Turkey warms to France as genocide law abandoned

By REUTERS
July 5, 2012 20:17

 
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PARIS - Turkey's foreign minister hailed the opening of a warmer phase in relations with France on Thursday as a French law on the mass killing of Armenians in 1915 was abandoned, but he received no support for a Turkish bid to join the European Union.

Ahmet Davutoglu was visiting France for the first time since the election in May of President Francois Hollande, who Turkish officials hoped might be more open to the prospect of Ankara's EU bid than predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy.

Davutoglu sought to clear the air in the wake of the row over a French law that would have made it illegal to deny that the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 amounted to genocide.

Ankara cancelled all economic, political and military meetings with Paris in December after France's lower house of parliament voted in favour of the draft law.

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