Turkish FM voices concern over French ban on denial of Armenian Genocide

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Turkish foreign minister voiced concern Monday over the French senate’s recent adoption of an amendment that bans the denial of the Armenian genocide, Daily Sabah reports.

Speaking at a joint press conference in the capital Ankara alongside his visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said the recent ban was limiting the freedom of expression.

“The core values of the European Council such as the freedom of expression and the superiority of law is binding for all European countries. We hope that the French constitutional council overturns the law,” the diplomat added.

The French Senate voted 156 to 146 on October 14 to pass a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

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