Ahmet Davutoglu on French Bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide DenialDec 30th, 2011 | Category: Politics
By Adonia Agayan
YEREVAN, December 30 — “Don’t build your imperialistic plans at the expense of others’ sufferings,” said Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu addressing to the French Senate on the possible affirmation of the bill passed by the National Assembly on the criminalizing of the denial of the Armenian Genocide recognized by France.
In his speech made yesterday Davutoglu referred to the Armenian people stating that all Armenians have been the neighbors of Turks and shared the same territory. “We will share their pain, if they also respect ours,” he said adding that only “fair memory” can help resolve issues concerning the events of 1915. “Every nation considers their sufferings unique. We are ready to understand the sufferings of them all, because we have suffered the most. We respect our neighbors. We call them upon sharing the common pain. To expect people will forget their own pain and declare themselves guilty since their “birth” without giving them an opportunity of self-defense is but unacceptable. “The common history doesn’t suppose the consideration of one nation’s sufferings and neglecting that of the other one,” he said.