Pentagon’s Head Concerned about US House Committee’s Resolution Recognizing Armenian Genocide
During the negotiations in Pentagon on 18 October US Defence Minister, Robert Gates, and Armenian Prime Minister, Serzh Sargsyan, did not touch upon the resolution recognizing Armenian genocide of 1915, according to Mediamax.
US Defence Minster said that on 18 October, ITAR-TASS reports
The head of Pentagon expressed his concern about the resolution recognizing Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire, which was passed by US House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee on 10 October. "I will say again it has potential to do real harm to our troops in Iraq and would strain - perhaps beyond repair - our relationship with a key ally in a vital region and in the wider war on terror," Gates said.
"I don't think the Turks are bluffing. I think it is that meaningful to them," Gates said. "I think there is a very real risk of perhaps not shutting us down" in terms of access to Turkish airspace for resupplying U.S. troops in Iraq, but of at least restricting it," he said.