Azerbaijani ruling party strongly condemns French law on "Armenian genocide" (UPDATE)

Azerbaijani ruling party strongly condemns French law on "Armenian genocide" (UPDATE)

Details added (the first version was published at 15:31)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.24 /Trend M.Aliyev/

The French Senate adopted the law criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide". It made the unfounded action, deputy chairman and executive secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan party Ali Ahmadov told Trend today.

"In the Middle Ages people were executed, if they did not believe in God," he said. "The Bolsheviks punished those who believe in God. But neither the courts of the inquisition increase the number of believers, nor persecution of Bolsheviks increase the number of atheists. Thus, neither laws nor restrictions can change people's belief. It is ridiculous to adopt a law aimed at changing people's belief in the modern world, particularly in Europe."
This law is completely contrary to the principles of human rights and freedom of speech and will have no positive result, he said.

He said that by adopting this law, France made great injustice, because it is an attempt to influence people's opinions.

The adoption of the law will strengthen Azerbaijan's distrust to France's activity in the Minsk group.

"France is one of the co-chairing countries of the Minsk Group to resolve the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh," he said. "Now every Azerbaijani citizen has a question: may a country, adopting such an unjust law, have a fair position in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict? France has demonstrated its pro-Armenian position by adopting the law and acts as a defender of Armenian interests in Europe. In this case, whether France may be fair in resolving the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in this case?"

France betrayed its mediator mission in the Minsk Group by adopting the law.

"The mediator must be neutral and must not show special attitude to any of the parties to the conflict," he said. "France openly implements the mission of the Armenian lobbyist. So it has betrayed its mediator mission in the Minsk Group. Thus, it loses the moral right to be a mediator in Minsk Group."

The French Senate which is the Upper House of parliament adopted the bill. Some 127 senators voted in favour, while 86 were against on Jan.23. The Lower Chamber of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalising the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" earlier on Dec 22, 2011.

Some 45 out of 577 French MPs participated in the voting, while 38 voted for and seven against the adoption of the bill.

The bill demands about a year's imprisonment and a 45,000 euro fine for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".

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.

Ceramic plant being prepared to launch in Turkmenistan’s Lebap region
Ceramic plant being prepared to launch in Turkmenistan’s Lebap region
Network of greenhouses expanding in Turkmenistan’s Dashoguz region
Network of greenhouses expanding in Turkmenistan’s Dashoguz region
Construction of production infrastructure for three gas fields started in Turkmenistan
Construction of production infrastructure for three gas fields started in Turkmenistan
Loading Bars
France's Macron says U.S. maximum pressure on Iran not working
Israeli PM, Bahraini crown prince discuss cooperation over phone
Audit services in Azerbaijan improving step by step
Mayor urges holidaymakers to 'stay permanently' amid population boom in Bodrum
Iran purchases additional wheat from farmers
Turkish president makes phone call to Azerbaijani president
President of Uzbekistan to deliver speech at 75th UN GA session
28 Kazakhstanis died from COVID-19 on Sep 14-20
Valentina Matviyenko: Azerbaijan has been and remains strategic partner for Russia
U.S. COVID-19 deaths top 200,000 -- Johns Hopkins University
MP: Azerbaijan to give worthy response to any provocations of Armenia
Azerbaijani finance ministry’s securities in great demand
Cargo transportation volume through "Middle Corridor" by late 2020 disclosed
China's exports of flat-rolled products of non-alloy steel to Georgia down
Georgian expert: Azerbaijan harmoniously combines three world religions
Geostat reveals volume of Russian export to Georgia
Speaker of Azerbaijani parliament meets chairperson of Federation Council of Russian Federal Assembly (PHOTO)
Georgia reveals volume of processed grapes by regions
Georgia reveals export statistics of major goods to Russia
Israeli city vice-mayor: Azerbaijan highly appreciates tolerance
Baku Port: New transport corridors of Caspian Sea increases Middle Corridor's role
Iranian Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale September 23
French Development Agency to fund construction of Uzbek hydropower plants
Review of Georgian exports to China
Red Cross representatives visit Dilgam Asgarov, Shahbaz Guliyev
Turkish president: Armenia - biggest obstacle to peace in South Caucasus
Kazakhstan to greatly increase level of automation of public services
Azerbaijan's AzInTelecom supports creation of new mobile app
Purchase of wheat in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province completed
Uzbekistan permits flights for Abu Dhabi low-cost airline
Georgian company AgroKartli expect to increase apple crop
New ambassador of Netherlands to Azerbaijan arrives in Baku
Azerbaijan eyes to open two more DOST Centers till late 2020
Azerbaijan's ADY Express reveals cargo handling volumes via BTK railway
Georgian Railway sees increase in cargo transportation
Germany increases export volumes to Kazakhstan despite COVID-19
Industrial production to be increased in Uzbek regions
Uzbekistan boosts import of grain, legumes from Turkey
Azerbaijani First VP Mehriban Aliyeva attends opening of new kindergarten (PHOTO)
ADIF discloses amount of сompensations made to clients of closed banks
Kazakhstan Air Astana to resume direct flights to Russia
IRI's International Assessment Team Arrives Ahead of Georgia’s Parliamentary Elections
Iran’s NISOC can increase extraction coefficient
Kazakhstan's progress on cereals and legumes harvesting revealed as of Sept.22
Bahar Azadi gold coin price climbs
Azercosmos begins cooperation with ViewMedia
National Bank of Georgia to sell funds at foreign exchange auction
COVID-19 pandemic negatively affects Georgian Sarajishvili's company
Ceramic plant being prepared to launch in Turkmenistan’s Lebap region
Iran Customs Administration to facilitate release of imported goods
Azerbaijan to upgrade local hydrological networks
Construction of new apartments across Iran's towns going full speed
Int'l community must stop terror carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijan - Lebanese lawyer
Review of Georgian livestock export to Azerbaijan
More Kazakh citizens sent back home from Azerbaijan by sea
Azerbaijani First VP Mehriban Aliyeva attends opening of new building of Children’s Art School in Bulbula settlement (PHOTO)
Georgia plans to create low-cost airline
Volume of cotton fiber exports from Azerbaijan revealed
Turkmengas to purchase chemical products via tender
Iran discloses number of small mines restored
Uzbekistan considers joining research of vaccine for COVID-19
Iran increases amount of foreign currency assigned to importers
Siemens sees market value of energy spin-off above $20 billion
Produce in Georgia agency to begin accepting applications for its Micro and Small Business Support Program
Uzbekistan increases electric cars import
Iran’s Khouzestan Steel Company reaches new production level record
“Protect the Caspian Sea” with support of Bakcell and its partners (PHOTO)
Updates on Uzbekistan’s nuclear progress
EY Azerbaijan officially announces the start of the ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™’ 2020-2021 competition
Subsidiary of KazMunayGas to buy diesel fuel via tender
Cement imports by US from Turkey slightly up amid COVID-19 pandemic
IMF: Economic growth in Uzbekistan to be positive due to growth in construction sector
Azerbaijan's CBA discloses amount of foreign currency bought by local banks
Russia lowers import of Turkish clothes
Geostat reveals volume of citrus fruits exported by Georgia to Azerbaijan
Romanian WEVO company implementing state projects in Azerbaijan (PHOTO)
WTL ready to implement new project in Turkmenistan
Review of Georgian corn export to Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan has right to liberate its lands by military means - Turkish general
Azerbaijan confirms 113 more COVID-19 recoveries
Value of exports from Iran's Maragheh County revealed
Georgian corn oil to enter local market
ROMGAZ moves towards becoming active player on natural gas distribution market
Azerbaijan's Energy Ministry reveals data on gas production, export
Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for September 22
Youth Union of New Azerbaijan Party issues appeal regarding Armenian provocation
PACE rapporteurs welcome decision to release Tofig Yagublu to house arrest
Oil rises on expectations demand can survive new lockdowns
Azerbaijan reveals oil production, export figures for ACG, Shah Deniz field
Electricity potential of Iran's thermal power plants up
Demand for Turkish electrical goods in China down
Turkmenistan, France's MEDEF considering priorities for infrastructure dev't in country
Greece plans to properly exploit fact of receiving natural gas from Azerbaijan
Iran inaugurates new healthcare centers
Kazakhstan's postal service operator to buy spares via tender
Documents on archiving pension files to be in e-format in Azerbaijan
Kazakhstan, France trade down twofold amid COVID-19
Iran’s Tehran Oil Refining Company to boost its capital
Microsoft Azerbaijan talks about cybersecurity within country
Azerbaijani president congratulates King of Saudi Arabia
All news