ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL HIT FRANCE LIKE "BOOMERANG" - TURKISH PREMIER

Anatolia news agency, Turkey
16 Oct 06

Istanbul, 16 October: "The draft law which was adopted by French
national assembly and envisages denial of so-called Armenian genocide
as crime returned to France like a boomerang," said Turkish Prime
Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan who attended a dinner in Istanbul on
Sunday [15 October].

"Now everybody in the world is condemning France," he added.

Erdogan noted: "What France is doing does not coincide with world of
freedoms. France is claiming that it is the pioneer of freedoms. But
on the other hand, it is violating freedom of expression."

"The draft law returned to France like a boomerang. Now everybody in
the world is condemning France, even its own people," he added.