ARF Political Director Optimistic on Passage of Genocide Bill

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–“Although Turkey has strengthened the fight against the adoption of H. Res. 106, the House Foreign Affairs Committee will positively react to the Armenian Genocide Resolution,” said Armenian Revolutionary Federation Political Affairs Director Giro Manoyan during a news conference Monday.
“It’s extremely important for the number of supporters not to decrease before the voting day,” said Manoyan, adding that he anticipated an increase of the number of co-sponsors.
Commenting on to the various obstacles Turkey was trying to create to prevent the bill’s inclusion in the Congressional agenda, Manoyan said: “ANCA considers that the preventive measures Turkey applies are just threats. Experience has shown that after adoption of a genocide bill in any country, Turkey goes on the offensive.”
During a phone conversation with President George W. Bush, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said relations between the two countries will be impacted if the US Congress passes a bill on the Armenian Genocide. The Prime Minister also stressed it will harm attempts to normalize relations between Armenia and Turkey. The adoption of the resolution, however, cannot influence Armenian-Turkish relations because they do not exist, said Manoyan.
“Members of Congress will side with the Armenian community, especially taking into consideration the reality that presidential and congressional elections are expected in 2008,” added Manoyan.

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