Jerusalem Online

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Will France make Turkish PM Erdogan a "criminal"?

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has urged Turkey to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. Sarkozy told Friday's news conference in the Armenian capital that Turkey's refusal to do so would force France to change its law and make such denial a criminal offense.

The killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire has been the main barrier to reconciliation with Turkey. Armenians have long fought to persuade other governments to call the killings a genocide. Turkey rejects the label and says the death toll is inflated. (AP)

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