Turkey to FollowBush Administration’s Handling of Genocide Issue

ANKARA (Anadolu)–The Turkish foreign ministry wished success to all the secretaries appointed by president-elect George Bush and hoped bilateral relations will improve in the new period. Responding to a question during a weekly press briefing–Foreign Ministry Deputy Spokesman Huseyin Dirioz said that the Armenian lobby in the US will restart its initiatives for the adoption of the resolution on the so-called genocide on Armenia’s.

Dirioz said that Turkey has always opposed unfair accusations which distorted history–adding that "our initiatives against these claims continue."

When asked how Turkey evaluates the appointment of former Senator Spencer Abraham–a member of the Armenian lobby who is of Arab origin as the US Energy Secretary–Dirioz said that "we expect everybody to be friends of Turkey regardless of a person’s attitude toward Turkey. In such circumstances–the thing that matters is performance. We wish success to all the ministers of the US administration."

Abraham was a senator from 1994-2000 and was never pro-Turkish. He had a role in decreasing American economic and military aid to Turkey in 1995 due to relations between Turkey and Armenia–the Cyprus question and human rights. Abraham also calls for recognition of the Armenian Genocide–and has played a leading role in the US decision to continue its sanctions against Azerbaijan.

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