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Algerian Prime Minister Tells Turkey to Stop Citing French Colonization

ALGERIA — Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia urged Turkey on Saturday to stop trying to make political capital out of France’s killing of thousands of Algerians during the colonial period.

He made the call as Turkey continued to assail Paris ahead of a French Senate vote on the Armenian Genocide bill.

Turkey has accused France of hypocrisy for its own hand in killings committed in its former colony, Algeria, in 1945 and during the north African nation’s struggle for independence between 1954 and 1962.

“An estimated 15 percent of the Algerian population was massacred by the French from 1945 onwards,” Erdogan has said. “This is a genocide.”
Ouyahia said every country has the right to defend its interests, but “nobody has the right to make the blood of Algerians their business.”

French forces cracked down on a protest in the east Algerian city of Setif on May 8, 1945, to call for an end to French colonial rule, leaving 45,000 people dead, according to Algerian historians.

Western researchers put the death toll at between 8,000 and 18,000.

Ouyahia noted that Turkey had been a member of NATO during the war in Algeria and as such had provided material support to France.

“We say to our (Turkish) friends: Stop making capital out of Algeria’s colonisation,” Ouyahia said at a press conference.

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French Senate to Debate Armenia Genocide Bill on January 23

Turkish Ambassador Returns to Paris

PARIS — The French Senate on Tuesday said it will debate a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide on January 23, despite a furious diplomatic spat with Turkey.

The French lower house approved the law last month, threatening anyone who denies that the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk forces amounted to genocide with jail, drawing a threat of sanctions from Turkey.

Ankara froze political and military ties with France when the bill was passed by the National Assembly, and has threatened further measures if it continues through the Senate or is approved by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The is backed by a cross-party majority of lawmakers but has not won universal support in the government, where some ministers fear it will hurt diplomatic and trade ties with a NATO ally and major economic partner.


Turkish Ambassador Returns

The Turkish ambassador to France, Tahsin Burcuoglu, reportedly returned to Paris at the weekend more than two weeks after being recalled to Ankara in protest against the French bill.

“The ambassador has finished the consultations for which he was recalled and returned to France on Saturday,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Selcuk Unal told the AFP news agency on Sunday.

“Hurriyet Daily News” reported last week that Burcuoglu will be sent back to Paris to “coordinate” Turkish efforts to prevent the genocide bill’s passage by the French Senate.

Burcuoglu said Turkey’s goal is to provide freezing of the proposal in a short term period adding that it is “senseless, useless and extremely dangerous,” TRT Russia reported.

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French Senate Committee Opposes Armenian Genocide Bill

A French Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide, ahead of a final vote on Monday.

The Commission on Laws in the French Senate approved a motion on Wednesday rejecting the bill as inadmissible by 23 votes for, nine against and eight abstentions. The panel vote, while a nonbinding recommendation, was the first legislative setback for the bill. In a statement, the commission said “There was a genocide, and the commission wants to express its infinite respect for the Armenian people, and the terrible experiences that they have endured.”

A plenary Senate session on Monday will now vote on the committee’s motion, but most senators opposed to the bill are expected to abstain, allowing the Senate to take a final vote on the bill itself.

Following the vote Massis Post ask Mr. Kevork Satchlian, Chairman of the Social Democrat Hunchakian Party’s Armenian Council of Europe the consequences of the vote. Mr. Satchlian stated that there are two scenarios that may transpire when the Senate debates the bill Monday, Senators could look past the panel vote and pass the bill, putting it on a fast track to becoming law, or they could reject the bill, handing it off to a commission from both houses to iron out differences. The second option would greatly slow the legislative process. A freeze on all but the most critical legislation goes into effect in early March ahead of spring presidential and legislative elections.

France recognized the Genocide of 1.5 million Armenian’s by Ottoman Turks in 2001, but the new bill would go further, punishing anyone who denies this with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros ($57,000).

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Thousands Protest Dink Murder on 5th Anniversary


ISTANBUL — Thousands have marched in Turkey to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist and Agos newspaper editor Hrant Dink. Angering Turkish nationalists with his outspoken position that the 1915 massacre and deportation of as many as 1.5 million ethnic Armenians as the Ottoman Empire collapsed constituted genocide, Dink was shot dead outside his office in Istanbul on 19 January 2007.
Chanting “Murderer state will account for this” and “Shoulder to shoulder against fascism,” an estimated 20,000 people marched from the city’s central Taksim square to the offices of “Agos” newspaper. They left red carnations and lit candles there.
The crowd was led by activists carrying a large banner that read, in Turkish and Armenian, “We are all Hrant Dink, we are all Armenians.”
Dink, who championed Turkish-Armenian reconciliation, was shot dead in broad daylight as he left the “Agos” offices on January 19, 2007. His self-confessed murderer, Ogun Samast, was arrested several days later and sentenced to 23 years in prison last July.
Earlier this week, an Istanbul court convicted another Turkish ultranationalist of instigating the murder. The man, Yasin Hayal, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Nineteen other defendants were acquitted of a charge of being part of a terrorist group. The court ruled that there was no wider plot to kill Dink, who had angered nationalists by referring to the 1915 Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire as genocide.
Dink’s family and its lawyers are not satisfied with the verdict, saying that the Turkish authorities have failed to investigate the collusion and negligence of state officials in the murder. The “Agos” editor’s widow Rakel and children also took part in Thursday’s demonstration.
“They surrounded us with lies. It has been like this for five years and they finally gave us two people and asked us to be content with them,” journalist Karin Karakasli told the crowd, according to the AFP news agency.

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Sarkozy Calls on Erdogan to Refrain From Excessive Steps

 


PARIS/ANKARA — French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent a letter to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, asking him to refrain from excessive steps towards hampering the Senate’s efforts to debate the Armenian Genocide denial criminalization bill. Read more

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Chairman of EU Parliament Calls on Turkey to Confront its History

 


ZURICH — Following a meeting Tuesday with Turkish Minister for the EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Egemen Bagis, president of the European Parliament Martin Schulz told media that the minister should face his country’s genocidal past. Read more

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Lebanon’s S.D. Hunchakian Party Slams Turkey’s Interferences in Arab Spring

 

In a statement addressed to Arab world, Lebanon’s Social Democrat Hunchakian Party’s executive committee slammed Turkey’s “flagrant interferences” in the Arab Spring, and recognized Turkish exploitation of the Arab Spring to serve its own regional interests. Read more

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Then and Now

 


By Odette Bazil

In the year Zero AD a young Nazarine was crucified because he spoke of love, justice and penance, because the weak and frightened Governor who was in charge of his destiny, careful not to displease his superiors, washed his hands clean of any responsibility and threw him to the mercy of a crowd of barbarians who asked for his death… and because it was so easy those days to kill a man. Read more

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Israel Charny: A Moral Israel Must Recognize the Armenian Genocide

 


By Israel W. Charny

Israel must put an end to this charade and fully recognize the Armenian genocide.
I never cease to be amazed at the “upside-down double talk” that genocide deniers speak – not only in denial of the Armenian genocide, but in denial of the Holocaust and, believe it or not, denial of the Rwandan genocide. In fact, many of us scholars characterize denial of genocide as the “last stage of genocide.”
In a recent article in The Jerusalem Post called “Armenian Genocide: Israel must maintain its moral compass,” the arguments set forth by Hakan Yavuz and Tal Buenos are a thin veneer for nothing less than a pro-Turkish government position of maintaining denial of the Armenian genocide. Read more

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Swiss Probe Turkish Minister for Denying the Armenian Genocide


ZURICH — The Prosecutor’s Office of Switzerland’s Canton of Zurich launched an inquiry against Turkey’s Minister for EU Affairs, Egemen Bagis.
The proceedings were launched after Bagis had stated in Zurich, and while returning from the World Economic Forum in Davos, that there was no Armenian Genocide, Hurriyet daily of Turkey informs.
And in an interview with Anadolu News Agency, Zurich’s Prosecutor Christine Braunschweig confirmed the launching of this investigation against the Turkish minister, and stressed that it is underway pursuant to the Swiss Criminal Code.
In Zurich, Egemen Bagis had said: “I declare in Switzerland today that the events of 1915 were not genocide. Let them come and arrest me. Those laws are nothing but a piece of paper.”
Under Swiss law it is a crime to deny that the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War One constituted an act of genocide.
A Turkish Foreign Ministry official, speaking on condition of anonymity, later said Turkey had summoned the Swiss ambassador to Ankara to tell him that the probe was “unacceptable.”

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