Azerbaijan, Baku, March 5 / Trend E.Tariverdiyeva /
The House of Representatives and U.S. Senate are not likely to support the resolution on the so-called "Armenian genocid" recognized by the International Relations Committee, U.S. expert on South Caucasus and Turkey Mark N. Katz believes.
"But will the resolution then be passed by the House of Representatives as a whole? But will the Senate also pass the resolution? In my view, this is highly unlikely--if only because it is very difficult for the Senate to pass anything that is controversial," Politics Professor at the Public and International Affairs Department at George Mason University Mark Katz wrote Trend in an e-mail.
U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday adopted 23 votes to 22 a resolution recognizing the so-called "Armenian genocide".
Armenia claims that the Ottoman Empire committed genocide against Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Making greater efforts to promote the issue internationally, Armenians have achieved its recognition by parliaments of some countries.
How this affects US-Turkish relations depends on how Turkey reacts, Katz said. "If both the House and the Senate pass the resolution, US-Turkish relations are highly likely to be negatively affected. But this, I believe, is highly unlikely," he added.
However, Turkey may react negatively to approval of the resolution by just the House Foreign Affairs Committee, he said. "I would hope not, but if it does, this will actually increase the chances that the full House and perhaps even the Senate will also approve the measure," Katz added.
Prior to discussions, the U.S. President Barack Obama advised Congress not to adopt resolution on genocide, CNN Turk reported.
Meanwhile the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a telephone conversation with the chairman of the committee on foreign affairs of the U.S. Congress said that the adoption of resolution jeopardizes the Armenian-Turkish protocols.
The U.S-Turkish relations have reached a higher level, and the U.S. should not risk the progress made in resolving the Armenian-Turkish relations, considering the matter, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said March 4.
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