Turkish Ambassador in Washington, D.C. Namik Tan has said that the U.S. House of Representatives did not put the resolution on the Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915 on its agenda, which was a right decision on a problematic issue.
Outgoing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who strongly supports the Armenian cause, failed on Wednesday to schedule a vote on a resolution labelling the incidents of 1915 as "genocide." Obama administration opposes it.
Tan said, "I thank all our American friends and the Turkish-American community for their relentless efforts to oppose H. Res. 252."
"I am happy that reason and common sense have prevailed," he said.
Tan said that Turkey and the United States which had been friends for years would keep working together for global peace, prosperity and stability. "For the future, we have to concentrate our efforts on strengthening the longstanding and time-tested Turkish-American strategic partnership," he said.
Turkish lawmaker Suat Kiniklioglu, who is also the chairman of U.S.-Turkish Interparliamentary Friendship Group, said Thursday that "we went through tough times but common sense prevailed at the end."
Kiniklioglu said that U.S. lawmakers did not move the legislation as the United States could not take the risk of damaging already fragile relations.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, Turkish President Abdullah Gul phoned Obama, and Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu talked to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to avoid passage of the resolution.
"Although there was a heavy Armenian pressure on U.S. lawmakers, the resolution had not been put on the agenda of the House. This is because of Turkey's significance in the international arena. Americans did the right thing and we welcome their decision," Kiniklioglu said.
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