U.S. BUSINESS LEADERS URGING TO REJECT ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION
03.03.2010 14:40 GMT+04:00
/PanARMENIAN.Net/ U.S. business leaders are urging the House of
Representatives to reject the Armenian Genocide resolution.
In a letter, chief executives from the U.S. aerospace and defense
industry warned passage of the measure by the House Foreign Affairs
Committee could lead to "a rupture in U.S.-Turkey relations" and put
American jobs at risk.
Business leaders from Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co, and Raytheon
Co, among others, noted U.S. defense and aerospace exports to Turkey
amounted to $7 billion in 2009 and are expected to be similar in 2010.
On March 1, Turkey warned its ties with the United States would be
damaged if the House panel approved the measure.
The nonbinding resolution is scheduled to be voted on March 4 by the
House panel, Spero News reported.
The Armenian Genocide resolution (H.Res.106) was submitted to the
House of Representatives by Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), on
January 30, 2007, during the 110th United States Congress. It was
a non-binding resolution calling upon the US President to ensure
that the foreign policy of the United States reflects appropriate
understanding and sensitivity concerning issues related to human
rights, ethnic cleansing, and genocide documented in the United States
record relating to the Armenian Genocide, and for other purposes. Upon
its introduction it was referred to United States House Committee
on Foreign Affairs where it passed a 27-21 vote and was sent back
for a full house vote. On October 26, 2007, in a letter addressed
to the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, four key sponsors of the bill,
requested a debate on the bill in full House to be postponed.
Another resolution affirming the U.S. record on the Armenian
Genocide (H.Res.252) was formally introduced in the U.S. House of
Representatives by Reps. Adam Schiff (D.-CA), George Radanovich
(R.-CA), Frank Pallone, Jr. (D.-NJ), and Mark Kirk (R.-Ill) in 2009.
It currently has 137 co-sponsors.
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress