ANKARA (Hurriyet)–Two groups of Turkish parliamentarians will visit Washington, D.C., to lobby against a House Resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide to be voted on by the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs on March 4.
Members of the Turkish Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and the Turkey-U.S. Parliamentary Friendship Group are expected to lobby in the U.S. capital starting March 1.
Suat Kiniklioglu, the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) vice president for foreign relations, described the upcoming vote as “a misfortune” showing “lack of foresight” while the normalization processes between Turkey and Armenia is still underway.
“The Armenian Diaspora in the U.S. attempted [to pass this bill] in 2007, but failed. The bill was passed through the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs, but failed to pass in Congress,” Kiniklioglu told reporters. “We are planning to prevent the bill’s ratification by the committee. In case of failure, we will attempt [to lobby] Congress to not vote for this bill.”
The AKP official called the timing of the vote “absurd and inappropriate” in regard to existing Turkey-U.S. relations. “We hope our efforts will prevent this risky attempt, which may damage bilateral relations,” he said. “We act in unity as government, opposition and NGOs in the U.S.”