May 5 2011
Turkey’s pressure on European agencies rather strong, oppositional MP says
May 05, 2011 | 02:54
YEREVAN. – Turkey’s pressure on European agencies is rather strong,
head of `Heritage’ parliamentary group Stepan Safaryan told Armenian
News-NEWS.am, commenting on the decision by the French senate to
reject the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide.
The MP recalled that France recognized the Armenian Genocide and the
current vote will not have an emotional impact either on the French or
the Armenian side. He stressed that the voting results were not
expected with bated breath. For this reason, the MP did not see any
problems. `But if France had major problems with Turkey, voting
results might have been different,’ Safaryan noted.
As Armenian News-NEWS.am reported earlier, French Senate rejected the
bill penalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide in Ottoman Empire with
196 votes `against’ and 74 `for’.
From: A. Papazian