PARIS (Yerkir)–A public rally in opposition to Turkey’s accession to the European Union took place in Paris on Friday–June 12. The rally was organized by the Armenian National Committee of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation of France.
Participants of the rally gathered around the monument of Komitas–which was built in dedication to the victims of the Armenian genocide. From there–they marched to the presidential palace–where in December of this year–French President Jacques Chirac is expected to announce his final opinion on Turkey’s admission to the European Union.
In addition to the recognition of the Armenian genocide–EU resolutions adopted in 1987 and 2004 specify that Turkey must withdraw its troops from northern Cyprus–lift its blockade of Armenia–guarantee the rights its minority population and release its political prisoners before talks dealing with the country’s accession to the Union are to begin.