Special Section Issue 9, Winter 2012
From Azerbaijan News:
Turkish Minister for European Union Affairs and Chief EU Negotiator Egemen Bagıs defied the Armenian bill in Davos, Switzerland where he went to attend the World Economic Forum meetings.
Egemen Bagıs reacted against the Armenian bill, passed by the French Senate last week and made it a crime to deny the Armenian allegations regarding the 1915 incidents, during a visit to Switzerland, a country that also adopted a similar bill in the past.
Bagıs said "I am in Switzerland and say that "There is no genocide". I dare them to arrest me."
Bagıs spoke to journalists after the concert he attended with his wife Beyhan Bagıs, and said when he was reminded that Switzerland accepted a similar bill in the past, that: "I am in Switzerland right now. And I say "No genocide took place." I dare them to come and arrest me. We believe that in France, people with common sense are less than those with no common sense. This decision is null and void for us. I sincerely believe that the French Constitution will revoke this bill of shame eventually."
Source: Azerbaijan News (January 20, 2012). "There is no genocide, I dare to arrest me," says Turkish Minister. http://www.news.az/articles/turkey/53682