HOLLANDE NOT PLANNING TO GO TO ARMENIA: AMBASSADOR
It was reported on Jan. 27 that French President Hollande was planning
to go to Yerevan to attend a commemoration of the alleged genocide
during World War I. AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET
The itinerary of French President Francois Hollande does not include
a visit to Armenia on April 24, Laurent Bili, French ambassador to
Turkey has said.
“There is no such planned visit within my knowledge. The story was
a surprise to me as well,” Bili told the Hurriyet Daily News today.
It was reported on Jan. 27 that Hollande was planning to go to Yerevan
to attend a commemoration of the alleged genocide during World War I.
The story also said the move aimed to deliver a strong genocide message
to Armenians, in lieu of passing a bill penalizing denial of Armenian
genocide. A recent attempt to criminalize denial was struck down by the
Constitutional Council in 2012 during Nicholas Sarkozy’s presidency.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress