Turkey to restore ties with France after genocide row

ByREUTERS
June 21, 2012 16:40




ANKARA - Turkey has agreed to restore all ties with France, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Thursday, following a breakdown in relations last year prompted by a simmering dispute over the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks.

Ankara cancelled all economic, political and military meetings with Paris in December after France's lower house of parliament voted overwhelmingly in favor of a draft law to make it illegal to deny that the killings amounted to genocide.

France's highest court overturned the law two months later but the Turkish measures taken against France, which included restrictions on French military aircraft and ships landing or docking on its territory, have remained in place.

Speaking live on Turkish television, Davutoglu said Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan had ordered the sanctions be lifted after a positive meeting with France's new President Francois Hollande at a world summit in Brazil.

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