Congressional Concern Mounts Over Turkey’s Reversal On Proposed “Roadmap”

Support Grows for Congressional Letter Urging “Administration to separate issues of normalization and genocide recognition”

WASHINGTON, DC – House Members concerned about Turkey’s backtracking on a so-called “roadmap” to advance Armenia-Turkey dialogue are set to urge President Obama to separate Armenian Genocide recognition from normalization of ties between the two countries, reported the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA.)

In a letter to President Obama, initiated by Congressional Armenian Caucus Co-Chairs Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) as well as Armenian Genocide resolution lead sponsors Adam Schiff (D-CA) and George Radanovich (R-CA), Members of Congress question Turkey’s commitment to talks normalizing relations with Armenia, as stated in a “roadmap” agreement signed just two days prior to April 24th, the international day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Turkey has since added preconditions to continued discussions, which have led most observers of the process to conclude the effort to be stalled indefinitely.

“It would appear that Turkey, in an effort to block U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide, agreed to a roadmap it did not intend to uphold,” notes the letter to the President. “Therefore, we urge your Administration to separate the issues of normalization and genocide recognition.  We hope that renewed efforts and focused resources from the Administration can be utilized to nurture the Armenia-Turkey normalization process without preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe, and continue to remain strongly supportive of your stated campaign policy to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.”

Armenian Americans have been contacting their legislators to cosign the Congressional letter, set to be sent to the President on July 24th. 
Click here to send a free ANCA WebFax to your legislator

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5 Comments

  1. Alex Postallian said:

    One must wonder how these scholars involved in this peace process are qualfied as such? Basic 101 is;turks are the worst LIARS of repute,for centuries.They are not interested in peace dialogue,never was.SOOO,dont SHAME your reputation by prolonging this CHARADE!

  2. Khorr Fredeh said:

    Why the surprise? the Turks have mastered the art of manipulation, blind Freddy ( lets say Khorr Fredeh) saw tt coming.

    The Turks have no intention ever to behave like a good neighbors, nor will they ever admit to the horrors and mass killings that are globally recognized as the first Genocide of he 20th century. I am a bit flabbergasted that our Armenian leaders fell for the ploy so easily.

    Round 1 Turkey.

  3. Gayane said:

    I definitely agree with you Alex.

    I have said this before and will continue to say this until I see the change: Turkey is playing everyone like a toy…They are the greatest puppetiers on the planet and they will continue to do so until our politicians open their eyes and finally realize that they were dumb enough to believe anything Turkey is promising..

    We all know that Turkey does not understand the meaning of truth, peach, love, honesty, justice and come clean.. They are the opposite of anything that is good..

    US, and ARmenia please stand up and do something about it.. Enough is enough..

    G

  4. SimonleBon said:

    Every country has it good and bad people. I live in a small country (the Netherlands) and I don’t agree with all actions of my government, altho they have been democratically elected. They don’t represent my opinion in every item. However, I am proud that the Netherlands recognized the Armenian genocide.

    IMO you can’t say all the people inhabiting Turrkey are bad, cos they have been lied to, probably out of shame/honour. Every country writes and lies about it own history, especially when it comes to (past) wars. The truth will come out eventually, and today I read the good news that 126 congressmen have already signed the resolution 252 of the U.S. Congress on Armenian Genocide. ( http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2009/07/24/banadzev/ )

    Most of us know the Armenian genocide took place and I think we all want it to be recognized worldwide. The genocide denial needs to be ended. It will still require a lot of steps, and I am confident the truth will overcome. Blaming Turks will not lead to the solution, persistence will.

    Separating recognition from the normalisation is necessary to make a step forward. Once recognition is there, there is a starting point to go on from there.

  5. SimonleBon said:

    Every country has it good and bad people. I live in a small country (the Netherlands) and I don’t agree with all actions of my government, altho they have been democratically elected. They don’t represent my opinion in every item. However, I am proud that the Netherlands recognized the Armenian genocide.

    IMO you can’t say all the people inhabiting Turrkey are bad, cos they have been lied to, probably out of shame/honour. Every country writes and lies about it own history, especially when it comes to (past) wars. The truth will come out eventually, and today I read the good news that 126 congressmen have already signed the resolution 252 of the U.S. Congress on Armenian Genocide. ( http://www.panorama.am/en/politics/2009/07/24/banadzev/ )

    Most of us know the Armenian genocide took place and I think we all want it to be recognized worldwide. The genocide denial needs to be ended. It will still require a lot of steps, and I am confident the truth will overcome. Blaming Turks will not lead to the solution, persistence will.

    Separating recognition from the normalisation is necessary to make a step forward. Once recognition is there, there is a starting point to go on from there.

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