YEREVAN / BAKU - Agence France-Presse
Nalbandian (L) and Turkish FM Davutoğlu, 2nd right, seen in this file photo. AP photo
Armenia’s foreign minister yesterday thanked Paris
lawmakers voted to make it illegal to deny that the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turkey a century ago were genocide, while their neighbor Azerbaijan
held a protest against the bill in Baku.
“I would like to once again express my gratitude to France’s top leadership, to the National Assembly, and to the French
people,” Edward Nalbandian
said. “By adopting this law, [France] has yet again confirmed a crime against humanity has no statute of limitation and its denial must be unambiguously condemned,” Nalbandian said.
Activists in Azerbaijan
held a rare street rally yesterday in protest against French
Parliament’s vote. Around 50 people from the Azerbaijani diaspora along with war veterans’ groups demonstrated outside the French
Embassy in Baku, shouting slogans like “People of France, stop Sarkozy.”