Angry Ankara Calls Senate Panel ‘Inept’

Turkish Foreign Mininster Ahmet Davutoglu


ANKARA—Angered at Thursday’s passage of the Armenian Genocide resolution by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Turkish Foreign Ministry lashed out at the legislative body condemning the adoption of the measure.

“The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has acted beyond its position, competence and responsibility by adopting by majority vote a hastily and ineptly prepared draft resolution (S.Res.410). We reject this attempt at a political exploitation that distorts history and law, and we condemn those who led this prejudiced initiative, which is devoid of any legal ground,” said an official foreign ministry statement.

“In actuality, how Turks and Armenians, as the owners of this common history, can together, through dialogue and empathy, reach a just memory of the tragic events of 1915, which occurred during the great human sufferings of World War I, is already being examined thoroughly and in all its dimensions. In this context, our proposal to establish a Joint Historical Commission, also reflected in the Turkish-Armenian protocols, remains on the agenda,” added the foreign ministry statement.

“In the forthcoming period, it is essential that the U.S. Congress engages in efforts aimed at strengthening our historic alliance and partnership, which are more important than ever in the present circumstances, instead of damaging Turkish-American bilateral ties; and that this draft resolution and similar ones are not moved any further in the legislative agenda,” the statement concluded.

On Thursday, by a vote of 12 to 5 the Senate Foreign Relations Committee adopted the Armenian Genocide resolution, which urges Turkey to recognize the Genocide.

Prior to Thursday’s vote, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu held a phone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday to discuss the resolutions.

“We don’t have a negative expectation [for the outcome of the draft resolution],” Davutoglu told reporters in Ankara Thursday, adding that the two had also discussed developments in Syria and Egypt, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

The Turkish government is taking measures against “initiatives that will bother Turkey. We hope they will not take such an attitude,” he also said.

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8 Comments

  1. GB said:

    This angry Turkish thug, has no rights to get involved with US domestic politics!

  2. John Ahmaranian said:

    Davutoglu said “we condemn those who led this prejudiced initiative, which is devoid of any legal ground,”
    Look who is taking about legal ground? Was it a legal ground to open the Turkish – Syrian border to let anarchists and terrorists to invade kessab, a peaceful Armenian city ? Based on which international legal ground, Turkey declared war against Facebook, Spype, Twitter, Google? This is an Ottoman policy of past centuries. Learn your history, Mr. Davutoglu. from 1860-1890 your ancestors closed TERJIMAN-I AHWAL, MUHBIR, LEVANT HERALD, IFHAM, TAFSIR-I EFKAR, and many other newspapers.
    Legal ground? Mind your own business Mr. Foreign minister and deal with the daily protests in Istanbul, then come and teach us about the legality of the American system.

  3. GeorgeMardig said:

    Values should not be traded for money or power, The world needs new bases to continue to the future.

  4. Hrant K. said:

    This draft resolution if not moved any further in the legislative agenda of the US Congress, will prove its
    bankruptcy , but won’t deter us from attaining our Sacred Dream, even if it takes us 3 more generations or
    much beyond that!

  5. Garo Yeghichian said:

    Soon or late the truth will dominate. Mr Davutoglu knows and himself called the Armenian killings masacre and deportation (men women and children) is Otoman Turks unhumanity (on his way to Armenia about two month ago}

  6. Dino said:

    Turks: smiling Taliban/al Qaida in suits without beards. Obligate barbarians, no more no less.

  7. Josef said:

    Why is Turkey angry? Just bring out your check book and make it payable to who every is on your payroll
    Mr. Davutoglu or who ever writes your checks consider it a yearly bonus!!!! You should be ok ..

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