PARIS (Guardian, Combined Sources) — France is set to vote by the end of January on a bill that would make it illegal to deny that the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks amounted to genocide, parliamentary and government sources said on Wednesday.
Lawmakers in France’s National Assembly — the lower house of parliament — voted overwhelmingly in favor of a draft law outlawing genocide denial in December. In response, Turkey has frozen relations with France, recalling its ambassador and suspending all economic, political and military meetings.
The furious Turkish reaction to Paris’s parliamentary vote marked an unprecedented low between the NATO partners.
Erdogan cancelled permission for French military planes to land and warships to dock in Turkey, annulled all joint military exercises, recalled the Turkish ambassador to France for consultations and said he would decide case by case whether to let the French military use Turkish airspace.
He said this was just the start and “gradually” but “decisively” other retaliation measures would be taken against France.
He warned of heavy diplomatic “wounds” that would be “difficult to heal.”