Turkey’s Sezer to Urge Clinton to Stop Genocide Bill Vote

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–Turkish president Ahmet Nectet Sezer told reporters in New York Tuesday that he will urge President Bill Clinton to stop a Congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide from coming to a vote.

The Sezer-Clinton meeting will the first and last meeting between the two leaders–since Clinton will leave office in January.

Observers at the UN Millennium Summit–in the framework of which Sezer will meet with Clinton–say that Sezer will ask his US counterpart to intervene in the passage of the Genocide Resolution. Meanwhile–Turkish foreign ministry officials reminded that in the past US presidential intervention has resulted in the rejection of past Genocide resolutions in Congress. Turkish diplomats are expected to call on Clinton to use his stature and pressure Congress to not consider the bill.

The Turkish and American leaders are also expected to discuss the progress of the Baku-Ceyhan pipeline–as well as alleged damages Turkey incurs in its role as a NATO member in defending the borders with Iraq.

It is expected that Clinton will make his own set of deman’s on the issue of Cyprus.

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