Turkey warns France on genocide vote

January 20, 2012 16:38


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ANKARA - Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Friday urged French lawmakers to reject a bill making it illegal to deny the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks, which comes up for a vote next week.

Lawmakers in the lower-house National Assembly voted overwhelmingly last month in favor of a draft law outlawing genocide denial. That prompted Ankara to cancel all economic, political and military meetings with Paris and briefly recall its ambassador for consultations.

NATO member Turkey, which sees the charge of genocide as a national insult, has warned it will take further action against Paris if the bill is approved.

"We call every senator to take some time to assess the issue," Davutoglu told a news conference.

"The parliament's decision will not live. It will be a black stain on French intellectual history and we will always remind them of that."

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