On Tuesday the Armenian Foreign Minister Edvard Nalbadian, expressed gratitude to France following the adoption by it of the proposed law criminalizing denial of the genocide, including the Armenians by the Turks in 1915, announced the press service of diplomacy.
“I wanted to express our gratitude to the French President and the Senate, National Assembly, the Government and people of French friend,” said Nalbadian.
“This day will be written in golden letters in the history of the friendship of the French and Armenian, but also in the annals of human rights in the world, complementing the mechanisms of prevention of crimes against existing humanity, “he said.
According to the Foreign Minister of Armenia, France has confirmed its role as a disinterested defender of human values.
The French Senate passed Monday night by 127 votes against 86 the bill criminalizing the denial of genocide.
The text approved Dec. 22 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.
French law recognizes two genocides: the Holocaust (1990 Act) and the Armenian Genocide (2001 Act).