Turkey Continues Panic over Genocide Bill

ISTANBUL (Marmara)–The government of Turkey Thursday continued discussing recourse actions directed at the US if the Genocide resolution pending in Congress passes during the 106th Congressional session–reported the Istanbul-based Marmara Armenian daily newspaper.

Turkish prime minister Bulent Ecevit said that while Turkey is still "considering" retaliation against the US–there were no concrete plans initiated by the government.

Turkey asserted that it must prove to the entire world that it is the victim in this situation.

Furthermore–the Turkish government hinted at revisiting military contracts pending approval between Turkey and the US.

Ecevit condemned the passage of the resolution Tuesday by the House International Relations Committee–adding that Turkey must be prepared to undertake assertive measures if the resolution passes the entire House of Representatives.

The Turkish leader reiterated that if the resolution passes–relations between Turkey–the United States and Armenia could suffer.

If the resolution were to pass–"we [Turkey] will not be responsible for the consequences of Turkish decisions. The US is the entity which is opening doors for schism with Armenia," said Ecevit.

Turkish defense minister Sabbaheddin Cakmacoglu said that Turkey can reconsider military agreemen’s currently in enforced between Turkey and the US.

Meanwhile–Ecevit announced that it would be imprudent to publicize government plans being considered in case of the passage of the resolution. This issue will be addressed as each phase of the resolution process unfolds.

Ecevit added that high-level US officials have warned that Turkey may react adversely to the Genocide resolution–adding–"at this juncture–when we have not finalized our decisions–I think it would be fruitless to publicize our decision."

A Turkish diplomat said that his government would rather create confusion regarding its decision. Thus–the execution of those decisions will occur intermittently–in order to confuse "the others."


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