Sept 21 2005
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US Congress committee passes `Armenian genocide’ bills
Baku, September 20, AssA-Irada
The committee on international relations of the US House of
Representatives has passed two draft laws on the recognition of the
false `genocide of Armenians’.
A representative of the US administration said at the opening of the
Committee meeting that he is opposed to the bills.
A high-ranking US official, in his letter to the Committee, wrote
that adoption of the bills contradicts the United States’ interests.
Congressman Tom Lantos of California, who earlier supported Turkey on
the so-called `genocide’ issue, has changed his position. Turkey’s
refusal to allow US troops to enter Iraq through its territories
resulted in the killings of American soldiers, he said. `Turkey
attached no importance to US interests. I therefore supported both
bills,’ Lantos said.
Congressman Dan Burton of Indiana regarded raising the `genocide’
issue in US Congress every year as `meaningless’.*