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#41 Yervant1

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:06 AM

Holocaust would not take place if Armenian Genocide was prevented:
Jewish human rights defender

17:28, 28 January, 2012

YEREVAN, JANUARY 28, ARMENPRESS: The Holocaust would not take place if
the Armenian Genocide was prevented, Jewish ombudsman, co-author of
"Respect for Memory of Armenian Genocide Victims" book Serge Klarsfeld
said in an interview with La Liberation French newspaper, citing
Hitler's well-known phrase - "Who remembers the Armenians now?"

According to the scientist, only the fact that denial of the Holocaust
is criminally punishable in France obligates to do the same in the
issue of the Armenian genocide, Armenpress reports.

In answer to the newspaper's question that, nevertheless, there are
historians who do not consider the Armenian pogroms a genocide, Serge
Klarsfeld said: "Very often historians themselves do not want to face
the history, but in this case nothing impedes to carry out serious
studies."

According to the human rights defender, in this way the French
Parliament indicates a moral landmark in the field of politics.
"Hereafter judges will do their work not on the basis of history but
law," said Serge Klarsfeld.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:12 AM

Armenians in Russia should sign for State Duma to adopt bill
criminalizing denial of Armenian Genocide

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January 28, 2012 | 22:50


MOSCOW. - Duty of every citizen of Russia of the Armenian descent is
to sign under the call for the Russian State Duma to adopt a bill
criminalizing denial of Nazi crimes and the Armenian Genocide in
1915-22 in Turkey, head of Hamshen Armenian scientific information
-cultural center Artavazd Tulumjyan said.

`We had to raise the issue sooner or later,' he told Yerkramas
Russia-based Armenian newspaper. `We, as one of the hugest Armenian
communities in the world, cannot stay aside. Since the process started
and increases, I believe it is the duty of every Armenian in Russia to
sign under the call.'

To note, the action was initiated by the Union of Armenians in Sochi
and supported by Assyrians, Kazaks and Greeks in Russia.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:31 AM

Ukrainian writer deems Genocide motion vital to justice restoration

January 28, 2012 - 13:35 AMT


PanARMENIAN.Net - French Senate's adoption of the bill criminalizing
the Armenian Genocide denial is a vital step towards restoring
historical justice, a prominent Ukrainian author said.

`France always showed proper respect for the Armenians and the
Armenian Diaspora played a crucial role in the country. Hopefully,
many states will follow France's suit,' Vasily Shklyar told
Analitika.at.ua.

On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the
Armenian Genocide denial with 127 votes for and 86 against. To be
signed into law within 14 days, the bill will impose a 45,000 euro
fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime
against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:09 AM

SUPPORTERS OF ERGUN KIRLIKOVALI, IDIOT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE-DENIER, THREATEN TO PROTEST OUTSIDE WEEKLY OFFICES!
By Gustavo Arellano

OC Weekly
http://blogs.ocweekl...kirlikovali.php
Feb 1 2012
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You can write all sorts of damning things against individuals, yet
it's the most innocuous words that hurt. I'll never forget last year,
when I got a call from none other than Mark Weber, the head of the
Holocaust-denying Institute for Historical Review, all upset that
I called him a "cockroach" in a post. I talked him down by pointing
out that, like those insects, his kind had to hide from the public,
a point he didn't dispute but then blamed on the Jews--kidding.

(About the Jews part, at least. I think)

Something must be in the water that denialists drink, because now
the genocide deniers all bent out of shape are supporters of Ergun
Kirlikovali, current president of the Assembly of Turkish American
Associations and the idiot who insists the Armenian genocide never
happened.

Any sane person would agree anyone who willfully denies the Armenian
genocide is an idiot--but it's that simple insight that has me in
hot water with Kirlikovali's fans.

Last Thursday, our receptionist told me that someone called threatening
to occupy the Weekly's offices unless I met with them--something
about me insulting their leader. It finally dawned on me that they
were referring to this post, where I noted Kirlikovali was an idiot,
mostly for having the ATAA whine that genocides should only be deemed
as such by historians...then claiming France committed genocide
against Algerians.

Yesterday, Taylor found the angry message--roll the tape!

CLICK HERE FOR THE HILARITY!

Yes, angry man: Kirlikovali is an idiot. If you think the Armenian
genocide didn't happen, then you're an idiot, too. So is anyone who
denies it. Idiot. Idiot. Idiot.

Feel free to protest outside our offices--just make sure to bring the
raki and iskender kabob, as you might as well make yourself useful
for something.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 11:12 AM

TOP FRENCH COURT ASKED TO WEIGH IN ON BILL MAKING IT A CRIME TO DENY ARMENIAN GENOCIDE

Washington Post
http://www.washingto...jeeQ_story.html
Jan 31 2012

PARIS - France's Constitutional Council has been asked on Tuesday to
determine whether a bill concerning the mass killings of Armenians
a century ago violates the constitution.

The bill makes it a crime to deny that the killings of some 1.5
million Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 constituted genocide.

Turkey, which says there was no systematic campaign against Armenians,
is strongly opposed to the bill and says relations with France will
suffer as a result.

Turkey suspended military and economic cooperation after the lower
house approval of the measure in December. The Senate gave it the
green light in late January.

President Nicolas Sarkozy - who personally backed the bill - must sign
the legislation for it to become law. However, the latest action will
delay the process.

The Constitutional Council said groups of legislators have submitted
a formal request that the body rule on the measure's constitutionality.

It has up to a month to do so.

Turkish officials welcomed the move. President Abdullah Gul said,
"I hope the French court makes the right decision."

Even within the French mainstream, the measure sowed divisions on
Sarkozy's right and on the rival left with some lawmakers expressing
some of the same concerns as Ankara, notably that denying the mass
killings of Armenians nearly a century ago impinges on freedom of
expression and legislates in a domain better left to historians.

France's relations with Turkey are already strained, in large part
because Sarkozy opposes Turkey's entry into the European Union.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 02:56 PM

THE POLITICS OF GENOCIDE

Cleveland Jewish News
http://www.cleveland...19bb2963f4.html
Feb 2 2012

ALAN S. ROSENBAUM

Larry Derfner argues in an article in the Forward last month, with
some logical force, that for the Israeli Knesset at this time to
suddenly recognize the 1915-16 Armenian genocide at the hands of the
Ottoman Turks is inconsistent with Israel's past silence and smacks
of political expediency.

He suggests the government of Israel should continue its silence on
the death of over 1 million Armenians to avoid further antagonizing
Turkey's Islamist government.

The problem: If a calamitous truth like genocide is the truth, it
should always be officially acknowledged, especially by the Jewish
state of Israel, given the latter's intimate link to the genocide of
the Holocaust.

Many Israelis and other Jews would be incensed if a government
or people were to be denied public validation of the historical
atrocities committed against them. They would likely insist on its
official recognition and mount a challenge to those who would deny
such clear, basic and important historical truths.

Even the U.S. government has not been immune to political
considerations often trumping momentous historical truths. For
example, 126 Holocaust scholars, including this writer, placed a
full-page ad in The New York Times (June 9, 2000) calling on Congress
and Western democracies to officially resolve that the Armenian
genocide is incontestably true and that, as a successor government,
the present government of Turkey ought to take moral responsibility
for the genocide.

To this appeal the Turks gave a decisive counterargument: that to
do so would compel, among other things, Turkey's reconsideration of
America's use of the Incirlik Air Base close to its border with Iraq.

Congress and other countries caved to political or pragmatic pressure.

Despite the then-candidate for president Obama's campaign pledge to
the contrary, the president continues the practice of non-recognition
in order not to disturb America's political relations with Turkey.

To bolster Turkey's position, its penal code stipulates that
"insults to Turkishness" will not be tolerated. This obviously
elastic provision allows for the prosecution of individuals who
"insult Turkishness" by publicly affirming that Turkey was to blame
for the Armenian genocide. Turkey's position is that what happened to
the Armenians was nothing more than a tragic massacre in the context
of the collapsing Ottoman Empire.

Although many countries like Canada, Germany and Belgium have laws
against Holocaust denial, these laws are designed to prevent public
expressions of anti-Semitism and divisive threats to Jews and to
societal stability. Such laws tend to further affirm historical truth
and universal respect for persons and are not used to deny historical
truth, as is the case with Turkey.

However, some argue that criminalizing "genocide denial," a move that
France may also soon take, is a step in the wrong direction. They
claim that it tends to short-circuit discussion and debate.

Indeed, judicial findings may sometimes be used to advance certain
historical truths and to apportion individual culpability. But the
difficulty with this argument is that some "issues" are, on principle,
never open to debate. Namely, the victims of racism or anti-Semitism
should never be expected to defend their own moral equality as
persons. The persistent derogatory references to Jews in European
countries was a major contributing factor to the Holocaust. It is
simply morally offensive to allow legitimacy of such talk.

On the other hand, to place a mass atrocity's reality beyond legitimate
debate, it needs only good, sufficient evidence by authoritative
sources, including trustworthy legal ones, like the findings of
the Nuremberg Trials after World War II. Whether mass killings
amount to genocide is open for legitimate discussion. The identity
of the perpetrators, the means used, body counts, where ultimate
responsibility lies, and context are all variables that should always
be in play as freedom of expression should permit. That particular
mass killings or genocidal events once established have occurred,
as in the instance of the Armenians or the Jews, is not subject to
legitimate debate.


Important historical realities like genocide should always be
officially respected so that moral and financial accountability and
the process of restorative justice are possible. To deny such history
only invites repetition. It also serves to encourage the subversion
of the truth in the name of pragmatic or political expediency.


Alan S. Rosenbaum is a professor of philosophy at Cleveland State
University and editor of the Third Edition of Is the Holocaust Unique?

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:02 PM


Turkey bans French military aircrafts to enter its air space
After French Senate passed a bill criminalizing the denial of Armenian Genocide, France started to carry out those sanctions declared earlier.
Source: “Turkiyegazetesi.com”



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Posted 07 February 2012 - 03:27 PM


Azerbaijan’s FM meets French senators opposing Genocide bill
Posted ImageFebruary 7, 2012 - 19:33 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net - Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with delegation of French senators headed by Nathalie Goulet. The delegation comprises senators having appealed to the Constitutional Court with a demand to abolish the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial.

The delegation consist of senators Nathalie Goulet, Sylvie Goy-Chavent, Jean-Marie Bockel, Hervé Maurey, André Reichardt and Jeanny Lorgeoux.

FM Mammadyarov stressed the importance of the visit for development of bilateral ties, noting that Azerbaijanis showed emotional approach to the Genocide bill passed by the French Senate, Azerbaijan Press Agency (APA) reported.

On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial with 127 votes for and 86 against. Expected to be signed into law by President within 14 days, the bill will impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

Two separate groups of French politicians who oppose the legislation - from both the Senate and the lower house - said they had formally requested the constitutional council examine the law. The groups said they each had gathered more than the minimum 60 signatures required to ask the council to test the law's constitutionality. The council is obliged to deliver its judgment within a month, but this can be reduced to eight days if the government deems the matter urgent.



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Posted 08 February 2012 - 11:25 AM

MORE TURKISH FREE SPEECH HYPOCRISY
by Michael Rubin

Commentary Magazine
http://www.commentar...eech-hypocrisy/
Feb 7 2012

The Swiss government has started an inquiry into a statement by Egemen
BagıÅ~_, Turkey's minister for European Union affairs, in which
BagıÅ~_ stated that the Armenians suffered no genocide. According to
a report in the Turkish press, BagıÅ~_ said, "There is no Armenian
genocide. Let them arrest me." Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag
commented on the incident, "Can't a minister of a country express
his views speaking in another country? It's ridiculous."

While I'm not in favor of laws restricting the speech, no matter how
wrong the speaker, BagıÅ~_ and Bozdag's stand is rich considering
that BagıÅ~_ - with the apparent blessing of Namik Tan, the Turkish
ambassador in Washington - tried to sue me into silence after I wrote
a series of articles criticizing Turkish government policies. Turkish
officials believe in free speech for themselves, but seek to censor
when speech is used to challenge their ideas.

The reality today is that, despite BagıÅ~_ and Tan's best efforts,
the only place Turks or Turkish analysts enjoy free speech is outside
of Turkey. Hence, as Jonathan noted yesterday, in order to defend
free speech, Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, the chairman of the Republican
Peoples Party, the largest secular party in Turkey, took to the pages
of The Washington Post rather than a Turkish outlet. As Kılıcdaroglu
explained:

Turkey today is a country where people live in fear and are divided
politically, economically and socially. Our democracy is regressing
in terms of the separation of powers, basic human rights and freedoms
and social development and justice. Citizens worry deeply about their
future. These points are, sadly, reflected in most major international
indexes, such as Human Rights Watch, which rank Turkey quite low in
terms of human rights, democracy, freedoms and equality.

Just as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton embarrassed herself by
labeling Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad a reformer, President Obama
embarrasses himself by calling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
a friend. Should Obama and Clinton embrace Turkey as a model for
the Arab Spring, then he is condemning another generation of Arabs
to repression.


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Posted 08 February 2012 - 03:29 PM


SARKOZY URGES TURKEY TO RESPECT ITS PARTNERS
  • Posted ImageFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy said that he shows great respect for Turkey, which should, in return, respect its partners. Meanwhile, the Armenian Diaspora has expressed discontent with some of the French ruling party members opposing the bill penalizing the Armenian Genocide denial, according to Turkish media outlets.

    "Some members of the ruling party demonstrate weird conduct on the threshold of the elections. It will become clear in the future whether they tricked us or not," one of the heads of the Armenian community in France Jules Harounian said.

    On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial with 127 votes for and 86 against. Expected to be signed into law by President within 14 days, the bill will impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

    Two separate groups of French politicians who oppose the legislation - from both the Senate and the lower house - said they had formally requested the constitutional council examine the law. The groups said they each had gathered more than the minimum 60 signatures required to ask the council to test the law's constitutionality. The council is obliged to deliver its judgment within a month, but this can be reduced to eight days if the government deems the matter urgent.


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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:08 PM


BAĞIŞ URGES BERLIN TO RESOLVE "HISTORIC DISPUTE" BETWEEN FRANCE, TURKEY
  • Posted ImageTurkish Minister for EU Affairs called on Germany to resolve historic dispute between France and Turkey over the Armenian Genocide. As Egemen Bağış told Die Welt, German archives must have retained data on the 1915 Genocide, "which gave rise to so many disputes." Turkey's chief EU negotiator urged Berlin to allow historians' access to the archives in question.

    On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide. If signed into law, the bill will impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

    A Zurich prosecutor on Monday, February 6 launched an investigation into remarks by Bağış, after he said in Zurich that there was no Armenian Genocide and that Swiss authorities could arrest him if they wanted to.

    Zurich State Prosecutor Christine Braunschweig was quoted as saying: "Last week we received a petition about this issue, informing us that Mr. Bağış violated the anti-racism Article 261 of the Swiss Penal Code. Our prosecutor's office has taken this allegation seriously and launched an investigation. We will investigate whether Egemen Bağış uttered words denying the Armenian Genocide as asserted in the petition. We will also see if he has diplomatic immunity. At the end of this, we will press charges against him if there indeed is a violation and if he cannot benefit from diplomatic immunity."


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Posted 08 February 2012 - 04:45 PM

I thought the German archives were studied and the fact of AG and the German involvement was determined by Dadrian and by Hilmer Kaiser (I hope I got his name right) years ago. Every time they open their mouths they ask for the opening of the archives of other countries and yet their own archives are purged and hidden away.

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Posted 09 February 2012 - 09:20 AM

Because of people like Avigdor Lieberman that the AG turned into political dispute, by supporting the denialist turkish government for the interests of Israel. What a hypocrite.




TEL-AVIV MUST RISE ABOVE MONOPOLIZING GENOCIDE
BY ARA KHACHATOURIAN

asbarez
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman

When Israel's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said "attempts to
turn conflicts and massacres in Africa, Asia and Balkans into another
Holocaust are unacceptable," and "Since its establishment, Israel has
opposed the application of the term Holocaust to another war or
tragedy," it revealed an ugly and ignorant reality by which certain
Israeli leaders have been guided.

Having risen from the ashes of the Holocaust, Israel should have been
the first country to properly acknowledge the events of 1915 as
Genocide. However, as Lieberman himself decries that "today historical
incidents have turned into political disputes; that's why I don't
consider it right for Israel to address this [the Genocide] issue,"

the Israeli government has made it a policy to ignore the Armenian
Genocide in the face of its regional POLITICAL interests-namely its
unholy alliance with Turkey.

Lieberman's assertion that Israel has a monopoly on man's inhumanity
to man disrespects and diminishes the suffering and eventual fate of
the millions genocide victims be they Armenian, Rwandan or Sudanese.

It also goes against all international conventions on prevention of
such acts, to which Israel is a signatory. More important, Lieberman's
statements can be characterized as denial, which implies complicity in
and the perpetuation of the cycle of Genocide.

In December, an unprecedented discussion took place in the Israeli
Knesset, where leaders from both parties affirmed the need for
Israel's recognition of the Armenian Genocide. This coincided-or
prompted-leading Israeli publications and human rights advocates, to
as the director of Jerusalem Institute of Holocaust and Genocide
Israel Charny appropriately said "put an end to this charade and fully
recognize the Armenian Genocide."

At the same Knesset event Israel's foreign ministry representatives
maintained the Tel-Aviv's steadfast denial of the Genocide by saying
"at this time, recognition of this type can have very grave strategic
implications... Our relations with Turkey today are so fragile and so
delicate that there is no place to take them over the red line." Is
this not politicizing historic events?

This dangerous semantics game only bolsters the likes of Turkey to
continue its policies and further its pre-meditated and planned
campaign of denial that also allows it to wreak havoc on its
minorities today and pursue a policy of stifling those that stand
opposed to its doctrines.

Israel must rise above Lieberman's skewed beliefs that Israel has
cornered the market on being a victim of a systematic effort to
annihilate an entire race. Such a monopoly does not exist in the world
and the likes of Avigdor Lieberman only incite hatred by making such
statements.

Lieberman should remember that such sense of entitlement breeds
supremacist sentiments, which were the cornerstone of Hitler's plan
that eventually became known as the Holocaust.



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Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:00 PM


Turkey pleased with Azerbaijan’s stance on Genocide bill

February 9, 2012 - 21:40 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed satisfaction with Azerbaijani position on the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial, passed by the French Senate.

“We are pleased with Azerbaijan’s stance on the Genocide bill. However, we should do the utmost. Turkey and Azerbaijan must keep backing each other regarding all issues,” Erdoğan said, hailing Azerbaijan’s assistance extended to Turkey.



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Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:14 PM

Turkey’s Minister for European Affairs Egemen Bagish has called upon Germany to assist the country in settling its historical dispute with France over the Armenian Genocide.

Speaking to the German publication Welt, the Turkish official said he has applied to the German authorities for assistance.

“The German archives should contain documents on the 1915 events,” he said, appealing to Berlin to open its archives to historians.

Bagish said he had seen the documents whcih “prove that what happened in the Ottoman Empire was a civil war, not an attempt to annihilate the Armenians.”

It comes after the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial. The country’s Constitutional Court is now debating the constitutionality of the draft.

Switzerland was recently reported to be planning to launch a probe against Bagish for denying the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:17 PM

Ֆրանսիացի պատգամավոր. Մեր պատասխանատվությունն է նորից չսպանել ցեղասպանության զոհերին


Փետրվար 11, 2012 | 01:47 <br style="font-family: 'Arian AMU', 'Arial AMU', 'Arial Unicode', 'Tahoma Armenian', Sylfaen, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18px; text-align: justify; ">Սարսելի (Վալ - դ`Ուազ, Ֆրանսիա) սոցիալիստ պատգամավոր – քաղաքապետ Ֆրանսուա Պյուպոնին տարածել է հաղորդագրություն` ափսոսանք հայտնելով, որ որոշ սենատորներ եւ պատգամավորներ Ցեղասպանությունների ժխտման քրեականացման օրենքի դեմ դիմում են ներկայացրել Սահմանադրական խուրհուրդ: Քաղաքապետը օրինագծի ընդունումն արդարացնող չորս պատճառ է ներկայացրել:

«Nouvelles d`Arménie»-ն հրապարակել է Ֆրանսուա Պյուպոնի հայտարարությունը, որում ասվում է.

«Ես խորապես ափսոսում եմ, որ 77 սենատորներ եւ 65 պատգամավորներ որոշել են օրենքով ճանաչված ցեղասպանությունների ժխտման քրեականացման մասին օրինագիծը փոխանցել Սահմանադրական խորհրդին:

Հիշեցնելով իմ կողմնակցությունը 5-րդ Հանրապետության Սահմանադրությանը եւ, մասնավորապես, 61 հոդվածին, որը 1974 թվականից թույլ է տալիս 60 պատգամավորներին կամ սենատորներին օրենքները փոխանցել Սահմանադրական խորհրդին` ես ափսոսում եմ, որ ընդունվել է իրավաբանական եւ քաղաքական կցկտուր հիմնավորումներով դիմում: Այդ կապակցությամբ ես ուղղակի հիշեցնում եմ տվյալ օրինագծի ընդունումը արդարացնող չորս հիմնական պատճառները.

1. Հանուն բազմաթիվ զոհերի` ավելի քան մեկ միլիոն սպանված տղամարդկանց, կանանց եւ երեխաների, որպեսզի նրանք հանգչեն խաղաղությամբ: Մեր պատասխանատվությունն է չսպանել նրանց նորից:

2. Հանուն նրանց ընտանիքների, որպեսզի մեր տարածքում ամբողջովին մեր հանրապետությանը ինտեգրացված նրանց հետնորդները կարողանան, վերջապես, ողբալ արժանապատվորեն:

3. Հանուն այն բանի, որ վերացվի անարդարությունը եւ մեր օրենսդրությունը համապատասախանեցվի 1990 թվականի Գեյսոյի օրենքի եւ մեր եվրոպական պարտավորությունների` Եվրամիության 2008թ. նոյեմբերի 28-ի Շրջանական որոշման հետ, որն ընդունվել է Եվրամիության Պայմանագրի 6-րդ բաժնի (Ռասիզմի եւ այլատյացության որոշակի ձեւերի դեմ պայքարի շրջանակային որոշում) համապատասխան:

4. Հանուն քաղաքականության եւ հանրապետության պատվի, հետեւաբար, հանուն պարտականությունների, որոնք մենք ստանձնել ենք հայ համայնքի առջեւ»:

Հայտարարության վերջում ֆրանսիացի պատգամավորը հույս է հայտնում, որ Սահմանադրական խորհուրդը կլինի անաչառ:

«Հուսով եմ` շահագրգիռ կողմերը ճնշում չեն գործադրի Սահմանադրական խորհդրի իմաստունների վրա, խոչընդոտ չեն ստեղծի, իսկ նրանք սահմանադրականությունը կքննեն հանգստության եւ անաչառության պայմաններում»:



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Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:47 PM


Paris: France won’t sever ties with Turkey
Posted ImageFebruary 13, 2012 - 18:52 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net - The official Paris confirms its adherence to further cooperation with Turkey, French Foreign Ministry toldPanARMENIAN.Net

Asked to comment on Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayipp Erdogan’s urge for France’s expulsion as an OSCE Mink Group co-chair over its “explicit support for Armenia”, the ministry representative noted, “Turkey remains an important partner to France.”

“We’ll continue cooperation with Turkey along the planned lines,” the Ministry representative said.

The bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial adopted by the French Senate proves France’s shifting to the side of one of the parties to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, according to Turkish Prime Minister.

As Erdogan said in an interview with ANS TV channel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s statements during his visit to Armenia proved “France’s explicit support for one of the conflicting sides.” Erdogan further called for dismissal of France from OSCE Minsk Group, whilst urging UN Security Council to intensify engagement in the conflict resolution.

On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial with 127 votes for and 86 against. If signed into law by President, the bill will impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

Two separate groups of French politicians who oppose the legislation - from both the Senate and the lower house - said they had formally requested the constitutional council examine the law. The groups said they each had gathered more than the minimum 60 signatures required to ask the council to test the law's constitutionality. The council is obliged to deliver its judgment within a month, but this can be reduced to eight days if the government deems the matter urgent.



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Posted 13 February 2012 - 12:48 PM


Turkish PM accuses France of “biased position”
Posted ImageFebruary 13, 2012 - 14:54 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net - The bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial adopted by the French Senate proves France’s shifting to the side of one of the parties to the Nagorno Karabakh conflict, according to Turkish Prime Minister.

As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an interview with ANS TV channel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s statements during his visit to Armenia proved “France’s explicit support for one of the conflicting sides.”

Erdoğan further called for dismissal of France from OSCE Minsk Group, whilst urging UN Security Council to intensify engagement in the conflict resolution.

On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial with 127 votes for and 86 against. If signed into law by President, the bill will impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

Two separate groups of French politicians who oppose the legislation - from both the Senate and the lower house - said they had formally requested the constitutional council examine the law. The groups said they each had gathered more than the minimum 60 signatures required to ask the council to test the law's constitutionality. The council is obliged to deliver its judgment within a month, but this can be reduced to eight days if the government deems the matter urgent.



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Posted 14 February 2012 - 05:54 PM

French lawmaker Valerie Boyer, who proposed the bill outlawing the Armenian Genocide denial to the French National Assembly in late December, is facing increasing insults, threats and accusations by Turkish racists, the French-Armenian magazine Nouvelles d’Armenie reported.

“Ethnic Turks from France and Turkey address disrespectful and racist messages to a person thanks to whom the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide. It is intolerable, unacceptable and condemnable,” says the publication.

The Turkish genocide deniers have created a Facebook group called Valerie Boyer “Chienne”, We deny The so-called Armenian Genocide.

“All this cannot continue; the French Embassy in Ankara and the administration of Facebook social networking website need to be informed,” says the magazine.


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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:02 PM

FRENCH SENATORS EXPRESS INDIGNATION AT BEHAVIOR OF TURKISH AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE

ARMENPRESS
FEBRUARY 15, 2012
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 15, ARMENPRESS: French senators Luc Carvounas and
Philippe Kaltenbach expressed their indignation at the behavior of
Turkish ambassador to France Tahsin Burcuoglu, the statement released
by the senators runs.

"We consider the attempts of the Turkish ambassador to affect the
legislative processes ongoing in our country unacceptable,
" the
senators have stated.

Tahsin Burcuoglu addressed letters to the members of the National
Assembly and Senate of France calling upon them to boycott the bill
criminalizing the denial of the genocides. "We register with pain
that 77 senators and 65 MPs heard the call of the Turkish ambassador,"
the socialist senators stressed.

Carvounas and Kaltenbach insist that the calls of the Turkish
ambassador were accompanied with threats that the adoption of the bill
will have negative impact on the future of Turkish-French relations.

"Contrary to such behavior of the Turkish ambassador we once again
express our support to the bill and reiterate that it fully fits
the Human Rights Concept adopted by us," the senators wrote in their
statement.

Carvounas and Kaltenbach voiced hope that the Constitutional Council
of France will recognize the bill constitutional.




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