Azerbaijan, Baku, May 13 / Trend A.Taghiyeva /
French investments in the construction of the second nuclear power plant in Turkey could have an effect on France's position on the issue of the "Armenian genocide", the Sabah newspaper quotes Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yildiz as saying on Monday.
"After these investments, France will be more attentive to its statements on the "Armenian genocide" issue. I believe that the Sinop NPP will have an effect on France's position on the "Armenian genocide" issue, Yildiz said.
In early May, Turkey and Japan signed an intergovernmental agreement on the construction of the second nuclear power plant in Turkey.
Japan will build the nuclear power plant together with France. It is reported that the construction of the second nuclear power plant in Sinop will cost $20-$22 billion. The nuclear power plant in Sinop will be built by Japanese company Mitsubishi in a consortium with the French GDF Suez, but the operator of the project will be the Japanese company.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire committed genocide in 1915 against Armenians living in Anadolu. Their efforts have achieved the recognition of the 'Armenian Genocide' by the parliaments of several countries.