Thursday, December 22, 2011

Turkey suspends Ties With France Over Armenian Genocide

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday recalled the country's ambassador in Paris for consultations and announced sanctions against France after the so-called genocide bill, which criminalizes the denial of the Armenian genocide in 1915, was passed by the lower house of Parliament.
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference in Ankara on Thursday, where he condemned France over its Armenian genocide bill.
"From now on, we freeze all kinds of political consultations with France," Mr. Erdogan said at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovic in Ankara.
He said that all visits, military relations, courses and conferences are cancelled for now. French military vessels and aircraft would not be allowed to use Turkish ports or airports until France reversed the law. The Turkish leader said all military cooperation, including common military exercises, will be suspended for now. Use of airspace will require a special permission for each fly-over, he said.
"This is the first stage," Mr. Erdogan added...

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