Monday, October 10, 2011

France Demands that Turkey Recognize Armenian Genocide

If Turkey fails to recognize the Armenian Genocide, France will adopt a law criminalizing its denial, President of France Nicolas Sarkozy said while visiting the Armenian Genocide Memorial in Yerevan. (The French Parliament recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2001, but the Senate has not yet approved the law criminalizing its denial.) In response, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu stated: "Those who will not be able to face their own history for having carried out colonialism for centuries, for treating foreigners as second-class people, do not have the right to teach Turkey a history lesson or call for Turkey to face its history." Armenia, supported by many historians and foreign parliaments, says 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the upheaval that accompanied World War One and the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. It says the events amounted to genocide. Turkey denies that the deaths of Armenians in 1915 was genocide. It says both Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks died in large numbers as the Ottoman Empire disintegrated.

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