H.Res.106 is a Victory for Armenian Nation, Says Genocide Scholar

Director of the Institute of the Oriental Studies in Yerevan Ruben Safrastyan

YEREVAN (Yerkir)–The Armenian Genocide resolution reminded the international community about the "Armenian factor" and this is a positive result, Ruben Safrastyan, Director of the Institute of the Oriental Studies, told a news conference in Yerevan.
Armenian interests coincided with the interests of the United States in this case, according to him.
"The authors of the resolution took action proceeding from the standpoint of a power that advocates human rights while the Bush administration exercised the habit of operating with political categories," he said. "That is why, the measure was suspended. However, approval of the resolution by the congressional panel has shown that a future vote can be a success for Armenia’s. From this standpoint we should view the resolution debate as a victory of the Armenian nation," he said.
As to the Byrd-Smith resolution commending the Turkish-U.S. partnership, Safrastyan noted that there are politicians in the U.S., who really eye Turkey as a strategic ally. "These politicians initiated the measure but I do assure that not all in the administration and State Department believe that Turkey is an ally," he added.

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