Demonstration Planned Against Turkish Prime Minister in Paris

Organized By ARF And ADL of France–with Support of French-Armenian Coordinating Council

PARIS (Gamkonline)–In view of Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s upcoming visit to France–the Armenian Revolutionary Federation and Armenian Democratic League (Ramgavar party) have called on French Armenia’s to participate in a mass demonstration against Turkeys’ genocidal and denialist policies–on Tuesday–July 20–at Place du Trocadero (Human Rights Square) in Paris.

In their announcement of the demonstration–the organized stated that the undertaking has the support of the Paris and Rhne-Alpes French-Armenian Coordinating Council as well as the Representative Council of Marseilles Armenian Associations.

Prime Minister Erdogan will be in Paris July 19-20–after visiting Germany and Holland–in an attempt to secure France’s support in December 2004 for beginning talks regarding Turkey’s accession to the European Union.

"At a time when French public opinion is negatively disposed toward Turkey’s accession the Union–particularly because of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide–we cannot accept the French people might be confronted by a decision that is unacceptable to them," the organizers stated in their announcement.

"We cannot accept that genocidal and denialist Turkey might join a Europe of memory and human rights. We cannot accept that a Turkish Premier will wage–right before our eyes–a campaign of disinformation–to which acquiescent media outlets will give wide coverage."

French President Jacques Chirac will cast a decisive vote on behalf of France in December regarding Turkey’s accession. In the meantime–Turkey has undertaken a massive public relations campaign in an attempt to show that it meets the European Council’s Copenhagen Criteria for accession–without–however–meeting the conditions set forth by the 18 June 1987 decision of the European Parliament–which recognized the Armenian Genocide and called on Turkey to do the same.

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