Turkey welcomes U.S. stance on Armenian resolution

10:50, December 24, 2010      

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Turkish President Abdullah Gul on Thursday welcomed the U.S. stance by executives who prevented the resolution on the Armenian allegations regarding the incidents of 1915 from being included in the official daily agenda of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Gul said at a press conference in Istanbul, "the U.S. administration, mainly President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, did their best on the matter. We appreciate them."

"Thus, they have prevented Turkish-U.S. relations from being captured by a totally irrelative issue," the Turkish president added.

Gul said, "it is very clear how much importance both we and President Obama attach to Turkish-U.S. relations. We are in close cooperation on important issues concerning the region and the world."

Earlier in the day, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey was pleased that a bill recognizing the Armenian genocide had not been brought up in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The resolution "H. Res. 252" -- labeling the 1915 incidents, which took place shortly before the fall of the Ottoman Empire, as genocide -- was approved by the Foreign Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives by a vote of 23 against 22 last March.

The adoption of the resolution caused wide reaction in Turkey, including recall of its ambassador to U.S., who returned to Washington D.C. a month later.

Source: Xinhua

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