Rights Group Blasts French Senate

PARIS (Noyan Tapan)–The French League for Human Rights issued an announcement condemning the French Senate for its failure to consider a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

The group severely criticized the Senate for failing to include in its agenda the discussion of the resolution which was passed in the National Assembly in May 1998.

"The Senate leadership cited constitutional consideration for its decision–and–furthermore–it added that the French president and the prime minister did not want the measure in the Senate agenda–for fear that the peace process in the South Caucasus could be threatened. Their decision–however–was made solely on economic concerns–and it cannot benefit and motivate peace among peoples in the region" the announcement said.

"No decision can be based on denial of crimes. The mistrust and suspicion in Armenia-Turkey relations will continue–since Turkey refuses to voluntarily recognize the realities of its own history–as well as a fact which has been proven and recognized by its own courts in 1919. The denial of history only fuels radical forces," the announcement continued.

"In reality–the Senate’s refusal and the silence by French president and prime minister were the result of fears borne from threats regarding France’s economic prosperity and its relations with Turkey," added the announcement.

In conclusion–group called the French senate and French leaders to reject threats by Turkey and further the cause of peace in the Caucasus.


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