Armenian genocide resolution dies in US House | Earth Times News   Leave a comment

Washington – A US House of Representatives resolution declaring that the World War I-era slayings of more than 1 million Armenians by the Ottomans was genocide appears to have died after it failed to reach a vote on Thursday.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi did not schedule the resolution for a vote on the last day of House activities before recessing for the holiday break, effectively killing the measure until at least next year.
The White House and State Department have lobbied hard against it, fearing it would badly damage relations with Turkey. Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Washington after a House committee approved the resolution in March.
“We have made clear our opposition to that resolution,” State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said earlier this week.
House Democrats have been pushing for the resolution for years but have never been able to bring it up for a final vote. The proponents have vowed to try again next year, but it will be more difficult with Republicans poised to take control of the House in January following the outcome of November’s elections.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned Washington that passage of the resolution would badly damage relations between the two NATO allies. The Obama administration also worries the resolution could derail the ongoing reconciliation process between Turkey and Armenia.
Armenians contend that up to 1.5 million of their people were systematically killed by the Ottoman Turks in 1915. Turkey has long denied the genocide claim, saying the number of Armenians killed is much lower than claimed and the deaths were the result of civil unrest.

Posted December 22, 2010 by dmacc502 in Uncategorized

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