The French Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Bernard de Chaffout voiced his regret with regards to the adoption of the Bill envisaging denial of the so-called Armenian genocide' at the National Assembly of France in the first reading, Trend reports.
Addressing the news conference, The French Ambassador stated that the adoption of the law was condemned even in France. At the same time the diplomat stated that the adoption of the Bill in the first reading does not mean its application in the near future. It is a multi-stage procedure, he stressed.
Unlike the MPs, senators are supposed to have more fore-sight. Even if the Senate adopts the Bill, there are several ways to hinder its application, Mr. de Chaffout stressed. The Bill is to be adopted finally by the next parliamentary elections to be held in March 2007. In contrary, there appears to be a breach. Another obstruction could be the interference of the Constitution Court of France, which can regard the approval of the draft document as unfair from the aspect of violation of the human rights for freedom. And of course, the President
of the Country, can revoke the law and return it to the Consideration of the National Assembly, though he does not have a right for veto, the French diplomat stressed.
Mr de Chaffout did not deny the role of the Armenian electors in the process. France does not support the Armenian lobby of France. But they are very active and have a way of pressuring members of the French Parliament, the diplomat confessed. He thinks that the French citizens of Turkish origin should be active enough to obstruct further the adoption of the Bill proposed by the opposition socialist party of France.
The Ambassador added that EU has put pressure on France to hinder the adoption of the Bill.