In case of adoption by the Senate of the French law criminalizing denial of Armenian genocide by Ottoman Turkey in 1915, France’s role as a mediator in the Nagorno Karabakh issue will be announced a joint adopted by the Parliament of Azerbaijan on Friday.
“The adoption of this law will question the objectivity of France as a country co-chair of the Minsk Group of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), responsible for the peaceful settlement of Nagorno-Karabakh, “we read in the press release.
In this regard, members of the Milli Mejlis (Azerbaijani parliament) urged their French colleagues to show “objectivity and sensitivity” when considering the bill.
The document stresses that if the passage of this bill “due to malicious intentions of some political groups and ethnic lobbyists, it can taint the authority of France to the democratic traditions.”
On Thursday, December 22 the text approved by the National Assembly a penalty of one year in prison and a 45,000 euro fine for any denial of the Armenian Genocide committed in the Ottoman Empire.
The massacres and deportations of Armenians between 1915 and 1917 were more than 1.5 million deaths according to the Armenians, 300,000 to 500,000 according to Turkey, which rejects the concept of genocide was recognized by France, Canada and Parliament in Europe.