BAKU: US Administration To Try To Block Passage Of Armenian Bill – U

US ADMINISTRATION TO TRY TO BLOCK PASSAGE OF ARMENIAN BILL – US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE

Trend News Agency, Azerbaijan
March 14 2007

( Cihan ) – US Deputy Secretary of State Nick Burns said that the
US administration would do its best to block the passage of Armenian
resolution in the US House of Representatives.

Headed by Turkey-US Parliamentary Friendship Group chairman
Egemen Bagis, a delegation from Turkish Parliament met Burns, the
undersecretary of state for political affairs. The meeting in the US
capital Washington lasted one and a half hours.

Burns assured the Turkish officials that the US government would try
to prevent the passage of the controversial bill in the House.

The second Turkish delegation, which is in Washington to lobby the US
congressmen against the Armenian claims, also came together with the
representatives of Jewish community in the US and attended Turkey-US
Council meeting.

Turkish MPs will also meet US congressmen today and tomorrow to convey
Turkey’s thesis on the so called genocide and stress that Turkish
archives are open for historians and researchers to examine the events.

Late in February, the first of the three delegations from Turkish
parliament to lobby American congressmen prior to the voting of
a resolution on so-called Armenian genocide in the US House of
Representatives held talks with US officials.

In addition to this delegation, a third will also leave for the US
during the last week of March to press the congressmen.

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