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Turkey/genocide denial

Published on January 30, 2014
Statements by M. François Hollande, President of the Republic, at his joint press conference with his Turkish counterpart, Mr Abdullah Gül (excerpts)

Ankara, January 27, 2014

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Q. – I wanted to ask about the criminalization of genocide denial. How do you want to handle this issue? For example, do you want to adapt the EU framework decision to the law, and are you going to put the law on the criminalization of genocide denial back on the agenda? How do you intend to act on this?

THE PRESIDENT – The task of remembrance is always painful, but it must be done.

What we all have to carry out is reconciliation, through research on what happened and recognition of what was done.

It’s true that we’re going to enter a period of commemorations, because this year will be the commemoration of that terrible conflict, the Great War. And then there will be 2015, and we have to use that time to work.

You ask me what we’re going to do. We’re going to enforce the law and nothing but the law; that’s the position I’ve adopted, which everyone can understand.

A law has been voted on in France. On that basis, we must ensure we comply with all obligations, including European ones, because we also have a framework decision from 2008, as you recalled, which calls on every state to make the justification or denial of the crime of genocide punishable. So we’ll ensure we transpose that decision while respecting the international conventions and the decisions of our Constitutional Council in the best way. Thank you./.

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