Turkey closely follows as Armenia bill not on US house agenda

Diplomatic sources say that there is still the possibility of bringing the text to the House floor via different methods.

Turkey closely follows as Armenia bill not on US house agenda

World Bulletin / News Desk

The resolution on the Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915 has not been included in the official daily agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives for now, however, diplomatic sources say that there is still the possibility of bringing the text to the House floor via different methods.

According to a statement released by Steny Hoyer, the Democrat Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Armenian resolution has not been included in Wednesday's daily agenda.

However, the statement noted that there could be additions to the agenda later.

The resolution was not debated by the House of Representatives yesterday, however, there is still the possibility that the House Rules Committee may include the resolution in the agenda on Wednesday or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may directly carry the issue to the assembly floor via "suspension of rules" method.

Diplomatic sources said that both Pelosi and the Republicans had asked representatives not to leave the Congress and to be present at Wednesday's gathering.

In the meantime, Turkish Embassy in the U.S. capital continues to monitor the developments closely and holds talks with Congress members.

Turkish Ambassador in Washington, D.C. Namik Tan keeps calling Congress members in person and shares the latest developments via social networking web-site "twitter".

Turkish organizations also continue their activities on the issue.

Faruk Taban, head of the Turkic American Alliance (TAA), told AA that both Turkish-U.S. relations and reliability of the Congress might be shaken if the resolution was debated and approved by the House of Representatives.

Taban said such a development would insult Turkey, which was an important regional power and NATO ally, besides, it would harm the normalization process of the relations between Turkey and Armenia.

The resolution "H. Res. 252" --labelling the 1915 incidents which took place shortly before the fall of the Ottoman Empire as "genocide" -- was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 23 against 22 last March.

The adoption of the resolution caused wide reaction in Turkey, which recalled its ambassador, who returned to Washington, D.C. a month later. 

 

 

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