Soon after the passage of the bill in the French Senate that criminalized denial of the Armenian Genocide, France 24 spoke to the AGBU President for his perspective:
“This law will bring the Armenian issue to a different international forum,” said Berge Setrakian, President of the Armenian General Benevolent UNION (AGBU), speaking to FRANCE 24 from New York.
“The major powers will focus more on this issue and hopefully now we can try and find a solution with Turkey. This will be good for Turkey too because they have been in a permanent state of denial about it.”
Setrakian accepted the fallout from the bill could have a detrimental effect on Armenia’s own relations with their neighbours.
“I think it is most likely Turkey will retaliate and render our lives more difficult, but this is a price the Armenians are willing to pay.”
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