US Administration ‘Deeply Upset’ with Adoption of Resolution on Recognition of ‘Armenian Genocide’ at US Congress
The US Administration is "deeply upset" with the adoption of resolution at the US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs, which recognizes the fact of 'Armenian genocide' as committed by the Ottoman Empire in 1915, Nicolas Burns, the US Deputy Secretary of State, said in talks with journalists on 11 October. The diplomat voiced his hope that Turkey, which is one of valuable and important allies of the United States, will not take any reply steps.
"We hope disappointment / of Turkey in connection with the adoption of resolution / will be reflected in statements and not cause any concrete actions, which would deteriorate our relations with Turkey," Burns said. We cooperated for many years and it is necessary to continue our efficient interaction".
According to Burns, the US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice plans to call on his Turkish counterpart and discuss this issue. "We will express to the Turkish leadership our deep disappointment and give understand that we were against this resolution and did too much to make the results of the voting different," he noted.
The US Congress Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a resolution on the recognition of 'Armenian genocide' with 27 pros and 21 cons. Law-makers voted for this document despite objections by the Bush Administration. Now the resolution should be directed at the consideration of the House of representatives in full composition.
In connection with the adoption of the resolution at profile committee of the House Turkish President Abdullah Gul said that some US politicians turned out deaf to calls of acting from common sense and took an attempt of making the big policy to small inner political games".
Meanwhile, Turkish Premier Rejeb Tayyip Erdogan said that the adoption of the resolution on recognition of the 'Armenian genocide' will hurt the US-Turkish relations. "relations between the United State and Turkey, one of the major partners in region, will become deteriorated," he said.