France may adopt Genocide bill after end of war in Libya, expert says

France may adopt Genocide bill after end of war in Libya, expert says

PanARMENIAN.Net - French Senate’s failing to adopt a bill criminalizing the denial of Armenian Genocide is linked with current French authorities’ position, according to Armenian Academy of Sciences’ Oriental Studies Institute director.

As Ruben Safrastyan told a PanARMENIAN.Net reporter, at present, France is rather active in Libya military mission, which increases the importance of Turkey’s position on the issue. “Unfortunately this hasn’t been the first time when a superpower breaks its promise to serve its own interests,” the expert said, however, noting that France might change its position upon completion of military operations in Libya.

The expert gave positive assessment to the position on the Armenian community of France, urging them to continue working towards adoption of the bill.

The French Senate on Wednesday, May 4 rejected a bill penalizing the denial of Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide

The Armenian Genocide (1915-23) was the deliberate and systematic destruction of the Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire during and just after World War I. It was characterized by massacres and deportations, involving forced marches under conditions designed to lead to the death of the deportees, with the total number of deaths reaching 1.5 million.

The majority of Armenian Diaspora communities were formed by the Genocide survivors.

Present-day Turkey denies the fact of the Armenian Genocide, justifying the atrocities as “deportation to secure Armenians”. Only a few Turkish intellectuals, including Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and scholar Taner Akcam, speak openly about the necessity to recognize this crime against humanity.

The Armenian Genocide was recognized by Uruguay, Russia, France, Lithuania, Italy, 45 U.S. states, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon, Argentina, Belgium, Austria, Wales, Switzerland, Canada, Poland, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, the Vatican, Luxembourg, Brazil, Germany, the Netherlands, Paraguay, Sweden, Venezuela, Slovakia, Syria, Vatican, as well as the European Parliament and the World Council of Churches.

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