Turkey pleased Armenian genocide bill not brought up in U.S. house session

20:21, December 23, 2010      

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

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization, the foreign minister said his country was against political offices deciding on historical events.

"Turkey will not tolerate this issue being brought up as a tool for blackmail, hanging like the sword of Damocles over our heads," he said, adding the move would only serve to hurt Turkish-U.S. and Turkish-Armenian relations."

Davutoglu said although he was pleased that the bill had not been brought up in Wednesday's House session, he was not satisfied with the reason behind it, noting he wished the U.S. officials' motivation had come from a desire to foster positive dialogue, and not from an aversion to a potential crisis.

Besides, Davutoglu said Turkey fully supports the development of Turkish-Armenian relations through peaceful means, and would support and attempt to bring peace to the southern Caucasus.

Source: Xinhua
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