Such a country like France, where democratic and human rights principles are highly developed, should be very careful in discussing such a sensitive issue, Novruz Mammadov, Chief of External Affairs Department of the Azerbaijan President`s Office exclusively told Trend today commenting the law envisaging a punishment for a denial of the Armenian Genocide, which was adopted by the French National Assembly yesterday.
Mr. Mammadov thinks that such actions may have a negative influence on international relations. He is sorry that a group of MPs of the French National Assembly have been caught by an effect of the inventory Armenian Genocide, had not counted its steps.
Mr. Mammadov is sure that adopting of such a law is contrary to principles of the freedom of person existing in France. Just imagine that in the country with the population of 60 m., all the citizens will suddenly be punished for expressing their opinions relating the events happened 100 years ago. How you can explain it? , he told.
The Head of the Presidential Administration's External Affairs Department told that first of all it is necessary to find out the exact opinion relating these events, study archives, and only then express their position. At present, the advantage of political factor is evident. And the Armenian influence on these processes is direct, he told.
The French Parliament has already acknowledged the Armenian Genocide. Why should they have raised this issue again? Politicians cannot give an exact estimation to historic events. Moreover, some French figures, specialists, and international historians have many times stated that this issue was invented, and given the adequate sources. Taking the decision when the clarity has not moved for all that may trigger negative tendencies in international relations, as well as affect the constructivity of the current negotiations on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement. Soon they will realize that the step they took was wrong, he thinks.
He also considers that amid the happening, France, as a Co-Chair of OSCE Minsk Group will have to do its best in order that its neutral position and sincerity was out of the question.