply to the Constitutional Council

"We were sure the law would be cancelled if submitted to the
Constitutional Council," Head of the Hay Dat Office of France Hrach
Varzhapetyan told a press conference in Yerevan.

On February 29 the bill was ruled unconstitutional. According to
Murad Papazian, representative of the Hay Dat Office of France,
the Constitutional Council took a political decision.

The bill will be redrafted after the National Assembly returns to work
after recess. According to Hrach Varzhapetyan, the Armenian community
is united on the issue. Although there are some other side issues,
but the national interest is above everything, he said.