President Gul meets Turkey’s Paris envoy
Abdullah Gul and Burcuoglu evaluated the latest situation in the aftermath of a draft bill that passed by the French National Assembly and criminalizes the denial of the Armenian allegations on the 1915 incidents, TRT reported.
Ambassador Burcuoglu was recalled to Turkey after the adoption of the bill and returned home on 23 December.
The first remarks Turkey's Paris Ambassador made about the bill after it was adopted, were "The French are now confused and embarrassed. They are now settling accounts."
The lower house of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalizing the denial of a fictitious "Armenian genocide" on Dec. 22.
Some 45 out of 577 French MPs voted, 38 of which voted for, while seven went against the adoption of the bill.
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.
The bill envisages about one year imprisonment and a fine worth 45,000 euros for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
The 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.