Turkish FM: Country has not yet considers possibility of closing U.S. military base Incirlik
Although, the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee adopted a resolution recognizing the so-called "Armenian genocide", Ankara has not yet considering closing the U.S. military base Incirlik in Turkey, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.
"Every spring we wait the threat of a crisis in the U.S-Turkey relations with fear," he said. "Yet, we do not consider the closure of Incirlik military base."
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.
Regarding the U.S government's position on the issue of the "Armenian genocide", Davutoglu expressed hope that President Barack Obama will not recognize it Apr.24.
"Recognition of the so-called "Armenian genocide will have a very strong negative impact on the further establishment of peace in the Caucasus", he added.
Turkey calls on Armenia to open all archives and not to exert pressure through the U.S. Congress, and negotiate face to face, Ahmet Davutoglu said.
The minister considers erroneous view that the adoption of the resolution could put pressure on Ankara to ratify the Armenian-Turkish protocols.
"The fact is that Turkey has taken decision on in this issue for ten days, Armenia has done for four months," he said.
The intervention of a third party, in this case the U.S., in relations between Armenia and Turkey, complicates the process of reconciliation between the countries, he said.
The adoption of a resolution recognizing the "Armenian genocide" indicates that the U.S Congress is very weak in developing a future political strategy, the Turkish minister said.