YEREVAN (Combined Sources)—Saying “Collective denial is even worse than individual denial,” French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is visiting Armenia said after laying a wreath at Dzidzernagapert and urged Turkey to “revisit” its own history.
“The Genocide of Armenians is a historic reality that was recognized by France,” he added. “We are always stronger when we look our history in the face, and denial is not acceptable.”
Asked whether France will pass a law criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, Sarkozy replied by saying that if Turkey does not take responsibility further action would be warranted.
“If Turkey revisited its history, looked it in the face, with its shadows and highlights, this recognition of the genocide would be sufficient. But if Turkey will not do this, then without a doubt it would be necessary to go further,” he said.
“Turkey, which is a great country, would be honorable to revisit its history like the other great countries in the world have done: Germany, France,” he told journalists.
Sarkozy arrived in Yerevan Thursday as part of his official visit to the region.
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