Monday, March 19, 2007

Turkish Parliamentary Delegation Concludes Talks In Washington D.C.

The Anatolian Times

WASHINGTON D.C. - "Talks of the Turkish delegation were very fruitful. I was not so hopeful during my last visit to Washington D.C. 8 weeks ago. The U.S. party is now aware of the seriousness of the matter," Turkish Justice & Development Party (AKP) parliamentarian Egemen Bagis said on Friday.

The Turkish parliamentary delegation concluded talks in Washington D.C. where they visited to lobby against the resolution on so-called Armenian genocide.

Speaking at a news conference held at the Turkish embassy, Bagis said following the visit of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to New York, Chief of General Staff Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Foreign Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Abdullah Gul, and Turkish parliamentary delegations to Washington D.C., both the Congress and U.S. administration better understood Turkey's sensitivity on the matter.

Recalling that there has been a reaction in Turkey against the U.S. foreign policy in the recent years, Bagis said, "there will be a very negative impact if this resolution passes."

Bagis said Turkey could reconcile with Armenia, however that Armenian diaspora living in the USA and the West deliberately prevented this.

On the other hand, another AKP parliamentarian Vahit Erdem indicated that, "we have seen that the atmosphere has been changing as regards to the resolution. However, the situation is still critical."

"Relations between Turkey and the United States will inevitably be negatively affected if the resolution is adopted," he added.

Republican People's Party (CHP) parliamentarian Ersin Arioglu in his part said Turkey, which has been passing through a critical period, was under some kind of siege, and was face to face with a very big slander like genocide.

Reha Denemec, another AKP parliamentarian indicated that the resolution would not be advantageous for Turkey and the USA.

Bagis said the Turkish delegation met around 30 members of the House of Representatives.

A third Turkish delegation is scheduled to visit Washington D.C. at the end of this month with the same goal.

Note: Above are excerpts from the article. The full article appears here. Clarifications and comments by me are contained in {}. Deletions are marked by [...]. The bold emphasis is mine.

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