British Justice Minister Says Genocide Bill Won’t Pass in UK

LONDON (Combined Sources)–British Justice Minister Jack Straw reassured Turkey on Wednesday that a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the United Kingdom would not be adopted by the House of Commons, the Turkish Anatolian News Agency reported.

“The chance of this becoming law is zero. I can assure everyone on this issue,” said Straw, addressing a Turkey-England Business forum luncheon on Tuesday attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ERdogan. his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and other Turkish officials.

He said that only one of the 651 members of the House of Commons backed the bill, noting that the neither the government nor the opposition supported it.

Straw, who reiterated England’s support for Turkey’s European Union bid, said the EU needed Turkey as much as Turkey needed the EU.

Similar resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide were recently adopted by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Parliament, causing panic in Turkey, which spends millions of dollars annually lobbying against any recognition of the Genocide committed against Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government during World War 1.


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  1. MGL said:

    What is new?! England was always on opposite side. They don’t have guts like France and others.

    • WashingtonDC said:

      maybe because UK itself committed lots of crimes in the past..?

  2. Araxi said:

    The British Justice Minister has just made the most disgraceful and UNJUST decision in present day England.
    We need to raise our hats to the Irish who have made the right and just decision on the Armenian Genocide.
    Happy St. Patricks Day to all the Irish people.

  3. Lusik said:

    Jack Straw simply gave his calculation of a chance for resolution to pass in UK. Is he misinforming us? Unlikely. Is his “calculator” broken? Unlikely.

    So, we better think why zero?
    a. Because these politicians are still in love with Margaret Tetcher forcing Francois Mitterrand to give to her French military code during Falklands war.

    b. Because UK politicians see big promise in Erdogan’s rhetoric. What if another dictator is emerging? UK was not against Hitler coming to power. Remember?
    The important difference is that Hitler was artistic and decent painter (the only positive that possibly can go with this name). Erdogan is neither.

    Last “because” is that UK does not mind the global economy mess to be cleaned by a WWIII somewhere outside Europe.

    The irony is that EU was created (and UN as well) to prevent any dictatorship to emerge and terrorize Europe. UK never really, fully joined EU.