Azerbaijan slams USA resolution on Armenian claims

Azerbaijan slams USA resolution on Armenian claims

Some Republicans expressed concern the move could further impair relations between Turkey and the U.S. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan previously said U.S. efforts to condemn the so-called genocide could damage bilateral ties between Ankara and Washington. The White House has said the timing of the resolution is inappropriate, just weeks after Erdoğan visited Washington, as he and Trump try to patch things up. The resolution, spearheaded by California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California, does not need approval from the White House.

After the House passed a broader Turkey sanctions bill 403-16 in October, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated that he would not put the legislation on the floor, arguing that it was too broad and unlikely to alter Ankara's behavior. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Republican Sen.

The senators voted unanimously in favour of the resolution on Thursday. The historic United States policy will "commemorate the Armenian Genocide through official recognition and remembrance".

FILE - Two people walk at the Tzitzernakaberd memorial to the victims of mass killings by Ottoman Turks, in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, Oct. 30, 2019.

The Ottoman Empire was centered in present-day Turkey.

Turkey accepts that many Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire were killed in clashes with Ottoman forces during World War One, but contests the figures and denies that the killings were systematically orchestrated and constitute a genocide.

"In every previous attempt to politicize history by some members of the US Congress, we reiterated our position to form a group to study it", Altun said.

"History will note these resolutions as irresponsible and irrational actions by some members of the US Congress against Turkey", Altun said, adding that those members had acted to strain ties between the two countries.

Critics, including prominent Republican senators, blasted Trump as giving a green light to Erdoğan for the assault, and after the US and Turkey reached an agreement to halt it, Trump embraced the Turkish leader at the White House and removed any sanctions on senior Turkish officials.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the decision a "political show", while presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Ankara strongly condemned and rejected the measure.

Thursday's resolution also comes a day after the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations advanced a bill aiming to impose sanctions against Turkey over its invasion into northern Syria. The lower house voted for the piece of legislation in late October in response to Turkey's controversial offensive against Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria.

Relations between the USA and Turkey, two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, have become tense in recent months after Turkey bought a Russian defense missile system and launched a military offensive in northern Syria, threatening the United States' Kurdish partners there as Trump pulled back American forces from the region.

'Sanctions, threats to not deter us from protecting our national security interests, ' says Turkey's communications director.


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