Turkey's ambassador will return to Paris: sources
ANKARA - Agence France- Presse
In this photo released by the Turkish Presidency Press Office, Turkish President Abdullah Gul, right, listens to Turkey's Ambassador to Paris Tahsin Burcuoglu in Ankara, Turkey, Monday, Dec. 26, 2011. AP PhotoTurkey's ambassador to Paris will soon return to France after he was recalled as French lawmakers approved a bill criminalising denial of the Armenian claims of genocide, Turkish diplomatic sources said Tuesday.
Ambassador Tahsin Burcuoğlu, who was recalled to Turkey for consultations on December 23, will resume his work in Paris to try to prevent the French Senate from approving the bill, they said.
"I do not rule out (the possibility) that he is going back. He was recalled for consultations and it was not expected that he would stay in Turkey forever," a diplomat told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Another diplomatic source said Burcuoğlu planned to be back to Paris next week.
French lawmakers last month voted to jail and fine anyone in France who denies that the 1915 killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire amounted to genocide, prompting Turkey to suspend political and military cooperation with Paris.
Turkey also threatened a new round of retaliations if the French Senate passes the bill, a process which could take months.