THE STATEMENT OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE
REGARDING THE HOUSE RESOLUTION 106 ADOPTED BY THE
FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE OF THE
ON OCTOBER 10, 2007
In its meeting on October 10, 2007, the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the US House of Representatives has adopted draft House Resolution 106, with 27 votes for and 21 against, which characterizes the relocation decision taken by the Ottoman Government in 1915 with regard to a portion of its Armenian subjects who were in collaboration with invading forces as genocide.
The nature of the events of 1915 is still being debated. Contrary to Armenian claims, many internationally-renowned historians consider the relocation decision in this period as a war-time security measure that was taken under the conditions of the First World War.
is blatantly obvious that the House Committee on Foreign Affairs does not have
a task or function to re-write history by distorting a matter which
specifically concerns the common history of Turks and Armenians. The
responsibility of parliaments is to further improve relations between peoples
and look to the future, not to the past.
of accepting our sincere proposal, the ill-conceived agenda pursued by
Our Government resents and condemns this decision. It is not possible to accept such an accusation of a crime which was never committed by the Turkish nation.
the debate leading to the consideration of H.Res.106 in Committee, the US
Administration at the highest level and numerous eminent, experienced and
responsible personalities in the
It is an irresponsible act for a Committee of the House of Representatives to pass, in this manner and at an extremely critical time, a draft that will not only endanger the relations with a friendly and allied nation but also jeopardize a strategic partnership that has been cultivated for generations.
We still hope that common sense will prevail and that the House of Representatives will not move this resolution any further. At this point, the responsibility that falls on the Speaker of the House of Representatives as well as all its members is obvious.
We will exert every effort to prevent the passage of this resolution from the House of Representatives.