NEW YORK (Marmara)–Turkish president Ahmed Necet Sezer urged President Bill Clinton Thursday to oppose the pending Genocide Resolution in Congress–which the Turkish leader said is being used as an election-year ploy to garner votes.
In response Clinton told his Turkish counterpart that he and his administration have always opposed such a bill and they will do what they can to oppose the resolution. However–Clinton reminded Sezer that his presidency is about to end–adding that his abilities were limited in this matter.
Sezer said that within the framework of the presidential elections in the US–"dangerous activities have take rise in Congress," regarding the Armenian Genocide resolution.
The Turkish leader warned that the said Congressional activities may cast a shadow over US-Turkey relations.
Present at the meeting were the Turkish Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State.
In other matter–Sezer told Clinton that Turkey has reservations regarding the future of US-Turkey relations–because of which it is difficult to term those ties as "strategically coordinated."
He urged Clinton to ease quotas on textile imports–as well as called for other economic policy changes to better serve Turkish needs.
In conclusion–Clinton urged Sezer to demonstrate a positive approach toward the resolution of the Cyprus conflict–adding that the Cyprus issue must be resolved between Cypriot Turks and Cypriots.