France may not have time to discuss new version of "Armenian Genocide" law
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.29 /Trend/
The French National Assembly may not have time to discuss the second version of the law criminalizing the denial of so-called "Armenian Genocide" before the next parliamentary elections, press service of the lower chamber of Parliament told RIA Novosti.
"It's not in the program yet, there is no room. Perhaps the president will decide to take action to change the National Assembly's order of work, but I have no such information so far.
"We have no time to spend on the reading of the bill in the National Assembly and Senate. The parliament finishes its work on March 6-7", the representative of the National Assembly said.
According to her, the current office term of the French Parliament ends on June 19, and work will resume on June 25 after the next parliamentary elections.
The Constitutional Court of France repealed a law criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on Tuesday.
The Council justified it by the fact that the law contradicts Article 33 of the Constitution of France and freedom of speech.
Following this decision, the French President Nicolas Sarkozy ordered the government to prepare a new bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
On January 23, after an eight-hour debate, the Senate adopted the bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide". Some 127 senators voted in favor, while 86 voted against.
The bill demands a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euro for denying the so-called genocide.
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.