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US congressional move will definitely help US favorability in Turkey (!)

Turkey recalls ambassador over US vote

from FT.com – World, Europe
Barack Obama’s project of building a “model partnership” with Turkey faced its biggest test to date as a US congressional panel voted on a resolution describing the Ottoman-era massacres of some 1.5m Armenians as genocide

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FILE – In this Jan. 4, 2010 file photo, Turkey’s new Ambassador to Washington Namik Tan, right, and Turkey’s ambassador to Israel Ahmet Oguz Celikkol, left, are seen during a meeting in Ankara, Turkey. Turkey says it is recalling its ambassador to the U.S. for consultations following a resolution declaring the killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I genocide. The move came minutes after the U.S. congressional panel approved the resolution Thursday. A government statement said Ambassador Namik Tan was being recalled with immediate effect.(AP Photo / Burhan Ozbilici, File)

Armenia-Turkey: US Congressional panel adopts Genocide resolution

from Global Voices Online by Onnik Krikorian

House Panel Says Armenian Deaths Were Genocide

from NYT > Turkey by By BRIAN KNOWLTON
Turkey recalled its ambassador to the U.S. after the House Foreign Affairs Committee voted to condemn as genocide the 1900s killings of Armenians.

US vote attacks Turkey ‘genocide’

from BBC News | Europe | World Edition
A US Congress panel describes the World War I killing of Armenians in Turkey as genocide, prompting Turkish outrage.

Clinton’s last-minute intervention on Armenian genocide bill

from FP Passport by Joshua Keating

How Did Armenian Militants Kidnap President Obama

from The Istanbulian by Emre Kızılkaya

Resolution vote sends the wrong message to Turkey – TheHill.com

“Resolution vote sends the wrong message to Turkey
By Rep. Ed. Whitfield (R-KY), Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) – 03/04/10 09:51 AM ET

A Turkish proverb says ?A wise man remembers his friends at all times; a fool, only when he has need of them.? This is a telling phrase from a nation with which the United States has a longstanding and strategic partnership. Our friendship with the Republic of Turkey dates back to World War II and since that time Turkish troops have stood shoulder to shoulder with American troops in defense of freedom and justice.

It’s not up to Congress to write history of Turkey and Armenia | NJ.com

Should the United States Recognize Armenian Genocide? — Politics Daily

Will House pass Armenian genocide resolution this time? | McClatchy

A Changed U.S. House to Vote on Armenian Genocide – NYTimes.com

U.S. panel Armenian “genocide” vote angers Turkey (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

from Yahoo news
A U.S. congressional panel voted on Thursday to label as “genocide” the World War One-era massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turkish forces, prompting Turkey to recall its ambassador from Washington.

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  • ozge

    thanks for this news wrap-up. everything aside, the most unacceptable thing for me has been the fact that Turkey had the American defense and arms lobby by its side while lobbying against the resolution. at this point, the numbers, votes, and result (most probably it will not pass at the final stage anyway) do not matter. it is a dirty game. the way Turkey negotiates its position is already casting a shadow on the reliability of its position. Turkey threatens the US by revoking its 7-billion-dolar defense agreement. Why does Turkey has such a big defense agreement with the US in the first place? should we maybe hope that the resolution is passed, this agreement is cancelled, those arms kill less people and consequently we have less conflict and insecurity?

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