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House Democrats on Tuesday approved a controversial resolution to recognize the Armenian genocide, a move destined to anger Turkey at a time of tense relations with the United States
Speaking on the House floor in support of H. Res. 296, the house Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-NY, said the resolution “is an important measure to set the record straight on the atrocities suffered by the Armenian people at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century. Century.”
“We know what happened in this dark period of history. Between 1915 and 1923, 1.5 million Armenians were murdered. That was a genocide, and it is important that we take this crime what it was.”
Turkey has long describe controversial, the term “genocide” to what happened, calls the death toll is inflated and taking into account the killed victims of the war.
Earlier this year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Nations accused his country of genocide, had their own “bloody” past.”
Decisions by the United States, recognize the genocide of the Armenians several times in the last few decades, have been introduced, but never reached the ground. Such cases have occurred separately under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.
Opponents of the resolution say that the formal recognition of the Armenian genocide risks angering Turkey, whose relationship is crucial for stability in the region. But such apprehensiveness has subsided with the Turkish invasion of North-East Syria at the beginning of this month, the President of Trump’s withdrawal of US troops from the region.
“I think some of us are a bit annoyed with Turkey, and we want you to know how much annoyed we are,” angels NPR said last week.
ESPER DEFENDED THE U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE NORTHERN PART OF SYRIA AS A TRUMP ENDLESS WARS, BEMOANING THE”,’ ADVERTISES FOR SANCTIONS AGAINST TURKEY
H. Res. 296 is sponsored a bipartisan bill, co-by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and GOP Reps. Gus Bilirakis of Florida and Peter King of New York.
It went with 226 votes in favour of the Democrats, 178 by Republicans and one by an Independent. In all 11 Republicans have no voted. Two Democrats and one Republican voted present.
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H. R. 4695, a separate bipartisan bill to impose sanctions against Turkey and condemn his enter Syria passed 403-16.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.