Turkish Leaders Eye Washington As Genocide Bill Gains Momentum

Turkey's parliament speaker Cemil Cicek told an audience in Washington that Armenia is hampering bi-lateral relations


Turkey’s Parliament Speaker Says Armenia Hampering Bi-Lateral Relations
WASHINGTON—A week after the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution was introduced in Congress, a coterie of top-level Turkish leaders are eying the nation’s capital in hopes of dissuading lawmakers from advancing the bill to a vote.

Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu will visit Washington before April 24, said ministry spokesperson Tanju Bilgiç, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

Meanwhile Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek was in Washington Tuesday where he blamed Armenia for hampering Turkey-Armenia relations during a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

During his speech, titled “Turkey-U.S. Relations in the 21st Century,” Çiçek said while Turkey is “approaching Armenia with candidness in an effort to resolve the 1915 incidents,” Yerevan focuses on the events to hamper the normalization process between the two countries, reported the Anadolou News Agency.

“We see that Armenia chooses to focus on intensifying its anti-Turkey events organized within the concept of the centenary of the 1915 incidents, rather than carrying the normalization process further on the path towards April 24. This is despite all the well-intentioned initiatives coming from our country,” said Çiçek.

He said there was “no change” in Turkey’s stance toward normalizing relations with Armenia, adding there was still hope for it to improve.

“The condolences messages and statements about these issues by our president and prime minister are important steps taken in this way,” Çiçek said, referring to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s now infamous message issued in April 2014.

“We want the exploitation [of the Armenian Genocide issue] to be removed and for peace to be supported by enlightening historical facts. We are ready to give support to any kind of research,” he added.

However, in his remarks, Çiçek neglected to mention that Turkey has pre-conditioned the signing of the Turkey-Armenia Protocols on a resolution to the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that is beneficial to Azerbaijan.

The Armenian National Committee of America on Tuesday reported that a broad spectrum of veteran and freshmen House Members are adding their voices to the global call for truth and justice, as support for passage of the Armenian Genocide Resolution (H.Res.154) continues to grow.

Representatives Robert Dold (R-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), along with 40 other Members of the House of Representatives on March 18 introduced the Armenian Genocide Truth and Justice Resolution. This bipartisan resolution calls upon the President to work toward equitable, constructive, and durable Armenian-Turkish relations based upon the Republic of Turkey’s full acknowledgement of the facts and ongoing consequences of the Armenian Genocide. The resolution will also establish a fair, just, and comprehensive international record of this crime against humanity.

“We strongly support this new bipartisan approach to promoting regional peace, protecting Armenia, and preventing future atrocities,” said Armenian National Committee of America Executive Director Aram Hamparian at the time of the bill’s introduction

“This innovative, justice-based initiative builds upon the U.S. record of past Armenian Genocide recognition by calling for a new U.S. policy – one that reflects our American values and also recognizes that our national interests will be served by Turkey ending its obstruction of a truthful and just international resolution of this crime,” added Hamparian.

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10 Comments

  1. State-Of-Emergency said:

    Turkey is in a quagmire. They’re being attacked from all sides. It’s like being entangled by an octopus with tentacles coming from every which way.

  2. Malcolm Catchatoorian said:

    why isn’t the media covering all the Genocide Commemorating events? Pressure from Turkey?

  3. tommy said:

    Nothing will happen UNLESS Turkey joins BRICs. It is a charade until that happens. Don’t waste your $ on politicians now.

  4. GB said:

    I wonder when these Turkish Oghloos will be matured up, that Christian Genocide in Ossmani Caliphate has nothing to do with politics!

  5. Berge Jololian said:

    Meanwhile, the Armenian Ambassador is sleeping or busy himself and the embassy staff is busy shopping.

    The Armenian foreign ministry is clueless and silent. At least Azerbaijan has a school of Diplomatic Academy and they have an active embassy staff that researches and connects with local country officials while promoting the interests of Azerbaijan.

  6. GeorgeMardig said:

    Obama will do a great favour to Turkey by recognizng the Genocide, Turkey needs Washington’s help to confront it’s past, thr recognition is important to Armenians but it is more important to Turkey, without confronting Turkey it’s past , he will be stuck in stone age and won’t be able to progress into the future.

  7. Sevan said:

    Every Year before April 24th we hear the same old story.

    Turkey is “approaching Armenia with candidness in an effort to resolve the 1915 incidents,”

    What a bunch of lies! They still want us all DEAD!

  8. Lena Kulyan said:

    Turcky should be wise enough to listen an advise many of their own people and recognise and clear their criminal history and guilty conscious. This is the only way to the peace.

  9. kars said:

    I have seldom heard more banality and vacuousness in some of the comments. ” Turkey is in a quagmire” who says so ? Turkey was also in a quagmire in 1918. Obama will do a “favor to Turkey” by recognizing the genocide ?. ” Tureky stuck in a stone age” ? This is more laughable than a charlie chaplin mazurka. These commentaries expose a glaring lack of fundamental knowledge about Turkey and her position in the geopolitical game. Turkey will never recognize the genocide until forced to do so; until “forced to do so” by force of arms. In the meantime keep on dreaming about turkey stuck in the stone age, or turkey being in a flotsam.

  10. HERAYER said:

    it is amazing that turkish tactics have not changed, use the tactic that we respect Armenians as brothers then use lies,blackmail and bribery to change the historical truth about the Armenian Genocide, the claim that the world lies and also most importantly their own citizens are liars, go ask most of the people that are living in eastern turkey they will tell what happened to the Armenians was Genocide in detail, its time for turkey to admit to the truth that they turkey committed genocide against their own citizens the Armenians, the truth will set you free

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