STEPAN SAFARYAN: ARMENIAN GENOCIDE RESOLUTION U.S. BARGAIN

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March 2 2010
Armenia

"The possibility of the U.S. Congress adopting an Armenian Genocide
resolution will enable the United States to pressure Turkey in the
Armenian-Turkish reconciliation process," Stepan Safaryan, Chairman of
the Heritage parliamentary faction, told a press conference on March 2.

>From the moment the Armenian-Russian protocols were singed, Turkey
launched a policy of long-term delay of international recognition
of the Armenian Genocide, he said. Safaryan pointed out that the
ratification of the protocols may halt the process. "It is not yet
clear whether U.S. President Barack Obama will pronounce the word
'genocide' on April 24. It is not ruled out in case Turkey fails to
meet the United States' requirements. It is more important, however,
that the U.S. Congress adopt the Armenian Genocide resolution,"
Safaryan said. The discussions at the U.S. Congress scheduled for
March 4 are nothing but another step to threaten Turkey.

In his turn, the specialist in Turkic philology Ruben Melkonyan,
said that the possibility of the U.S. Congress adopting the Armenian
Genocide resolution will exacerbate the anti-American sentiments
in Turkey.

According to him, in its efforts to prevent the recognition of the
Armenian Genocide, Turkey has become hostage to its own actions. "The
United States, as well as a number of European states, making use of
the problem, will be 'extorting' concessions from Turkey, and the
present market relations between the United States and Turkey are
evidence thereof. Using the Armenian Genocide resolution as a bludgeon,
the United States is threatening turkey even now," Melonyan said.

He emphasized the fact that before March 4, President Barack Obama,
in contrast to his predecessor, George Bush, is keeping silence
about the possibility of the U.S. Congress adopting the Armenian
Genocide resolution. Safaryan, in turn, pointed out that on the way
to normalizing its relations with Turkey, Armenia has to "rearrange"
its actions toward Turkey.