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U.S. Congress House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee adopted resolution on Armenian genocide

2010-03-05 12:05

Yesterday the US Congress House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee with adopted the H.Res.252 concerning the Armenian Genocide Resolution [23 votes for and 22 against].

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The procedure was broadcasted live by Yerkir Media [Armenian TV channel].

The resolution was supported by Howard Berman, the chairman of the Committee, member of group of American-Turkish friendship -Interfax.

The document must be now sent to the plenary sitting of the House of Representatives.

Resolution calls on President Obama to take necessary steps to reflect in the U.S. foreign policy the understanding in the issues, concerning human rights, ethnic cleansings, and events confirmed in the U.S. documents and connected with Armenian genocide.

In response Turkey decided to recall its ambassador to the USA for consultations.

The PM of Turkey , Recep Tayyip Erdogan, expressed anxiety over the resolution and stated it could harm the relations between the two countries.

Previously that Committee adopted the draft resolutions thrice, but due to efforts of Clinton's and Bush's administrations they never came to the plenary sitting of the House of Representatives.

The genocide was recognized by 20 countries and 42 out of 50 U.S. states.

 

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