Greek Cyprus criminalizes denial of ‘Armenian genocide’

Greek Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades, left, and President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, prepare to shake hands at the presidential palace following a meeting in the capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, March 30 , 2015. AP Photos/Philippos Christou

Greek Cyprus has made it a crime to deny the Ottoman Turks committed genocide against Armenian Turks a century ago, a move likely to rile its old rival Turkey as peace talks on the ethnically-split island remain stalled.

The Greek Cypriot parliament passed a resolution on April 2 penalising the denial of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes, modifying existing legislation, which required prior conviction by an international court to make denial a crime.

“Today is a historic day,” parliament speaker Yiannakis Omirou said, as quoted by Reuters. “It allows parliament to restore, with unanimous decisions and resolutions, historical truths”…