French Ambassador Defends Executive’s Stance On Genocide Bill

Bursa (Anatolia News Agency)–French ambassador to Turkey Bernard Garcia–protected the French Senate’s approval of a Genocide Resolution by saying "It would be Turkey’s responsibility if it was affected by the outcome of the vote on the bill."

During his visit to Greater Bursa–he told Mayor Erdogan Bilenser that the French Republic–like Turkey–is governed by democracy and although the Executive might have the power to set the Senate’s Agenda–the Senate could ignore the decision of the Executive and carry out its own agenda. "The French Senate has been working to put the bill up to vote for the last two years–but it never happened because of the Executives stance on the issue. The voting by the French Senate was conducted against the Executive’s will."

Garcia noted that the French Executive does not believe that it is the parliamen’s task to interpret history. He added that he believes and hopes that the vote will not effect French-Turkish relations. "As the French President and the Prime Minister noted–we will continue our good relations with Turkey and continue to be the greatest supporter of Turkey on its way to the EU. Turkey should know where its friends are. Certain circles of power–which want to prevent Turkey’s EU membership–know very well that if Turkish-French relations are damaged–Turkey will suffer damages on its road to the EU," he announced.

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