LONDON (Combined Sources)–British Justice Minister Jack Straw reassured Turkey on Wednesday that a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide in the United Kingdom would not be adopted by the House of Commons, the Turkish Anatolian News Agency reported.
“The chance of this becoming law is zero. I can assure everyone on this issue,” said Straw, addressing a Turkey-England Business forum luncheon on Tuesday attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ERdogan. his foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and other Turkish officials.
He said that only one of the 651 members of the House of Commons backed the bill, noting that the neither the government nor the opposition supported it.
Straw, who reiterated England’s support for Turkey’s European Union bid, said the EU needed Turkey as much as Turkey needed the EU.
Similar resolutions recognizing the Armenian Genocide were recently adopted by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Swedish Parliament, causing panic in Turkey, which spends millions of dollars annually lobbying against any recognition of the Genocide committed against Armenians by the Ottoman Turkish government during World War 1.