Turkish MPs Draft Bill Rejecting Genocide Accusations

ANKARA (AFP)–Turkish legislators agreed Tuesday on a bill rejecting accusations that Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenia’s–while highlighting massacres of Turks and other Muslims–Anatolia news agency reported.

The draft bill–a joint initiative by the five parties in parliament–was triggered by the French assembly’s adoption last month of a bill recognizing the Armenian Genocide. Members of the parliament’s foreign affairs commission adopted the wording of the draft–which the general assembly will vote on at a yet undetermined date.

"Turkey rejects claims of an Armenian genocide–which has not been recorded and accepted in history–and considers persistent accusations on the issue as hostility," read the text.

It also condemned the killings and the brutality of France–Britain and Greece and other countries–who occupied Istanbul and Anatolia following the Ottoman Empire’s defeat in World War I and its subsequent dissolution.

The draft also said that European countries had a "moral responsibility" in more recent massacres of Muslims in Bosnia-Hercegovina and Nagorno-Karabakh.

The deputies–however–scrapped proposals that Turkey recognizes as genocide the massacres France committed in Algeria during the country’s war of independence.

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