France’s Position on Genocide Unwavering

BUENOS AIRES (Yerevan News Agency)–France’s Ambassador to Argentina–Paul Dijaud–in meeting with representatives of the Armenian National Committee of South America–said France’s position in regards to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide will not change–despite Turkish pressures and Ankara’s unfriendly posturing.

During the July 7–meeting–the ANC representatives thanked the Ambassador and his government on the passage of the Armenian Genocide Bill in the French National Assembly in late May. The meeting followed a letter sent to the Ambassador on behalf of the Armenian community of Argentina and other South American countries.

Ambassador Dijaud assured the ANC delegation that French President Jacques Chirac’s postponement of his Armenia visit did not have anything to do with Ankara’s pressures on the French government. In fact–the Ambassador–questioned the unfriendly gestures coming out of Turkey. Dijaud emphasized that France’s position on the Armenian Genocide is unwavering–however–he said–his country’s relations with Turkey should not be effected by France’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The ANC delegation explained to the Ambassador that Turkey’s position on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide stem from that country’s fears of have to institute reparations to the Armenian nation.

The diplomat added that France would like to work with Turkey’ non-radical political currents in order to improve the state of human rights in the country.

In relation to the Karabakh conflict–the Ambassador frankly expressed his concerns–and told the ANC delegation that within the framework of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe–France would have an integral role to play.

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