Obama administration seeks to block House vote on Armenian genocide resolution Jonathan Cohen at 3:02 PM ET
[JURIST] A spokesperson for the US State Department [official website] said Friday that the Obama administration opposes [daily press briefing] a vote before the full House of Representatives on a resolution [H Res 252 text] branding the World War I-era killings of Armenians by Turkish forces as genocide [JURIST news archive]. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Crowley said, "that any further congressional action will impede the normalization process between Turkey and Armenia." Even though Turkey has recalled its ambassador to the US, Crowley said that the State Department believes:
that the best way for Turkey and Armenia to address their shared past is through their ongoing effort to normalize relations. We have been in contact with Turkish and Armenian officials at the highest levels to urge timely ratification of the protocols, and we look forward to continuing dialogue with them.
Crowley noted that the State Department doesn't "think any further congressional action is appropriate."
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