Ankara has decided to restore diplomatic and economic relations with Paris following the new French government’s decision to end its efforts to pass a bill to criminalize denial of Armenians genocide, Press TV reports.
During a meeting in Paris on Thursday, foreign ministers of the two countries (Ahmet Davutoglu of Turkey and Laurent Fabius of France) agreed to improve the strained relations between the two countries over the Armenian genocide bill.
Following the meeting with his French counterpart, Turkish foreign minister said: “as a result of the few difficulties which we experienced in the past, Turkey took a series of measures against France, but I would like to announce that these measures have been completely removed.”
Former President of France Nicolas Sarkozy had previously proposed a bill to the French parliament to criminalize denial of the Armenians genocide by the Ottoman Empire, the modern-day Turkey, during the World War I, in a bid to garner the vote of the Armenian population of the country during the Presidential elections.
However, the proposal which had caused widespread protests across Turkey and infuriated the Turkish establishment, was ultimately declared illegal by the French Constitutional Court.
France had accused Turkey, and its forerunner the Ottoman Empire, of committing genocide against the Armenian population of the country during the last days of the Ottoman Empire before it collapsed in 1915, an accusation Turkey has always strongly denied.
Turkey has always resisted the term ‘genocide’ being applied to the mass killing of the Armenian minority, arguing that they were not specifically targeted and thus the mass killings cannot properly constitute a genocide.
At the meeting, Fabius hailed “a new period of relations on every level” between the two countries.
In response to a question about Turkey’s adhesion issue, Fabius implied that such a decision will require a referendum, adding “at the end of the day things will come down to the decision of the people,” However, on the other hand, President Hollande had previously stated that he did not foresee Turkey’s acceptance into the EU bloc during the next five years. More to read on: www.presstv.ir