Turkish Opposition Calls on Parliament to Kill Protocols

ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Turkey’s leading opposition party on Monday requested that a session of Parliament be called to determine a strategy for Ankara to take in combating efforts to gain recognition of the Armenian Genocide.

The motion carried the signature of key members of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) Kemal Anadol, Kemal Kilicdaroglu and Hakki Suha Okay.

The motion said the protocols signed on Oct. 10 between Turkey and Armenia created serious pitfalls for Turkey’s national interests and that continuing to make it appear as though the agreements will pass through Parliament will also not help prevent President Obama from using the word genocide on April 24.

“There is no advantage to keeping the protocols in Parliament but rather serious disadvantages,” the motion read.

It said that the Armenian Genocide resolutions passed in the U.S. Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Swedish parliament earlier in March would inevitably have destructive consequences on relations between Turkey and European Union countries.

The motion also said the fact that the protocols are being held in Parliament after the passage of the resolution in the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs creates the wrong impression and invites pressure on Turkey.

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