Turkey withdraws French ambassador after Armenian genocide vote


Turkey has recalled it ambassador from Paris in protest at a French bill making the denial of the Armenian genocide a criminal offence. France’s lower house of parliament approved the bill, which makes it a crime to deny the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces amounted to a genocide during World War I.

The National Assembly, was sparsely attended for a debate held a few days before the Christmas holiday, but around 50 lawmakers from all parties backed the bill and only a half dozen voted against.

Details:  http://www.english.rfi.fr/europe/20111222-turkey-withdraws-french-ambassador-after-armenian-genocide-vote

Categories: Europe, France, Turkey

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