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