Thursday’s genocide vote in the US congress has produced strong reactions from both Armenia and Turkey. Unsurprisingly, the Armenians are happy at the outcome, while Turkey has recalled its US ambassador.
Kenneth Hachikan, Chairman of the Armenian National Committee, said: “Clearly the members of the committee were under incredible pressure from the Turkish government, and even as late as last night, apparently from the administration, to not do this. So we applaud the bipartisan endorsement of what occurred, and we look forward to moving this on the House floor.”
The Turkish response was blunt. Murcat Mercan, from the Turkish Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters: “We said at the very beginning that the protocols will be affected, and we are a big, very important country. We don’t bluff. Whatever we said in the past will come true.”
The yes vote means that the issue of whether to call the 1915 killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks genocide, can now be considered by the full House of Representatives.
Turkey speaks out against US genocide vote