PARIS (Anatolia)–State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Devlet Bahceli–the leader of the Nationalist Action Party (MHP)–criticized France for adopting a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide.
Speaking at the Fifth Congress of the Turkish Federation in Paris–Bahceli said on Sunday–June 3: "The parliament of a country does not have the right to distort another country’s history. Such an attitude will damage efforts to provide global peace and stability and contradict with universal values. Jeopardizing friendly relations and cooperation ties among nations through such allegations stemming from racist feelings–is an attitude as negative and dangerous as distorting historical facts for the sake of a few votes. Our citizens living in foreign countries have a great responsibility in explaining incoherence of these ugly slanders against Turkey."
Bahceli denied the act of genocide committed in any period of Turkish history.