Sunday, October 22, 2006

US State Department: French Bill on Armenian Genocide "Senseless"

21.10.2006 13:10 GMT+04:00

The bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide "is senseless," US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia Daniel Fried stated at a news conference in Brussels.

"I share the opinion that the bill does not make sense," he said. In Fried's words, the US and the President Bush had made many statements on massacre of Armenians in WWI, but did not call it a Genocide.

Daniel Fried noted Washington wishes for Turks and Armenians to honestly consider the issue. "I am convinced that the wording similar to that adopted by the French Parliament stimulates that process," the US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State said, reports RFE/RL

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