ANKARA—The Turkish Foreign Ministry protested Thursday a law adopted by the Cypriot government criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide.
“The Greek-Cypriot administration’s decision is null and void for Turkey and not worthy of comment,” Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic complained.
“It is without doubt that those who try to exploit the 1915 incidents at every opportunity by using simple political ambitions, cannot get any result,” Bilgic said hours after the Cypriot parliament passed the law.
The Cypriot law comes at a time when Armenians worldwide are preparing to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
The law, backed by all political parties represented at the Cypriot parliament, imposes five years imprisonment or a fine of up to $10,000 on those who deny the Armenian Genocide.