TURKEY WARNS FRENCH SENATE OVER ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL
- Turkey warned, Wednesday evening, that it will resort to future steps against France, should its Senate pass the bill that criminalizes the denial of genocides, including the Armenian Genocide, Le Monde daily writes, referring to Reuters News Agency informed.
In its statement to that effect, the Turkish National Security Council—which is the country's highest body of authority—expressed a wish that Paris would correct its "mistake."
"Additional measures are taken in this connection, and the additional measures will be announced conditioned by France's decision," the Council's session stated. "If the said bill becomes a law, the unjust decision will be appealed by every means," the Council added.
To note, the French National Assembly passed, on December 22, the bill that criminalizes the denial of genocides. But the bill still needs to be approved by the French Senate to become a law, and it is not yet clear whether the Senate will actually discuss it. The bill sets a one-year prison sentence plus a 45-thousand-Euro fine for anyone who denies genocides. And in reprisal to the passage of this bill, Turkey recalled its ambassador to France, and Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Turkey's eight-point sanctions against France.
- 1829 General Paskevich creates a secret committee in Tbilissi (Georgia) to write the Armenian Church's statutes.
- 1865 Birth of Panos Terlemezyan (artist). He died in 1941.
- 1917 The Council of the People's Commissariat of Soviet Russia promulgates a decree on Western Armenia.
- 1940 Death of Arshak Jemalian, a prominent member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Party.