Turkish president: Bill serving pre-election interests does not suit France
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.19/ Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
Adoption of a bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" does not suit France, as this document serves pre-election interests of one person, TRT Haber TV channel quotes Turkish President Abdullah Gul as saying.
The Constitutional Commission of the French Senate took a decision against consideration of a bill criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on Wednesday.
The Senate will consider the bill, but will take the Constitutional Commission's decision into account in voting.
Lower Chamber of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
Some 45 out of 577 French MPs participated in the voting, while 38 voted for and seven voted against the adoption of the bill.
The bill demands about a year's imprisonment and a fine worth 45,000 euros for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
In response to this decision Turkey announced that it freezes all diplomatic relations with France.
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.