Safrastyan Says Ankara Likely to Exploit Genocide Resolution, Pursue Stronger Foreign Policy

YEREVAN (Yerkir)-Turkey might act on threats made to the United States if the Armenian Genocide Resolution passes said Tuesday Director of the Institute of Oriental Studies at the Armenian Academy of Sciences Dr. Ruben Safrastyan, adding, however, that a Turkish retaliation will not do much harm to the U.S.
"Turkey will evidently launch military operations in Northern Iraq as a form of revenge," he said, adding that Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan has already given the go ahead. "An appropriate draft bill will be approved in the parliament. As to restricting the U.S. use of Incirlik base and blocking crucial supply routes to Iraq, I do not suppose Turkey will resort to such extreme measures," he commented.
Passage of the H.Res.106 may lead Turkey expand its role as a regional power and adopt a more proactive foreign policy, said Safrastyan. "Turkey wants to ensure its security at the expense of its neighbors. This tradition has been maintained since the times of the Ottoman Empire," he added.
Although this resolution is non-binding and lacks the authority to force the President to use the term genocide, Dr. Safrastyan said, "Turkey has taken the opportunity to pursue its own foreign policy," he remarked.


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