The resolution (H.Res. 252) calls on the President of the United States to properly acknowledge the historical record on the Armenian Genocide. It is slated for a vote in the US House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 4.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the issue was taken up in detail during Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioglu’s meetings in Washington this week. Sinirlioglu was in the Swiss capital of Bern last week meeting with officials on the issue, as well. The Turkish official had been tasked with securing support from the two Western capitals for Turkey’s efforts to force Armenia to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and agree to a historical commission to examine the Genocide.
“We are exerting efforts for a comprehensive peace in the Caucasus,” said Davutoglu. He warned, however, that attempts to recognize the Armenian Genocide in Congress would harm this objective and called for such initiatives to come to a halt, within reasonable limits.
The issue was also discussed during Davutoglu’s telephone conversation with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to diplomatic sources who said Washington was informed of the resolution’s potential to harm bilateral relations with the United States.