YEREVAN (Combined Sources)–Armenia’s parliament speaker Artur Baghdasarian thanked French Parliament Speaker Jean-Louis Debre for his handling of the Armenian genocide issue during meetings with Turkish officials recently in Ankara. Heading a French delegation to Turkey last week–Debre addressed the Armenian genocide during a meeting with Chairman of the EU Commission in the Turkish Parliament Yasar Yakis and other parliamentarians. With France’s ruling UMP party at odds with its most prominent member–President Jacques Chirac–on the prospect of Turkey’s full EU membership–Debre raised the contentious issue of the Armenian genocide
He proposed that an independent international institution conduct research on the Armenian genocide–stating it would be the only fair way to affirm the facts. During a joint news conference with Turkish Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc–Debre assured that both the Armenian genocide and the Cyprus problem were discussed with Erdogan. "Everything works more comfortably as long as people are in peace with their own history," Debre said.
During their phone conversation–Baghdasarian invited the French parliament head to Armenia–who welcomed the invitation.