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  • ANKARA: 'If Armenian Genocide Bill Accepted, US may Apply to Hague'

    INTERNATIONAL 04.24.2006 Monday - ISTANBUL 17:15
    'If Armenian Genocide Bill Accepted, US may Apply to Hague'
    By Ali H. Aslan, Washington
    Published: Sunday, April 23, 2006

    The specialist lawyer, Gunay Evinch, spoke to Zaman about the possible
    legal implications of Washington Armenian lobby's activities for

    Evinch believes the bills presented to the US Congress will not be
    accepted easily.

    He says Armenians failed to make the House of Representatives accept
    their allegations; so they are pressuring members of the Senate.

    `What will be its legal implications, if the so-called Armenian
    genocide is approved by the House of Representatives or the Senate,
    though it is a rare possibility?' is question much in the air

    According to Evinch, in such a case, the US Foreign Secretary might
    have to apply to the Hague Tribunal as required by the United Nations
    genocide agreement article number 9 because it is difficult for the
    government to ignore such a decision by the Senate, though the bill is
    not `binding' for the government.

    The executive wing of the government might be pressured on the ground
    `why it is not taking initiatives for human rights.'

    If the issue appears at the Hague Tribunal, the US and Turkey will
    have to launch a legal debate whether the issue comes within the
    purview of the court.

    The US might initiate a detailed case or request a `recommendation,'
    if the court accepts the case.

    Observers say since the US does not want to confront a strategic
    partner like Turkey, it will continue to pressure the Congress to not
    approve pro-genocide bills.

    Evinch believes that Armenians try to `politicize' the issue since
    they can only provide Hague Tribunal with `secondary' evidences and
    their chance of winning the case is low.

    If the issues dating back to World War I are re-debated and the
    Pandora box is opened, Turkey may also bring to the fore the unjust
    treatments committed against the Turkish and Muslim people during that
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