Turkey says 'racist' bill opens wounds with France

By REUTERS
December 22, 2011 18:07

 
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ANKARA - Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday a bill passed by France's lower house of parliament, making it a crime to deny genocide, was racist, discriminatory and xenophobic and said it had opened wounds with Paris that would be difficult to heal.

Erdogan said Turkey was canceling all economic, political and military meetings with NATO partner France and said Ankara would cancel permission for French military planes to land and warships to dock in Turkey as a result of the bill.

The French bill, which will next be put to the Senate, or upper house, for debate in 2012, has triggered outrage in Turkey as it would include the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey.

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