Law on “Armenian genocide” targets Turkey, says PM
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 1 / Trend A. Taghiyeva /
A French law criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" is aimed at Turkey and is a hostile move, according to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking on the TRT Haber TV channel.
Erdogan said Turkey would not remain silent in the face of Islamophobia, and urged Europe to act against the move.
French senators opposed to the new law have collected the required number of signatures to submit a demand that it be blocked.
On Jan.23, after eight hours of discussion, the Senate (upper chamber of the French parliament) voted to adopt the law criminalizing any denial of the so called "Armenian genocide". The proposed law received 127 votes in favor, with 86 against.
Those found guilty of breaking the law face a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the forerunner of the Turkish Ottoman Empire was guilty of the 1915 genocide against Armenians living in Anadolu. The "Armenian Genocide" has been recognized by parliaments of several countries.