Ex US Envoy to Turkey Lobbies Against Genocide Bill, Urges Obama to Intervene

ANKARA (Today’s Zaman)–A veteran US diplomat has said he believes the Armenian Genocide resolution, slated for a vote in the US House Foreign Affairs Commission on March 4, might eventually be adopted by Congress if US President Barack Obama doesn’t intervene to prevent it, the Anatolia news agency reported on Sunday.

The remarks by Morton Abramowitz, who served as US ambassador to Ankara during the first Gulf War (1989-1991), came as a tacit signal to the US President that Ankara was seeking his opposition to the bill.

Abramowitz was speaking at a meeting recently hosted by the Istanbul Center and Georgia Tech’s Sam Nunn School of International Affairs in Atlanta.

Last month, Rep. Howard Berman, who serves as the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, said he intended to call a committee vote on the non-binding resolution on March 4. Spearheaded by Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), George Radanovich (R-CA), Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL), the Armenian Genocide Resolution calls upon the President to ensure that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States record relating to the Armenian Genocide.

Anatolia quoted Abramowitz as saying that if President Obama doesn’t get involved in the issue, Congress may pass the resolution this year. The diplomats warning was the underlying theme of his message during the meeting. Abramowitz also suggested that the ongoing tension between Israel and Turkey had sparked anger against Turkey amongst the Jewish lobby in the US, which has traditionally been pro-Turkey.


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  1. Frank said:

    Mr Morton Abramowitz
    Why do you want to be on the side of evil when you have the choice to be on the side of the good people.

    If they were not quilty then they would not be fight this so hard.
    They destroyed all our documents
    The problem is that they have their city archives which will proove that those lands belong to the Armenians
    Those land Turks are sitting on and they have no proof of purchase makes it obvious that the land must be from an act of Genocide.
    More than half of Turkey is Armenian owned land.
    Mr Morton Abramowitz change your side while you can.
    Dont humiliate yourself

  2. Arman said:

    Morton Abramowitz needs to learn the lessons Ambassador Morgenthau taught the United States nearly a hundred years ago. Shame on this unjust career diplomat for perpetuating the cycle of denial.

  3. Nairian said:

    Abramowitz, go and drink salt water from the sea. The Jewish Lobby in Washington will be with us and you and your Turkish buddies can do nothing about it as the Armenian Genocide Resolution will have to pass in Congress this March 4th.

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