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Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (not pictured) in Ankara December 22, 2011. REUTERS Photo

Turkey's Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint news conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych (not pictured) in Ankara December 22, 2011. REUTERS Photo

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 cancelling 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.



December/22/2011

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Mark DNIEL

12/23/2011 8:54:17 PM

Surely everyone can see this is pure electioneering - with 500,000 Armenian voters to appeal to it represents a large chunk of the electorate. Most countries have murky misdeeds from the past to bury - lets not hoist the sins of the fathers upon....

Chris Green

12/23/2011 7:13:54 PM

Stuff the French, the Greeks and the EU in general!

Bill Miyorum

12/23/2011 5:06:06 PM

Wonderful! The French government thinks it can tell people what to say and believe. And the Turkish government thinks the rest of the world doesn't know what happened in 1915. How comforting that our leaders are so dedicated to freedom and truth.

Christoph

12/22/2011 11:15:02 PM

Erdogan will get over it, just as he always does. His tantrum episodes don't last very long.

mevlut erdem

12/22/2011 7:46:42 PM

We dont need Sarkozyland( France)

JRC JRC

12/22/2011 6:33:00 PM

France will surely tremble with fear at Erdogan's words. Turkey has become a major player in the world and all countries must bow to its demands, however ridiculous they may be. Forward Turkey, forward to oblivion!

dogan kemal ileri

12/22/2011 6:32:56 PM

What goes around comes around.This is a hollow victory for Sarkozy and hes picked the wrong nation to subject to this cheap shot political prank.Voltaire et al will turn in their gravesThe principled French have Sarkozy as president is beyond belief

de Wit Hans A.

12/22/2011 6:00:29 PM

Erdogan is not allowed to do this under NATO treaty and under all the Int Laws Turkey signed under WTO rules. So simple is that.
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