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Recognizing 'Armenian Genocide' may damage U.S.-Turkish relations: Turkish president

Türkiye Materials 20 February 2009 11:42 (UTC +04:00)
Recognizing 'Armenian Genocide' may damage U.S.-Turkish relations: Turkish president

If the U.S. Congress discusses a bill to recognize the "Armenian Genocide," U.S.-Turkish relations may suffer, Turkish President Abdullah Gul said.

"Discussing a bill on the 'genocide' may damage Turkish-U.S. relations," the Turkish Yeni Safak newspaper wrote, citing Gul.

The Turkish president expressed his opinion at a meeting with Deputy Parliamentary Speaker at the U.S. Senate, Senator Richard Durbin.

Gul said the bill may damage the process of normalizing relations between Turkey and Armenia.

Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the Ottoman Empire, Turkey's predecessor, committed genocide against ethnic Armenians in Anatolia in 1915.

The Armenian lobby is expected to strengthen their activities to recognize the event in parliaments around the world in light of the anniversary of the alleged genocide this April.

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