Turkey warns US of Armenian resolution vote

Armenian resolution may come to the House floor on Tuesday on a call by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

Turkey warns US of Armenian resolution vote

Turkey's Embassy in Washington, D.C. has intensified lobbying efforts against a possible approval of an Armenian resolution at the U.S. House of Representatives that calls for the recognition of Armenian allegations over the the incidents of 1915 back in the Ottoman Empire.

Diplomatic sources close to the ongoing efforts said Turkish Ambassador in Washington, D.C. Namik Tan personally telephoned Congress members to win their support against the resolution as the ambassador also called former U.S. secretaries of state and defense as well as national security advisors.

The Turkish Embassy also had contacted officials with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to have them exert pressure on Congress members and warn them over possible damage of the resolution on business relations between Turkey and the United States.

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.

The resolution may come to the House floor on Tuesday on a call by Rep. Nancy Pelosi.

"Obama admin in touch with House"

Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. State Department Philip Crowley said Monday that they were in touch with the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the Armenian resolution.

Speaking at a daily press briefing in Washington, D.C., Crowley said that the U.S. State Department had made their opposition to such a resolution clear in the past.

We are in touch with the House on the resolution, Crowley said.

A senior diplomat at the U.S. State Department told Anadolu news agency, that they had consistent attitude regarding the Armenian resolution and they had not changed their views on the resolution.

I want to make it clear that we have not yet received any information that would suggest that the Armenian resolution has been placed on the agenda of the House for a vote, the U.S. diplomat also told the agency.

"Erdogan's letter to Obama"

Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama warning that the Armenian resolution could strain relations.

Erdogan told Obama in the letter that the resolution "could strain relations between the two countries."

Turkey strongly rejects the allegations and regards the events as civil strife in wartime which claimed lives of many Turks and Armenians.

Now the alarm bells are ringing once again for Turkish-U.S. relations as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, wants to bring the resolution to the House floor in 48 hours.

The resolution is not binding even if it is voted and accepted in the House of Representatives. It is only recommendatory. U.S. President Barack Obama and the administration do not have to abide by this recommendation even if it is accepted.



Agencies

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