French Foreign Minister Reiterates Turkey Must Come to Terms with Its Past

NEW YORK–French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier again stressed the importance of Turkey’s recognition of the Armenian genocide–speaking to reporters in New York on Tuesday.

Barnier made his remarks during a press conference held after the UN General Assembly session commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz.

Barnier told reporters that he hoped Turkey–"as a developed country," will come to terms with its past–and in aspiring to become a member of the European Union–will admit to perpetrating the Armenian Genocide 90 years ago.

He added that the EU has an "obligation to not only commemorate the victims [of the Armenian genocide] but to–at the same time–be alert and unyielding–so that similar tragic acts are not repeated."

Asked by a reporter what France’s position would be if Armenia demanded that the UN General Assembly hold a session similar to the one commemorating the liberation of Nazi concentration camps 60 years ago–Barnier reminded the reporter that the French Parliament unanimously passed a law in 2001 recognizing the Armenian genocide.


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