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Lawmakers Address Turkish Backpedaling

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  • Lawmakers Address Turkish Backpedaling

    31.07.2009 11:02

    Under the leadership of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues
    Co-Chairs, Representatives Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Mark
    Kirk (R-IL), along with Congressmen Adam Schiff (D-CA) and George
    Radanovich (R-CA), a bipartisan group of legislators sent a letter to
    President Barack Obama highlighting Turkey's failure to live up to its
    commitments regarding normalizing of relations with Armenia without
    preconditions, reported the Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly).

    The letter read in part "We write to you [Mr. President] with our
    concerns about Turkish backpedaling on the agreed upon roadmap
    to normalize relations between Turkey and Armenia." Recalling
    stated U.S. policy "that normalization should take place without
    preconditions and within a reasonable timeframe," the letter pointed
    out Armenia's constructive approach and raised concerns about Turkey's
    counterproductive actions: "While the Government of Armenia remains
    committed to this roadmap and has long offered to establish ties
    with Turkey without preconditions, Turkey's public statements and
    actions since April 24th stand in sharp contrast to this agreement
    and undermine U.S. policy that normalization take place without

    Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny commended this bipartisan
    initiative stating that "Armenia has repeatedly offered to normalize
    relations with Turkey without preconditions only to be rebuffed
    by Turkey.

    We also support the position espoused by the Members that the
    Administration should separate the issues of normalization and Genocide
    affirmation. U.S. affirmation of the Armenian Genocide should not be
    held hostage to normalization of relations."