Prime Minister Erdogan said today that Ankara has no plans to send Turkish Ambasador to the United States Namik Tan back to Washington until it receives a clear signal that the resolution is dead. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced that it had reached a deal with American congressional leaders that would stop the resolution in its tracks. However, for Ankara, this is apparently not enough. Upon Tan’s return this week, the government continued to issue strong rhetoric, for which there is no doubt a public demand. Fighting “genocide” resolutions is one of the few things that pulls otherwise polarized Turkish politicans together. Suat Kiniklioglu, the AKP’s deputy chairman for external affairs, threatened major consequences” should the resolution pass the full United States House of Representatives.
Armeno-Turkish Relations: Pitfalls and Possibilities. Could one major pitfall be, not inviting speakers for the Turkish side or running away from dialogue? Their real fear could also the Kurdish-Turkish rapprochement, which could complicate an important demand of the Armenians. (3Ts Tanima, Toprak, Tazminat | Recognition, Restitution, Land). There is another way beyond the well known Ottoman saying: Ya Vur Kurtul, Ya Ver Kurtul?either fight and be free, or pay and be free. That will be bilateral talks where everything is on table. Ya hep ya hic | All or nothing.
Many believe that the recent approval of a resolution that recognizes the killings of Armenians at the hands of the Ottoman Empire as ?genocide,? an allegation Turkey categorically rejects, by the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs, has dealt a blow both to Turkish-US and Turkish-Armenian relations, making it harder for the normalization of relations with Armenia.
Last week?s vote on the Armenian genocide resolution by the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee effectively put an end to already weak hopes of reconciliation between Ankara and Yerevan. In that sense, the vote created two clear victors: the Armenian lobby and Azerbaijan.
Mavi Boncuk |
Genocide vote harms US-Turkey ties
Was the 1915 killing of Armenians genocide? The question is debatable, but it’s not for the US Congress to decide
Stephen Kinzer 
guardian.co.uk, Friday 5 March
The Obama administration has asked the House of Representatives not to vote on whether Turkey committed genocide against Armenians in 1915.
It is interesting to imagine what might have ensued had the alliance forged in 1907 between the nationalist ?Young Turks? and the nationalist Armenian ?Dashnaks? not broken down in 1912.
from Global Voices Online by Onnik Krikorian
Mehmet YEGIN: USAK, Center for Transatlantic Studies
The Armenian Diaspora in the US persists in its attempts to kill the protocols. Again they are pushing for another “genocide” resolution. Of course they do not want to loose the chance of having the support of nearly all the crucial leaders of the Democratic Party. The midterm elections and the hard position of the party also seem to create an appropriate climate. The previous attempts were blocked by the interventions of the previous presidents, whereas now there is not an apparent attempt of Obama administration on the bill.