U.S. Envoy, Turkey’s AKP Rep. Discuss Armenian Genocide Resolution

U.S. ENVOY, TURKEY’S AKP REP. DISCUSS ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION

April 14, 2014 – 19:16 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net – U.S. ambassador to Turkey Francis Ricciardone
and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Deputy Head Mehmet Ali Sahin
discussed the U.S. Senate committee’s adopting of the Armenian Genocide
Resolution, TRT Haber said.

The latest developments in Syria, Iraq, Iran, Cyprus, Palestine,
Israel, Ukraine, and Turkey-U.S. relations were also on the meeting
agenda.

“‘We both agreed on the importance of keeping Turkish-American
relations in a high level,” Ricciardone told journalists after the
meeting.

For the first time in nearly a quarter century, a U.S. Senate committee
on April 10, adopted an Armenian Genocide Resolution, calling upon
the Senate to commemorate this crime and encouraging the President
to ensure that America’s foreign policy reflects and reinforces
the lessons, documented in the U.S. record, of the still-unpunished
genocide.

With a vote of 12 to 5, the Committee voted to condemn and commemorate
the Armenian Genocide.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
spearheaded the effort to have this influential foreign policy panel
speak clearly regarding the Ottoman Turkish Government’s centrally
planned and systematically carried out campaign of genocide from
1915-1923, which resulted in the deaths of over 1.5 million men,
women and children.

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