TURKEY SPEND $100 MILLION FOR BREAKING DOWN ARMENIAN GENOCIDE BILL IN FRANCE
- French Constitutional Council's decision on bill criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide was solely a political one and the bill does not contradict to the Constitution in fact, head of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Dashnaktsutyun in France Mourad Papazian claims.
According to him, if the issue is viewed on that angle, there are other laws in France, which contradict to the freedom of speech, for example the law on Holocaust. However, it is extremely important to have such laws.
"We elaborated a bill criminalizing denial of the Genocide back in 2006, while Turkish organizations, with the direct support of their government, launched anti-Armenian actions. Their goal was not to allow the fact of the Armenian Genocide to have any place in France. Besides, the French National Assembly (NA) included the Genocide bill in its agenda in the same year. However, it failed, as the NA head was incumbent head of the Council Jean-Louis Debré," Papazian reminded the development of the bill history in France adding majority of the Council members spoke against the bill.
Head of the Hay Dat (Armenian Cause) office in France Hrachya Varzhapetian stressed some other interesting news, claiming that two members of the Council had 'personal economic interests in Turkey.' Besides, the whole process proved a moral victory of the Armenian nation as 300 MPs voted for the bill and just 11 members of the Council were against it.
Another interesting case provoking the bill was that French society was divided into 80% pro Armenians and 20% pro Turks. In case of media and politicians the difference was almost equal. According to French media outlets, Turkey spend $100 million only this year to break down the bill on the Armenian Genocide in France.
- 554 The Ecclesiastic Assembly in Dvin condemns the Chalcedonian Creed and irrevocably breaks off its relations with the Byzantine "Universal" Church.
- 1001 The architect Trdat, finished the construction of the Main Church of Ani.
- 1592 Birth of Nahapet Koochak. He was Armenia's first troubadour.
- 1827 The first Armenian voluntary brigade was formed in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1899 Birth of benefactor Calouste Gulbenkian in Constantinople. He was a Petroleum Engineer. He founded the Petroleum Benevolent Union in Turkey. In 1930, he was voted President of the Armenian General Benevolent Union. Calouste Gulbenkian died in July 1955 in Lisbon.
- 1912 Death of Gabriel Soondookyan (playwright) in Tbilissi (Georgia). He was born in 1825.
- 1914 The Armenian History and Archeology Association is created in Tbilissi (Georgia).
- 1918 Birth of Charles Hrach Papaz, Armenian-American radiophysicist, member of the American Physics and Mathematics Associations and the Electronic Engineers Institute. He is an overseas member of the Armenian National Academy of Science.
- 1921 The first Armenian Art House opened in Tbilissi. It was called after the great writer, Vahan Terian. The president was another great writer, Hovhannes Toomanian.
- 1971 Death of famous actor of the roles of Zimzimov, Iago and Nazar the Brave, Avet Avetisian (Voskanyan).
- 1992 Azeri Turk forces attack Stepanakert from Shooshee, Ghaybalu, Janhasan and Kiosalar. They are defeated and thrown back.