Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry calls in French ambassador
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.19 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry called in French Ambassador Gabriel Keller, co-chairman of Turkey-Azerbaijan Interparliamentary Friendship Group Necdet Unuvar told reporters on Thursday.
He said the Azeri Diaspora carries out work in France, the Azerbaijani Parliament sent address to this country's Senate, Deputy Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan discussed with the French ambassador issue of the French parliament's adoption of the bill criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
Lower Chamber of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
Some 45 out of 577 French MPs participated in the voting, while 38 voted for and seven voted against the adoption of the bill.
The bill demands about a year's imprisonment and a fine worth 45,000 euros for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
In response to this decision Turkey announced that it freezes all diplomatic relations with France.
MPs from the French President's "Union for Popular Movement" (UMP) party which has the parliamentary majority, proposed the bill which aims at criminalising denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" to the legislative committee of the National Assembly in early December.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the 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 several countries.