Turkey Uses Blackmail to Block Passage of Armenian Genocide Bill

(Combined Sources)–Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) Bureau member and Parliament Vice Speaker Vahan Hovhannisian said on Friday that the derailing of the Armenian genocide bill in French Parliament is yet another example of Turkey’s blackmailing policies.

"Blackmailing has been the main method in Turkey’s politics for the past 250 years," Hovhannisian said. "Therefore–it didn’t come as a surprise to us."

He added that Turkish reaction to Armenian foreign policy is a sign that the policies are working.

The French bill would have made it a punishable offense to deny the Armenian genocide. Facing threats of trade sanctions by Turkey–President of the French Parliament–Jean-Louis Debr–blocked passage of the bill and delayed its discussion until October.

"I believe that France cannot delay this issue forever," Hovhannisian went on to say. "I think–France–as a progressive European nation–will return to this issue–and we will succeed this time."

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