Sarkozy Renews Call on Turkey to Face its History

Sarkozy addresses the CRIF dinner on Wednesday

PARIS—French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday renewed calls on Turkey to face its history by recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

Speaking at an annual dinner of the Representative Council of the Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF), Sarkozy said that France, which collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, faced that period in history. Confronting history can be a source of pride for Turkey as well, referring to that country’s continued denial of the Armenian Genocide, reported ntvmsnbc.com.

In December the lower house of France’s parliament passed a measure criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide. In January, the French Senate filed suit. However, thereafter, some lawmakers appealed the bill, which is awaiting a ruling by France’s Constitutional Council.

Last week Sarkozy vowed to redraft a law that criminalizes the denial of the Armenian Genocide, if the country’s highest judicial body finds an earlier version unconstitutional. While making the statement, Sarkozy reportedly criticized those in cabinet who had opposed the bill, saying they “did not see past the ends of their noses.”

He also said a rejection of the bill by the Constitutional Council could open the door to questioning a law that penalizes denial of the Holocaust.

Sarkozy’s calls on Turkey to come to terms with its history were first heard in October, when during a visit to Dzidzernagapert he declared that “the Armenian Genocide is a historical reality… Turkey, which is a great country, would honor itself to revisit its history like other great countries in the world have done.”

While in Armenia, he vowed that if Turkey did not address its past, other measures would be taken to rectify the wrong Turkey has carried out for almost a century.

France officially recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2001.

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  1. Hrant K. said:

    Action speaks louder than words, so far President Sarkozy has been doing more than anyone else,

    as far as promoting the Armenian Cause thru the Genocide Denial Bill. The pinacle of his Achievements will

    be the fact of turning the 2 Houses’ drafts into a French Law!!! Thank you Mr President for all your efforts,

    wishing you to be quickly contageous towards Germany, Britain (Wales exempt), Holland, North Africa &

    the Francophone and Anglo Saxon World, last but not least the remaining 7 US States, that haven’t recognized

    the Armenian Genocide in the States, and finally the Federal Govt ant the US State Dept., as well as President

    Obama, who is definitely not getting my vote on November!!!

  2. Berge Jololian said:

    Awesome :)

    ** Keep Turkey OUT of the European Union **

    Genocide Acknowledgment with Accountability: Land, Reparations and Restitution

    The axis-of-evil: US-State-Department, Israel and the English with their British Petroleum

  3. bigmoustache said:

    finally someone points out the double standard in regards to the holocaust law, and it was a frenchman.
    why arnt these stronger arguments coming from ANCA?
    i couldnt think of a better argument to counter israelis foreign minister and other critics.
    wake up ANCA, im not hearing better arguments from you

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  5. Garen Mailyan said:

    Sarkozy could have prevented the issue from going into French Supreme Court just by signing it into law. He did not do that. What is going on? Time will show.

  6. Hrant K. said:

    Garen, the mere threat, that the Holocaust Denial Law would be jeoperdized, is reason enough, that
    the French Supreme Court won’t classify the G. Denial Law as unconstitutional ! The prolongation of
    this issue is benefitting the Armenian Cause, with more efforts by the Armenian Frenchmen, more
    illumination to the Truth, and the final definitive framing of the turkish BIG LIES’ Industry!!!

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