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Paris mayoral candidate: Turkey can't join EU unless Genocide recognized

Paris mayoral candidate: Turkey can't join EU unless Genocide recognized

PanARMENIAN.Net - Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist candidate for mayor of Paris named Turkey's recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a precondition for Ankara's accession to the EU.

"The recognition will make Turkey stronger," Cihan Haber quoted her as saying.

Ms Hidalgo further expressed support for adoption of the Genocide denial law, further referring to President Hollande's pledge to work out a legal instrument that won't meet the ban of the Constitutional Court.

"Denial of tragic pages of history is what prevents building a new future," she said.

Ms Hidalgo vowed to perpetuate the April 24 commemorative events if elected a mayor, with Paris Mayor's Office to extend financial support to the Genocide centennial events in 2015.

On January 23, 2012 the French Senate passed the bill making it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide. The bill envisaged 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. However, the French Constitutional Council ruled the bill as anti-constitutional. In a statement the Council said the document represented an “unconstitutional breach of the practice of freedom of expression and communication

Later, President Hollande pledged to redraft the law criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial in France, stressing the need to ensure the legal framework to avoid censorship by the Constitutional Council.

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