Turkey asks French senators to reject 'genocide' bill

Turkey asks French senators to reject 'genocide' bill

ANKARA - Agence France- Presse
Turkey asks French senators to reject genocide bill

Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addresses the media in Ankara January 20, 2012. REUTERS Photo

Turkey on Friday asked French senators to reject a bill criminalising the denial of the Armenian claims of genocide, which comes before the French Senate next Monday.

"We expect (President Nicolas) Sarkozy, his party, and the French Senate to respect European values before anything else. Those who exploit history will themselves suffer from this exploitation," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said in televised remarks.
"We invite each French senator to stop for a while and think beyond all political interests," Davutoğlu told the press.
"If the bill passes, it will remain as a black stain in France's intellectual history. And we will always remind them this black stain," he said.