Passage of the resolution recognizing so-called 'Armenian genocide' will dramatically undermine the relationships linking the United States and Turkey, George Bush said in the White House at a meeting with journalists, ITAR-TASS quoted. He called on American law lawmakers to reject the resolution. "Its passage would do great harm to our relations with a key ally in NATO and in the global war on terror," he said. It is expected the draft resolution will be put for voting at the Committee on Foreign Affairs at US Congress's House of Representatives on 11 October. Though the document does not have any compulsory power, its adoption is fraught with undermining relationships with Turkey, United States' old strategic partner, Vesti quoted.
On 10 October, US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, and US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, called on American law-makers to reject the resolution recognizing 'Armenian genocide' of 1915 committed in the Ottoman Empire. According to them, adoption of such document can seriously harm the country's relationships with Turkey which is considered to be one of United States' key allies.
"Passage of such a resolution would be "highly destabilizing" to U.S. goals in the Middle East," Rice warned. She cautioned that the nonbinding measure would jeopardize cooperation by Turkey in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Appearing with Rice just after a weekly briefing with military leaders in Iraq, Gates said 70 percent of all air cargo going into Iraq and one-third of the fuel consumed there goes through Turkey. He also said "access to airfields and to the roads and so on in Turkey would be very much put at risk if this resolution passes, and the Turks react as strongly as we believe they will."
The Congress several times attempted to pass the resolution, also during Clinton's former administration, however the attempts were not a success. US Administration recognizes mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, but never labels it 'genocide'. Armenian lobby is very mighty in the United States. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is the third person in the US administration, also supports the anti-Turkish resolution. She says the resolution is well supported in both Houses.