Turkey Slams U.S. Vote on Armenian Genocide Resolution
Relationship between the United States and Turkey is on shaky ground after the House Foreign Affairs Committee approved by the slimmest of margin a resolution that labels as genocide the killings of Armenians by soldiers of the Ottoman Empire.
The decision immediately drew criticism from Turkish President Abdullah Gul, who called the resolution “an injustice to history and to the science of history.” He added that Turkey “will not be responsible for the negative results” from the resolution, which passed the committee via a 23-22 vote. Gul summoned Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S. after the committee approved the resolution, which will now be forwarded for a vote by the full House of Representatives.
Historians estimate that Ottoman Turks were responsible for the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians during World War I. However, Turkey insists that the slaughter should not be called genocide because the deaths were caused by war.
President Barack Obama‘s administration is against the resolution for its potential to hamper normalization of relationship between Turkey and Armenia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the Obama administration has made it clear that the “full Congress…should not act upon that resolution.”