Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 21 / Trend, E. Mehdiyev /
France will pay dearly for its mistake if it passes a law criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian Genocide," Turkish MP
Mustafa Kabakci believes.
"We believe that the whole Turkic world will sharply oppose France's intention, and Paris will pay dearly for it," Kabakci told journalists in Baku.
He said a fictitious "Armenian genocide" problem is not a political, but a scientific issue. Turkey is ready to open all its archives, involve scientists in the issue and ensure triumph of historical truth.
"But turning historical issue into the political one and trying to accuse Turkey is wrong at all. Historians should make a verdict on the issue," Kabakci stressed.
He underlined that today's Turkey is not the same as old Turkey, and those who doubt about it will see that they are wrong.
"Turkey has never been and will never be alone. The society covering wide Turkic geography, including fraternal Azerbaijani people is near us," Kabakci said.
MPs from the French president's Union for Popular Movement (UMP), which has the parliamentary majority, proposed a bill which aims at criminalizing the denial of the so-called "genocide" to the legislative committee of the National Assembly in early December.
The bill which was signed by 40 members of the UMP party and the New Centre party, provides up to one year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros for those who deny the so-called 'Armenian genocide'.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of some countries.