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U.S. “genocide” resolution casts shadow over Turkey- Armenia normalization process

The Morning After

from Turkish Politics in Action by Ragan Updegraff

Newly-appointed Turkish Ambassador to the United States Namik Tan PHOTO from Hurriyet Daily News

Though with less of a majority than expected, the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday again passed a resolution recognizing the mass deportations organized by the Ottoman Committee for Union and Progrss (CUP) as genocide. By a vote of 23-22, the non-binding resolution now waits to be moved to the House floor for a vote by the entire 435-member body, though it is unclear whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will do so.

FATMA DİŞLİ ZIBAK – Armenian resolution and Turkey?s trauma

A resolution that recognizes the killing of Armenians during the final years of the Ottoman Empire as ?genocide? was unfortunately approved by the US House Committee on Foreign Relations on Thursday, leading to the ringing of alarm bells in Turkish-US relations.

Turkey Says Genocide Vote Will Impair U.S. Ties

from NYT > Turkey by By SEBNEM ARSU and BRIAN KNOWLTON
Turkey warned the U.S. on Friday of negative diplomatic consequences for a U.S. resolution branding WWI-era killing of Armenians a genocide.

Turkey has furiously recalled its ambassador after US lawmakers ...

Turkey has furiously recalled its ambassador after US lawmakers voted to brand as “genocide” the killing of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I. Despite strong opposition from Turkey and the White House, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the symbolic resolution on Thursday and set the stage for a full vote in the House of Representatives. (AFPTV)

Q&A: Turkey and the Armenian ‘genocide’ (CNN)

from Yahoo news
Turkey has reacted angrily to a U.S. congressional panel decision to pass a resolution calling the 1915 killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey a genocide.

A furious Turkey has warned of damage to its ties with the US ...

A furious Turkey has warned of damage to its ties with the US and protesters have descended on the American embassy after a Congressional panel labelled the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians as genocide. (AFP/Graphic)

Turkey says U.S. genocide vote endangers Caucasus peace (Reuters via Yahoo! News)

from Yahoo news
Turkey said on Friday chances of its parliament ratifying peace protocols with Armenia were jeopardized by a U.S. congressional panel vote that labeled as “genocide” the massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915.

A protester holds a Turkish flag and shouts slogans during a ...

A protester holds a Turkish flag and shouts slogans during a demonstration in front of the US Embassy in Ankara. A furious Turkey warned of damage to its ties with the United States and protestors descended on the US embassy Friday after a Congressional panel labelled the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians genocide.

(AFP/Adem Altan)

24…23…22…The Armenian Resolution Countdown Begins… Again

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

With their vote The House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington DC simply said “Who remembers the ethnic cleansing of Turks and moslems in the Caucasus in 1905 now?” [1]

23 to 22 vote is an empty victory. There is more traction now for bilateral intensification and progress between Turkey and Armenia as the Diaspora Armenians desperately try to scuttle the ongoing protocol signed in Switzerland. This nonbinding resolution, even if fully ratified will waste the single bullet of the proponents of this resolution against Turkey’s counter argument that basically says the toll has been inflated and those killed were victims of civil war and unrest, not genocide.
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Picture taken in 1915 shows Turkish soldiers standing in front ...

Picture taken in 1915 shows Turkish soldiers standing in front of executed Armenians in Alep. A furious Turkey has warned of damage to its ties with the US and protesters descended on the American embassy after a Congressional panel labelled the Ottoman-era massacre of Armenians as genocide.

(AFP/CRDA/File)

Vote undermines Obama’s Turkey strategy

from FT.com – World, Europe
After Ankara recalled its ambassador to Washington in protest at a vote by a congressional panel, President Barack Obama’s bid to strengthen the US partnership with Turkey faced its biggest test
Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media ...

Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu speaks to the media in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, March 5, 2010. Davutoglu on Friday complained of a lack of ‘strategic vision’ in Washington and warned of negative consequences to ties with the United States after a U.S. congressional committee approved a resolution branding the World War I-era killing of Armenians a genocide. The House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the resolution, which Turkey sees as a historical affront, over last minute objections of U.S. President Barack Obama. Minutes after the vote, Turkey angrily withdrew its ambassador to Washington.

(AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

The Armenian genocide resolution is a farce all around – washingtonpost.com

Eren Keskin looks at the Armenian and Turkish opinion on genocide

from EU-DIGEST

Eren Keskin is vice-president of the Turkish Human Rights Association (IHD) and former president of its Istanbul branch. In 2005, she was awarded the Esslingen-based Theodor Haecker Prize for Civic Courage and Political Integrity. In a column for the Armenian weekly she wrote: ” In 2005, there was a conference in Istanbul. The intellectuals who organized this conference, known as ?the Armenian Conference,? wrote in the call for papers: ?The orders that led to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands of people, and the death and murder of many of them in and after 1915 were, after all, given and executed by a government of the Ottoman Empire (which is not identical to the present Turkish Republic).?

Like Déjà vu All Over Again

from Istanbul Calling by Yigal Schleifer

There are moments in a nation?s history when the threats are so great that all political divisions and disagreements need to be thrown aside in an effort to defend the motherland. For Turkey, that moment comes almost once every year, when it?s time for the country to fight yet another attempt to pass a bill in Washington recognizing the Armenian genocide.

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