Algeria asks Turkey to cool genocide talk

2012-01-07 22:00

Algiers - Algeria's prime minister wants Turkish authorities to stop referring to Algerian history under French colonisation as part of Turkey's quarrel with France over genocide allegations.

Turkey halted political contacts with France last month after French lawmakers passed a bill that would make it a crime to deny that mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks nearly a century ago constituted genocide.

Turkey's prime minister then accused the French of "genocide" during France's 132-year colonial rule in Algeria.

Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia told reporters on Saturday that Algeria was asking its "friends" in Turkey "to stop trading in the colonisation of Algeria...

"No one has the right to make use of the blood of Algerians."