While Armenians in Paris celebrated the vote in the French Senate, official reaction from the Armenian government in the capital Yerevan has been predictably positive.
Armenia’s Foreign Minister, Edward Nalbandian said: “This day will be written in gold not only in the history of friendship between the Armenian and French peoples, but also in the annals of the history of the protection of human rights worldwide and will further consolidate the existing mechanisms of prevention of crime against humanity.”
Turkey’s prime minister has yet to give his reaction, but the country’s ambassador in Paris, Tahsin Burcuoglu left no doubt how he and the Turkish community felt.
“It is a very sensitive issue for Turkey. Turkey will never accept such a case, such a law. And now everybody will pay some price, including Turkey, France, Armenia, the Armenian communities, the Turkish community here, everybody will be sorry.”
The prime minister is to outline retaliatory measures against Paris in the Turkish parliament later today – measures likely to be supported by ordinary Turks.
“French people have betrayed their own values. The Turkish Republic is a great country and it will not lose. In the future, the loser will be Sarkozy and his team,” said one resident in Istanbul.